iPhone 5S poll - iOS update

iPhone 5S 7.1.2 - Should i hit the upgrade button to 8.3?

  • Nope - You'll be sorry!

    Votes: 8 21.6%
  • Yup - It runs like a champ!

    Votes: 26 70.3%
  • Wait until iOS 9

    Votes: 3 8.1%
  • Time to think about a Android Device

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    37

gumbyjunior1

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There are still some iPhone 5S phones out there running 7.1.2.

For those that updated to iOS 8.1.3 successfully from 7.1.2 on the 5S, how do you feel about the update?
 
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Paddle1

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The 5s is one of the few devices that run iOS 8 excellently. There could still be some issues though.
 

e93to

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iOS 8 has been great so far on my 5S. Minimal bugs/glitches. It has been stable and speedy without lag. I have to mention that I cleaned installed by doing a restore on iTunes and manually re downloading all the apps.

However... Battery life will certainly be affected. I get anywhere between 5 hours and 7 hours..
 

gumbyjunior1

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e93to - your battery life is 5-7 hours? Do you do a lot of heavy use?

Paddle1 - Do you use the typical apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the native Mail app?
 

e93to

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e93to - your battery life is 5-7 hours? Do you do a lot of heavy use
Safari takes up around 35% of my battery usage. Other than that, I use Line (messaging app), weather app, Gmail and iBooks often. Also, I use several news apps as well, but I don't use them more than 30 minutes each day.

I have background refresh off. And system location services off. Health app off.
 

iamMacPerson

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However... Battery life will certainly be affected. I get anywhere between 5 hours and 7 hours..
Funny you mention that. A family member was just having battery problems with their 5s on 8.3. A software restore fixed all the problems.

8.3 runs well on the 5s but it still has more bugs IMO then iOS 7 did with 7.1.2. Personally I would upgrade for no other reason then to get that damn Software Update badge removed from the Settings app. The drive me nuts. :mad:
 

XTheLancerX

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iOS 8 has been great so far on my 5S. Minimal bugs/glitches. It has been stable and speedy without lag. I have to mention that I cleaned installed by doing a restore on iTunes and manually re downloading all the apps.

However... Battery life will certainly be affected. I get anywhere between 5 hours and 7 hours..
That's not too bad considering that's what I get on my iPhone 6 on average. No more than 5 hours if I'm out and about using LTE. Up to 9 hours if I am home, ~25% brightness cellular OFF and WiFi on, light usage. I average 7.5 hours max with mixed LTE and WiFi. I think it's the relatively poor (but still quite workable) LTE signal around my area.
 

e93to

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That's not too bad considering that's what I get on my iPhone 6 on average. No more than 5 hours if I'm out and about using LTE. Up to 9 hours if I am home, ~25% brightness cellular OFF and WiFi on, light usage. I average 7.5 hours max with mixed LTE and WiFi. I think it's the relatively poor (but still quite workable) LTE signal around my area.
On 100% LTE & 75~80% brightness, my battery is gone in 4 hours. Not sure how much I would be able to get out of the battery on 100% wifi with LTE off. I might as well try it since I rarely get phone calls on my phone nowadays…

I don't think poor LTE signal contributes much to faster battery drain. My lab is underground where LTE signal is always 2 or less bars, I have not noticed it drains faster at my lab than other parts of the school.
 

e93to

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Funny you mention that. A family member was just having battery problems with their 5s on 8.3. A software restore fixed all the problems.

8.3 runs well on the 5s but it still has more bugs IMO then iOS 7 did with 7.1.2. Personally I would upgrade for no other reason then to get that damn Software Update badge removed from the Settings app. The drive me nuts. :mad:
Yeah… That IS annoying. But you can turn off the notification badge.

I kept iOS 4 on my iPhone 4 for more than 3 years. I don't know how things are now, but on iOS 4 the update was automatically downloaded to the phone, which took up quite a lot of storage space…
 

Andres Cantu

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If you've already waited this long, you might as well wait until iOS 9 (especially since you can't downgrade anymore). I have an iPhone 5s running iOS 8.3, and while I don't really mind the occasional UI glitches (since I know they will be fixed soon), I have to toggle Wi-Fi on and off at least once a day to get my connection unstuck, probably the Wi-Fi issue from iOS 8.
 

iamMacPerson

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I kept iOS 4 on my iPhone 4 for more than 3 years. I don't know how things are now, but on iOS 4 the update was automatically downloaded to the phone, which took up quite a lot of storage space…
iOS 4 couldn't download updates OTA. They have to go though iTunes. OTA updates were introduced in iOS 5. ;) With iOS 8 you can go into Settings>General>Usage and delete the updates. They only did that after getting sued for taking up space of people's devices lol.
 

XTheLancerX

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On 100% LTE & 75~80% brightness, my battery is gone in 4 hours. Not sure how much I would be able to get out of the battery on 100% wifi with LTE off. I might as well try it since I rarely get phone calls on my phone nowadays…

I don't think poor LTE signal contributes much to faster battery drain. My lab is underground where LTE signal is always 2 or less bars, I have not noticed it drains faster at my lab than other parts of the school.
My battery is pretty much the same on my 6. And you can still get phone calls and SMS even with data turned off. Just can't get MMS.