Do you have a dedicated device for iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Voodoofreak, Jul 28, 2013.


Do you have a dedicated iOS7 device

  1. Yes

    20 vote(s)
  2. No

    50 vote(s)
  1. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Not sure where this post would be more appropriate...but I was just wondering if you guys generally have a dedicated device for iOS 7...or do you load it on to your main iPhone/iPad/iPod?

    I'm starting to get into iOS development and was wondering if I should invest in a separate device down the road or stick to the just testing out on my main iPhone. Appreciate any insight. :)
  2. Jakimo macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    My only iPhone is my dedicated iOS 7 device, it's fine and getting better..

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
  3. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    IMHO use a separate device if you can since you will be testing out your apps presumably.
  4. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    I used to have a dedicated device in the past but it didn't really work that well. You don't really get very good testing on dedicated devices. Outside of having to pay another phone contract just to test apps, you don't have it with you all the time so certain use cases just get skipped.

    Dedicated devices might be fine for certain apps but if you use networking I think it's a mistake to not use it on a daily driver.

    There are a lot of people on here getting on peoples cases for putting a beta on their everyday phone... well those people must not know a whole lot about the process because there are bugs that you would just never find (or are very unlikely to find) unless it is a device you use all the time.
  5. ajt1995 macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2013
    Runnin' iOS 7 on my iPhone 5. Yeah, my ONLY iPhone....:D
  6. vahalla macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2013
  7. fivedots macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Well, if you use your only device, you will be able to test your apps on a future, unreleased OS but not actually on the OS your customers are currently running you app on. Seems to me that would be an issue.
  8. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Unless you app is seriously broken on the current iOS it doesn't really matter all that much. Besides it's a damned if you do damned if you don't situation. For a small developer would you rather have an app that is updated on release day but goes a little while without updates in the interim, or get updates all along (assuming the app even needs them) and then wait a few months after iOS 7 is released to get the compatibility update? One man bands can't be all things to all people so you have to make a choice. I would rather have day 1 support.
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  10. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
  11. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    One of the things I dislike about a separate device is that it's a "fake" environment. Nobody is using the device as their real phone - you're not testing it properly.
  12. Nanasaki macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    Using Nexus 4 as my main phone and installed iOS 7 on iPhone 4s. Using iPad Mini wifi only as iPad testing device.

    So far, iOS 7 runs perfectly on iPhone 4S. iPad just lag...
  13. bamafever09 macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2008
    Hoover/Tuscaloosa Alabama
    I use it on my only device and besides the expected beta problems it hasnt been bad at all.
  14. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Done with MacRumors, the trolls have won
    I use it on my iPad 3. iOS 7 ran much faster on my iPhone 5, but I needed a stable OS on my phone. Hopefully beta 4 will fix the performance issues with the iPad 3, but even if it doesn't, it's still a beta so I won't complain!
  15. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    I used to test new versions on my 4th Gen iPod touch, but now that it is no longer supported I've been loading up iOS 7 on my primary iPhone.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
  16. fivedots macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    I posted a reply stating that your points were valid and that I agreed since you successfully changed my viewpoint on this subject, but apparently it was too brief and added no value to the conversation. Thus it was removed by the mods and I was politely reminded via PM to not waste space on the forum. Yes, I am aware there is a +1 button, however it does not have the same impact as the OP actually responding to someone who has successfully changed their perspective.

    But it does explain why this place feels overwhelming riddled with anger and argument and nearly void of polite and intelligent discourse.

    Glad to see everybody has got their priorities straight.
  17. Voodoofreak thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Oh wow!! I didn't realize I got this many replies. :D

    Thank you for the insight everyone. Thank you robbieduncan for adding a poll. That really helped.

    I'm going to stick to my own device for now and just use that as a testing mule. It will most likely take me a good 4-6 months to get a hang of things completely in iOS so perhaps I can make a better decision then or possibly just end up solidifying the choice of sticking to the main device. :)
  18. KattDaDon macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2011
    I run iOS 7 from my primary iPhone 5 and loving it
  19. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    It's pretty simple....

    If you're goofing around and can afford to have a non-working device, by all means use your primary device. If you are seriously getting into app development, get a dedicated device.
  20. Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    I use a secondary device as my iOS 7 API tester.
  21. SanjeevRana macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2011
    I use my wife's phone as the guinea pig because she doesnt care about technology :p
  22. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
    I only have one iPhone and it's currently on 6.1.2 (still jailbreakable), so I'm in the classic dilemma of, do I test out iOS 7 beta and end up having to restore to iOS 6.1.3?(thus losing my jailbreak). Or do I stick with iOS 6.1.2 for as long as possible and then upgrade to iOS 7 when it actually comes out? Of course then Apple will stop signing iOS 6 so even if I don't like iOS 7, I'm stuck with it. :mad:

    I really wish I had a separate device to test iOS 7.
  23. jjusmo macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2013
    I'm in the same boat. JB'd on 6.0.1 on my iPhone4. I really like how iOS7 looks but I fear it will lag too much.. And if it does, I will lose my JB and I can't stand stock iOS6..

    Gotta convince my bro to put it on his iPhone4 and see how it works I guess lol
  24. Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    Dedicated my iPhone 4s to iOS 7, iPhone 5 still on 6.1.4
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Heh. I loaded the beta on an iPhone 4S I'm no longer using, but then I wanted to see it on an iPhone 5, so I loaded it onto my partner's iPhone 5. It's his everyday device, and he's been using it fine without major problems. My own iPhone 5 is jailbroken, and staying on iOS 6 until there is a jailbreak for iOS 7. :D

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