iOS 9: iPhone 4S will receive it?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by AGX, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. AGX macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2014

    do you think that iPhone 4S will receive the iOs 9 that Tim Cook has described as an optimization and not an "add feature" release?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Possibly, but not likely. It could be part of the S models getting another year of iOS updates over the preceding non-S models. The discontinuation of iOS updated for an S model has only happened once, because of this it is not possible to define a trend.
  3. yzjustdatguy macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2013
    I'm gonna say no considering that every phone prior got 3 software updates before being discontinued. iOS 8 will probably be the last update for the 4S
  4. Matheew944 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2015
    Absolutely not.Ios 9 wont be compatible with 4s..Iphone 5 will get., but possibly IOS 9 will be the last for Iphone 5.
  5. AGX thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2014

    The last update for 4S has killed it for usability.
  6. AleXXXa macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2015
    I hope so. Or at least give us the option to go back to iOS 7.

    iOS8 makes the phone unusable. 7.1 was okay-ish.
  7. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    If iOS 9 is the rumored performance/bug fix update, I don't see why not, actually. However, it may still get discontinued anyway. We will see what happens in June, I guess.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I think it is highly unlikely the 4s will get iOS 9.
  9. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Always the case. Never install the third major update from the version of iOS that your phone ships with.
    Personally I would never go past the second, from painful experience.
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Well said.
    We saw how ios 6.1.6 ended up running on the iphone 3GS and ios 7.1.2 on the iphone 4.
    After 3 years of updates the old hardware with the latest software really drags and makes for a painful experience.
  11. Speedman100 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2013
    If the 4s doesn't get the update, then that means the iPod touch is dead to Apple. The iPod touch came out at the same time as the iPhone 5, but it uses the processor of the 4s. The iPad 2 uses this processor, as does the iPad mini. I feel like these devices might get one more year, but of course they might not. It would be weird for the iPod touch though. Apple would be selling a dead device.
  12. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    We have no idea, there are arguments on both sides. It should be easier to guess closer to WWDC.
  13. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Normally I would say no. This is the year the 4s should be cut off. However apple are still selling the original iPad mini, which has the same processor as the 4s. Which would lead me to guess that the mini will be supported next iOS update. If they support the mini, there is no reason not to support the 4s.
    However normal iPhone precedence indicates that it won't get iOS 9.
  14. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    If they support the iPod Touch 5 there is no reason not to support the 4S as they are the same internally in terms of the processor, ram and graphics. I assume since the iPod Touch 5 is for sale, that it will be supported, and thus the iPhone 4S will also be supported. Also the iPad Mini 1 is still for sale which is also A5. In fact between the iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad Mini 1, around 60 percent of iPad users use a A5 iPad.

    There is no real 'pattern' to iPhones receiving support. The 2G and 3G received 2 updates and the 3GS and 4 received 3. No reason that Apple can't give the 4S 4 updates, especially if iOS 9 is focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements (if the rumours are correct).

    There are also far more iPhone 4s's in use than previous iPhone models in their 3rd and 4th years, as Apple sold more 4S's than any model before it.

    Lets also remember that the iPhone 4S has done better than the iPhone 4, in terms of running its 3rd update far better.

    Thats iOS 5 vs iOS 8, and tbh there isn't a great deal of difference.
  15. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2014
    if they do: why is my phone so slow
    If they don't: **** you Apple. Piece of **** company. Planned obsolescence. BLAH BLAH BLAH
  16. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Its a phone from 2011...
  17. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    No way in crap will the 4S get iOS9. It's already extremely outdated comparing to the newer models.
  18. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    I'd have thought it highly unlikely.

    Seeing as the iPhone 4S will be four years old this year I can't imagine Apple would wish to continue updating it.

    Not only that if iOS 8 performs badly on the device, what's to say iOS 9 will be any different?
  19. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    When did Tim Cook describe this? Source?
  20. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    Why not? The rumour is iOS 9 will be a performance based update os if it runs the same or better than iOS 8, then they should support it. Especially as it shares the internals with the iPod Touch 5 which is for sale now which I would assume will receive iOS 9 (as besides one time, Apple has always provided updates for devices , a year after they are discontinued). The 4S has similar internals to the iPad 2, iPad Mini 1 and iPad 3, which hold around 60 percent of the iPad market share.


    He never did. The general assumption is that iOS 9 will mainly focus on performance improvements and bug fixes, based on several rumours.
  21. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    It's more likely to get iOS 9 than iPhone 4 was ever going to get iOS 8, but it's still hard to say.
  22. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  23. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    History also indicates that apple changes iPhone support cycles..

    The 2G and 3G got two updates
    The 3GS and 4 got three updates

    Maybe the cycle will follow the pattern?

    The 4S and 5 could get four updates


    It is hard to say.

    I think the most likely reason for it to get iOS 9, is that unlike the lone supported A4 iPhone 4 in 2014, the iPhone 4S has the identical touch 5, and the A5 iPad 2, iPad Mini and iPad 3 which count for over half the installed iPad base.

    There are also more iPhone 4S's in use this year than there were iPhone 4's last year. I'd put that down to the fact that with every iPhone, Apple sold more and more of them, meaning with each version, there are more out in the wild.
  24. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011

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