iPhone 5C Performance: 7.1.2 vs. 8.1.2?

logicstudiouser

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* I originally posted this in the ios 7 section, but thought I would get more responses here*
Looking to know from current iPhone 5C owners if performance has improved, gotten worse or is about the same overall going from ios 7 to ios 8.
I am not too fussy about the new ios 8 features, I just care about the device being optimized to the fullest. I have heard some older iPhone users complain about issues with ios 8 being slow or not as fast as before, is iPhone 5C working well with ios 8 (worse or better than ios 7)
Is sticking with 7.1.2 better than going to 8.1.2?
Thanks
 

saudor

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if you're not fussy about the new features, don't update. Im running the 5 (similar specs) and while it runs OK for the most part, i do run into some glitches, messages crashing and whatnot. But luckily, i make use of the ios8 features such as text message forwarding so it's "worth it" for me. Barely anyways
 

sanke1

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I am using a 5c on 8.1.2.

Compared to 7.1.2, 8.1.2 is not as smooth. Touch response has reduced tiny bit. There are random but noticeable lags in UI. Overall, the entire phone UI feels heavy. But most people will not know these small nuances.
 

Ultra AleM

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7.1 is faster (altough the real native blazing fast version is 6.1 on the 5/5c).

If you don't care about the new features, don't update.
 

tryphone

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My 5c runs great on iOS 8.1.2. Some stutter here and there but nothing I wouldn't expect from any OS. Much better than windows phone or android
 

oldmacs

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My iPhone 5 runs iOS 8 pretty immaculately. There is the occasional stutter (Mainly with pulling control centre up) but even A7 and A8 devices seem to stutter occasionally.

That being said 7.1.2 ran pretty perfectly on the 5 and 5C, so if you're not concerned about possible security holes and the new features, don't update.
 

KUguardgrl13

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My iPhone 5 runs fine. 7.1.1 was by far the worst, and all updates have been fine since then. 8.1.2 is definitely doable. I will probably not update to iOS 9 though if I still have this phone. Not after what happened to the iPhone 4 with iOS 7 and the 4S with iOS 8. Hopefully 8.2.x is still ok.
 

Paddle1

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Yes, but it's the same iPhone 5's hardware (identical). So its true native operating system is iOS 6.
No it's not, the 5c supports new antenna frequencies and has a different battery. Also It's impossible to put iOS 6 on the 5c while the 5 is able to run it.
 

afsnyder

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Perfectly fine on my iPhone 5. I do see graphical glitches but nothing that I didn't see on iOS 7.x
 

Paddle1

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New antennas and batteries do not change performance. It's all about the chip (A6). It's identical to the iPhone 5 one. So, the true native OS is iOS 6.
Okay I was just being very specific. But what defines the OS as native? Would that mean the native OS for all A5 devices would be iOS 4 since the iPad 2 had it? Or is the iPhone 5c different because of it being like a 5 with a plastic shell.
 

edenbensal

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My mom's iPhone 5c is on 7.0.4 should I update her phone to latest version?
 
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Ultra AleM

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Okay I was just being very specific. But what defines the OS as native? Would that mean the native OS for all A5 devices would be iOS 4 since the iPad 2 had it? Or is the iPhone 5c different because of it being like a 5 with a plastic shell.
To define when an OS is native, we gotta just see what CPU was born with that OS.
 

oldmacs

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To define when an OS is native, we gotta just see what CPU was born with that OS.
The Native OS is the OS that the device shipped with.

iPhone 2G - iPhone OS 1
iPhone 3G - iPhone OS 2
iPhone 3G - iPhone OS 3
iPhone 4 - iOS 4
iPhone 4S - iOS 5
iPhone 5 - iOS 6
iPhone 5C - iOS 7
iPhone 5S - iOS 7
iPhone 6 - iOS 8
iPhone 6+ - iOS 8
 

saudor

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Okay I was just being very specific. But what defines the OS as native? Would that mean the native OS for all A5 devices would be iOS 4 since the iPad 2 had it? Or is the iPhone 5c different because of it being like a 5 with a plastic shell.
The ipad2 a5 was clocked at 1ghz whereas the 4s was 800. Different specs so no. The 800mhz a5 would be ios5.
 

Ultra AleM

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The Native OS is the OS that the device shipped with.

iPhone 2G - iPhone OS 1
iPhone 3G - iPhone OS 2
iPhone 3G - iPhone OS 3
iPhone 4 - iOS 4
iPhone 4S - iOS 5
iPhone 5 - iOS 6
iPhone 5C - iOS 7
iPhone 5S - iOS 7
iPhone 6 - iOS 8
iPhone 6+ - iOS 8
So, if next year Apple released a plastic iPhone 6 with iOS 9, would it be native? No! The true native OS is iOS 8! iOS 9 would have worse performance.
 

Paradoxally

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The native OS is what ships with each product...
No it's not. It's the lowest firmware version the SoC initially shipped with.

An A5 iPod touch can ship with iOS 6, but A5's true OS wasn't iOS 6, it was 5. That's one of the reasons the iPod touch on iOS 6 performs slower than a 4S on iOS 5.

iOS 6 was best optimized for A6 and A6X.

Just because a product ships with X chip doesn't mean that Y initial firmware is going to run the best. It's just recycling hardware to cut costs.
 

oldmacs

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No it's not. It's the lowest firmware version the SoC initially shipped with.

An A5 iPod touch can ship with iOS 6, but A5's true OS wasn't iOS 6, it was 5. That's one of the reasons the iPod touch on iOS 6 performs slower than a 4S on iOS 5.

iOS 6 was best optimized for A6 and A6X.

Just because a product ships with X chip doesn't mean that Y initial firmware is going to run the best. It's just recycling hardware to cut costs.
I think maybe its a matter of opinion. I see it as the lowest version of an OS that the device can run, as its hardly native to the device if it never ran the software. There is more to a device than the processor.
 

jahall05

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My 5c runs great on iOS 8.1.2. Some stutter here and there but nothing I wouldn't expect from any OS. Much better than windows phone or android
This. I have an iPhone 5 that I recently let my mom borrow. It is running 8.1.2 and it runs fine. I see no serious issues with it and it is fast.
 

Ultra AleM

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My 5c runs great on iOS 8.1.2. Some stutter here and there but nothing I wouldn't expect from any OS. Much better than windows phone or android
If you could try it with iOS 6 you would say: "oh my god... What have I used so far..."
 
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