iOS 7.1 vs 9.0 PB on iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Ternary, Jul 12, 2015.


Should I update the iPhone 5 to 9.0 PB from 7.1?

  1. Update to 9.0 PB.

    8 vote(s)
  2. Stay on 7.1.

    3 vote(s)
  1. Ternary macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2015
    I got a spare iPhone 5 laying around that has iOS 7.1 installed (not 7.1.2). I'm thinking about trying the iOS 9 Public Beta on it, but if I do that, I can't go back to iOS 7.1. My only option would be to go to iOS 8.4, which I know from my main iPhone 5 runs slower than iOS 7.1.

    With that in mind, do you think trying the beta is worth it? I'm interested in the new features.
  2. moomanjohnny macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2014
    Why not just install the Public beta on your main iPhone 5, and if you don't like it go back to 8.4. That way you don't get rid of iOS 7.1 on your spare iPhone 5.
  3. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
  4. Ternary thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2015
    Last time I heard, it's a bad idea to install a beta OS on your primary device.
  5. Beeplance macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    If I were you, I'll keep my old iPhone 5 on 7.1, it works way better than any iOS 8 version on it.

    I suggest you wait till the general release of iOS 9 in September (~2 more months) before you update your main phone.

    Hope you don't let your impatience get the better of you and update your old 7.1 iPhone 5 to 9.0 beta and lose all hopes of getting back to one of the last, most stable version of iOS.
  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    It's a bad idea to install a beta on your daily device and then expect your phone to be problem-free.
    There will be glitches and there will be incompatible apps.
    As long as you know what you're getting into it's relatively pain-free.
    Plus you can always go back to where you were, unlike with your 7.1 phone.
    If you're up for an adventure and familiar with restoring, DFU mode, and other bits of iPhone fun then give it a shot.
    Or don't.
    But I wouldn't mess with the 7.1 phone unless you're happy to lose 7.1.

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