iOS 11 on iPhone 6 (or older) devices

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by RobbyIdol, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    I have an iPhone 6 and I feel like iOS 10 may be the pinnacle OS for it's design. Other than a few simple tweaks (like the new control center), I don't see much difference or appeal in 11 for those of us owning older devices. The risk of system lag is too high to download and try for me. Right now, 10.3.3 runs buttery smooth on my iPhone 6 and I've made the mistake before of upgrading software beyond a phone's hardware capabilities.

    So who's running 11 on an iPhone 6 (or older)? Your thoughts? Is there any real change that benefits your experience?
  2. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    I'd stay on 10.3.3 if on a 6, the changes with iOS 11 for the iPhone are not substantial enough to sacrifice any performance losses. I run it on a 6s just for the improved safari scrolling. However the more I use iOS 11, the more I am thinking of rolling back to 10.3.3 while the opportunity exists. It isn't very polished and noticing many instances of lag that were not there on 10.3.3 on my 6s.
  3. numberfour macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2015
    I'm planning on leaving my 6 on ios 10, but interested to hear the consensus among people who upgraded whether it's smooth
  4. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I upgraded. It seems fine. I've just decided to upgrade the battery in my 6 and keep it for another year.
  5. ImBuz macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    Works very well for me--so far no hick ups--however like some others--the keyboard shift does not seem to be supported on the 65
  6. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    iPhone 6 here, on iOS 11.
    I am extremely pleased with overall performance.
  7. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Here's a video comparing. Apps open a bit slower.

  8. videotape74 macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2016
    I am on an iPhone 6 that I got a few month ago (replacement from Apple because my previous had battery issues) and have been running iOS 11 since Beta 1.

    Aside from some of the typical issues that others had with the Beta, I am very happy with iOS 11 on my 6. Don’t upgrade to 11 or stay on 10 based on what you read...different people have different issues. Try it and see if you like it!

    I am very happy with iOS 11 and I do not notice any really performance issues. But then again, I’m not so picky that a few milliseconds difference on an animation are going to destroy me. It really isn’t that tragic...
  9. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I REALLY like the screenshot functionality. Screenshot, markup, and send without saving and not cluttering up photos. It's great.
    Maybe I'm weird and do that more than average user LOL...

    But yes, it's slower on my 6, but tolerable.
  10. NoBoMac, Sep 20, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017

    NoBoMac macrumors 68020

    Jul 1, 2014
    This. I'm not OCD/anal to the point milliseconds matter. My (soon to be ex) 6 is running fine. The main apps I use are running well. Not a social media, alternate messaging, gaming app user, so, not flipping wildly between apps and responding to notification alerts (have those turned off for most apps), so, not noticing anything dramatic performance-wise.

    At a 32k foot view, not seeing any lag.
  11. Salvor Hardin macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    I hate how the App Store doesn't bother to tailor itself to your device, despite A7 not having ARKit the apps/games pages are headlined with those apps, this seems like such a simple fix I can only imagine that they do it to make you feel bad for not having a new device.
  12. Jjayf macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2015
    I'm happy with iOS 11 on my 6. But my 6 is going to retire after 10/27. I've wanted to upgrade for two cycles now and honestly nothing was new and exciting enough to entice me. My 6 has been dying a slow death by battery for awhile now and it's time to put it to rest.
  13. iOZZY macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2013
    Stamford, England
    Just updated my mums iPhone 6 and pleasantly surprised how well it is performing, no glitching or stuttering.
  14. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
  15. xxNightflyerxx macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2016
    For what concerns smooth animations, it's quite ok. However, apps get kicked out of memory a lot quicker, which makes apps reload much more than on iOS 10 : this makes overall experience slower for me (one of the few device left with 1 GB RAM).
    Battery life is also terrible. After a week on the GM, I returned to 10.3.3 yesterday evening. Already today I noticed a lot better battery life. Average life is about 6h on 10, on 11 it was about 4h.
    Battery wear is 14% (500 cycles) on a 6 that's almost 3 years old.

    I am definitely holding off on upgrading for now, might reconsider in a few months, but not sure if 11 brings enough to sacrifice performance for. By then a downgrade will be impossible, so better to act cautiously.
  16. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    I assume there are some security updates enhancements in iOS 11 that are not in 10. I always update my phone to the current OS.
  17. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    No problems here. The Apple TV remote on the control centre and the upgrades to watch os4 are particular highlights, but I’m liking the general look and feel updates too. Obviously it’s way better on the iPad Pro, and I was always going to upgrade everything to the same.

    Good update as far as I can see

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