iOS 8 hold-out considering updating from 7.1.2 iPhone 5s. Advice appreciated

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by westcoastin, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. westcoastin, Apr 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015

    westcoastin macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Hi all,

    As the title says, I have held out on updating to iOS 8 for numerous reasons, mainly the bugs users have reported and lag/slowdown experienced. What are your guys' experiences, specifically those with a 5s, that have updated to iOS 8.x.x? Are you satisfied with your phone's performance, or do you wish you hadn't updated and remained on 7.1.2. Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.
  2. lovewd macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2013
    Works fine for me. I'd say the new messages features made it worth the upgrade for me
  3. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    If you have an iPhone 5S, I would say go ahead and update. No discernible speed differences and the iOS 8 updates are fantastic. Especially handoff, quick reply to texts is amazing (can't go back now) and the widgets have proved much more useful than I ever thought. Nice to see a full calendar, current weather in a few cities, my wunderlist reminders, launch my google maps plan, see my current battery life remaining and all that with one swipe down. Among other things.

    Big plus over iOS 7 for me.

    If you have an iPhone 5 or lower than it might be worth holding out especially to see if there will be an iOS8 version on par with ios7 or ios8.0.2 performance on iPhone 5 or iOS 7 performance on the 4S

    My 0.02$
  4. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    I have 5S and initially I also held out upgrading to ios8, but decided to update with 8.0.2 to try new features. Since then I haven't noticed any big issues and the new features are certainly worth upgrading. Current version 8.2 is much more stable and 8.3 is on the horizon.. and then soon the next iOS. One thing to remember is in forums people usually report what's not working, which is good to know, but you don't get to hear what's all working well.

  5. sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    I would recommend you take a look at the 8.3 threads. That update is working well for folks even with the older devices. It should be out soon as its in Beta 4 for devs and Beta 2 for public users. (same build actually). Seems I have seen several 5s users with good results.
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    5s has been fine on iOS 8, and even 5/5c has been without much noticeable difference compared to iOS 7 (as far as the device performance goes, not so much as far as general iOS issues themselves, which most devices can experience, no matter how new or old they are).
  7. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
  8. gardiboy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2011
    I would suggest updating to 8.2.

    After that, just do a "reset all settings' to clear stuff out (You won't lose data).

    (I always do that as a ritual)
  9. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Even 5S looses it's butter fluid smoothness in iOS 8.2. I personally thought iOS gives you very little to none of the useful features apart from bugs and UI stutter. That you get in abundance.
  10. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    If you want the features, you should absolutely upgrade.

    If you're happy with your 5S as it is, leave it.

    I have run iOS 8 on. 5, 5S and 6. There were no performance issues after updating.
  11. westcoastin thread starter macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Thank you everyone for your input and sharing your experience with iOS 8. Looks like I have some thinking to do. I am satisfied with my phone's performance as is, and do not necessarily need the new features in iOS 8. The mention of the phone losing its buttery smoothness kind of worries me, and I am not sure it is worth upgrading to if that's the case.
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    iOS 8.3 has improved things on my iPhone 5. It's no iOS 7 but it's much better than the initial iOS 8 release. I'm sure the 5s will be even better.
  13. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    On my 5s, I don't see any drawback to updating to 8.2.

    Since updating to iOS 8, I've had exactly one random reset (look up "white screen of death" if you want to relive how prevalent this issue was with the early versions of iOS 7). If you're talking about performance and stability, 8.2 is at least on par with 7.1.2 in my experience. And in my case, iOS 8.2 works far better with Bluetooth than 7.1.2 ever did (iOS 8.0 fixed some Bluetooth issues while introducing new ones).

    Keep in mind that you will lose a lot of storage space, since iOS 8 uses a larger installation file. But, IMO the main reasons to update are security patches and app compatibility, as iOS 8 now makes up close to 80% of the user base and more developers target iOS 8 in their app updates.
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
  15. adamhenry macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach

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