I still on iOS 6.1 should I update

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by tazz3, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. tazz3 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    Hey all, I have an iPad 4 with 6.1.3 the iPad is fine should I update to ips 7 and is 7 better then 6 thanks
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's really up to you to decide, and there's certainly quite a bit of information online reviewing iOS 7 and comparing it to iOS 6 to help you with that decision. That said, iOS 8 is going to be here in a few weeks, so something else to think about. Beyond that, at the very least, iOS 6.1.3 has some well known security issues in it, so there's more support for updating at least based on that.
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    My girlfriend is still having problems with iOS 7 on her 4s. I don't know what your situation will be, but there's still a non-zero chance it won't be good.
  4. tazz3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
  5. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    ios 7 runs great on the ipad 4 but ios 8 is more resource demanding. I suggest you update to ios 7.
  6. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Keep your iPad 4 on iOS 6. Please. Your iPad will perform better: faster and more fluid navigation, faster app loading times, emits less heat while running, less lag, and more apps are held in memory because of more available RAM in iOS 6.

    Updating your iPad to iOS 7 or 8 will be a major hit to every aspect of your iPad's performance. The only positives of updating your device (which IMHO are not worth it to decrease performance of a $500 device): Several iOS 7 & 8 features added (useful for some, but IMHO not worth the performance hit), FaceTime works (you can use Skype instead if you want), and a few security issues are fixed (but iOS 6 is still very secure, iOS in general has always been extremely secure).

    The above can be applied to all iOS devices. Right now, with the innovation in mobile software which requires more hardware resources every year, by far the best option for performance is to keep your device on the iOS release it came with. This keeps your device performing at its best, and it will always perform like new.
  7. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Its up to you!
    Personally, I would update to iOS 7.1 now to be prepared to update to iOS 8.
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It won't be a major hit, although it might not be exactly as fast/smooth as iOS 6. That said, leaving it on an old version won't be like new given that there are aexueity holes present, affected functionality that doesn't work because of that, apps that no longer get updates and new apps or new versions that can't be installed. So certainly a good amount to consider.
  9. lelisa13p, Sep 13, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2014

    lelisa13p macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2009
    Atlanta, GA USA
    I held onto iOS 6.1.2 on iPad 4 and iPhone 5. Upgraded both devices to iOS 7.1.2 two days ago, reasoning that after Wed 09/17, iOS 7 may not be available and my iPhone 5 might not digest iOS 8 as well as I'd like it to (lowest/oldest device on the compatibility list) and then I'd be stuck without options.

    Both devices are just fine with iOS 7.1.2 and I have no battery complaints, either.

    The only difference that I've found is that pressing the Home button to return to your first screen isn't smooth like iOS 6 was. But heck, it still works fine.

    You might also consider my reasons.
  10. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    This is sound advice, I have an iphone 4 & 5 on ios 6, the 5 is as fast as it was when I got it, and the battery life is still good. The 4, while slower still works good as an ipod. I am trading the 4 in for an iphone 6 and will use the 5 as an ipod and get it unlocked . I may even get a 5s and leave that on ios7.

    My ipad air is on 7, I think I'll leave it on 7.
  11. Gincoma macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Hello my mom has the 4s with iOS 6 on it still and since iOS 8 got released today she missed out on iOS7. Will she still be fine with 6 or is apple eventually going to cut her off? Thank you
  12. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    Do not update to iOS 8 with iPhone 4S. You can update to 7.1.2 by downloading an IPSW and then shift+updating. Also, if she does choose to get iOS 8, it will be the last update she will receive.
  13. Gincoma macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Whats IPSW? Would I update over the air or iTunes?
  14. diane143 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I'm still on iOS6 on a 4s and iPad 3.

    I've had degrading battery life since last fall on the phone, and spring for the iPad (pretty much as soon as they hit 2 years old). I was able to get a new battery for the phone but Apple didn't feel the iPad had a bad one. They insisted I should wipe clean and restore, then upgrade to 7. I really don't like the look of 7 so I've procrastinated (and didn't realize 8 was out TODAY!)

    Battery life on the phone is improved but not as good as it was. iPad is still horrible. It overheats and drains in a night.

    Should I upgrade to 7 today? I haven't gotten the push to 8 yet.

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