iPhone 5s on iOS 7.1.2 faster that iPhone 6 ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FatPuppy, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I just bought an iPhone 5s and luckily it came with iOS 7.1.2. When I did a speed test between my brother's iPhone 6 and mine, the 5s was faster at simple tasks and almost identical in opening 3rd party apps. Should I keep iOS 7.1.2 ?
  2. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I would.
  3. lrsone macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2012
    New York, NY
    I would recommend it as iOS 8 has slowed down some 5S phones significantly. My friend has a 5S which was updated to iOS 8 and is having a lot of difficulties with the phone now.
  4. Woochifer, Dec 13, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014

    Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    If you don't mind losing out on the security updates and the continuity features with OS X Yosemite, then it's fine to stay with 7.1.2. App compatibility though will become more of an issue as developers start using the new APIs built into iOS 8. Compared to iOS 7, which focused on UI changes and transitioning to 64-bit, iOS 8 has much more extensive developer-focused changes.

    I've been on iOS 8 since day one, and right now, my 5s is at least as stable and fast with 8.1.2 as it was with 7.1.2. I generally recommend updating using iTunes (which replaces the entire OS directory at once, rather than updating the files piecemeal), since it seems that recent issues have impacted devices updated OTA more frequently. Keep in mind when comparing "speeds", that there are a lot of variables in play (i.e., when the device was last rebooted, whether the caches were recently purged, how many apps are running in the background, whether background refresh is active, whether location services are running, the signal strength, etc.).

    Also keep in mind that the 5s running the early iOS 7 was not particularly stable, and had its fair share of performance issues. Comparing to the early versions of iOS 7, iOS 8 has been far more stable with fewer issues on my 5s.
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    For performance reasons, yes.

    For security reasons, absolutely not.

    IMO, security is paramount, even above performance and user experience. So if I were you, I'd upgrade to iOS 8.1.2, but then that's just my 2 cents.
  6. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Yep, you kinda answered your own question.
  7. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    What security reasons would affect my iPhone 5s running 7.1.2? I have no issues whatsoever.
  8. Primejimbo, Dec 13, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014

    Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    There are always security updates with software. New patches are coming all the time for issues that are found.

    Here are some security fixes just with 8.1.1

    All the other security updates

    My daughter has an iPhone 5s and with iOS 8 and she loves it.
  9. pdxmatts macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR
    I would leave it on 7.1.2. I had to restore my i5 when I gave it to my son because it was Jailbroke and under my Apple ID, otherwise I would not have updated it to IOS 8.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Realistically, security probably isn't a concern for many (most?) iPhone users. I am not saying to discredit it completely, but on my personal line I would certain pick performance over security (unless there are reports of some huge breaches occuring, which are extremely few and far between).

    Just about the only thing anyone could steal from me are my tweets, facebook posts, and contacts lists. They might see what sorts of music I listen to and webpages I visit. Honestly, I could care less if the world knows about everything I have ever done on my personal line.
  11. nhlfreak98 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2013

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