Developers seeded with iOS 8.1.1 beta; update speeds up the Apple iPhone 4s and Apple iPad 2

Developers seeded with iOS 8.1.1 beta; update speeds up the Apple iPhone 4s and Apple iPad 2
Those who still use the Apple iPhone 4s and Apple iPad 2, are about to get some love from Cupertino. Sure, the iPhone 4s was the last iPhone to make do with a 3.5-inch screen, but it was also the first to come with Siri. Many owners of the phone are happy with the smaller screen and wouldn't part with the handset.

Just to make sure that the iPhone 4s is still relevant three years after its launch, Apple has been seeding developers with the iOS 8.1.1 beta. Release notes for the update indicate that it includes "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." By making the greybeards run as though they consumed a glass of prune juice, the update could allow iPhone 4s and iPad 2 owners to escape paying for an upgrade, at least for now. Both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 slowed down after the iOS 7 update, so hopefully iOS 8.1.1 is the fountain of youth for both devices. The update also includes bug fixes.

The adoption rate for iOS 8 is a little more than 50%, which is the slowest rate ever achieved by an iOS update. One feature that many are hoping to find on the new iOS build, is the multitasking split-screen function available on rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Apple hopes to have the split-screen, which allows two applications to be on the display and active at the same time, available for iPads and the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus.



source: Forbes

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh

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16 Comments

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yes Cant wait

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice pic. lol.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I thought Apple is trying to force everyone to upgrade by SLOWING down the older models on purpose. Android trolls, better check outside to see if pigs are flying.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's easier to upgrade an iPhone than it is an android phone. Apple supported the 4 for a few years. They can only support legacy devices so much until it becomes pointless to do so because they're outdated.

6. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I wish my dads Android PoS was still supported… 2 years old and is already #lagware. Oh well. Thats what he gets for buying some crap $60 phone lol. Shoulda bought an S3 or something

7. shiv179

Posts: 176; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

This article is about the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, which are still "supported". The lag and slowdowns on these devices (iOS 7 and 8) are inexcusable, there shouldn't have even been an update.

13. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's a conspiracy! Apple does this on purpose so you'd buy their latest device!

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

My iPad 2 is in desperate need of this update. Everywhere there is stuttering; closing apps, Internet, switching between tasks, basic scrolling, typing on keyboard, unlocking screen...it's just not a pleasant experience. At least gaming is decent for such old hardware.

14. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Same here.

8. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I wonder who still uses this midget crap

9. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

It's not a crap at all, the camera is still comparable with most high-end phones. I still use 4S, i prefer smaller screen, as im doing iphone-ipad combo. I only use my 4S for text, chat, email, and take photos, which is so sufficient.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trying to explain to him, is like trying to explain light speed to a snail.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Have you checked the sales charts yet? Beng the silly attention/green thumb seeking fanboy you are, I didn't think so.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Won't be long guys, I'm ready and waiting.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder whether battery life of the 6+ will get an improvement with 8.1.1? Battery life of my 6+ took a hit going from 8.0.2 to 8.1, so an improvement in battery life would be nice. But given how f*cked up 8.0.2 was, I am not complaining about having to trade battery life for other fixes/improvements.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

Hah, yeah, I believe you.

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