is an iphone 5S still relevant today?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Potatochobit, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Potatochobit macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    I need to get a new phone for my mom
    but I don't think she really needs a new 6S

    all we want to do is mostly video chat with LINE and use Waze but we want the OS to be snappy
    I have an iphone 4S and it is really slow using 9.3 compared to my girlfriend's iphone 6.
    will a 5S also be too dated with slow response times?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Your 4S is 32-bit. The 5S is 64-bit.

    iOS will be faster and you will still have the ability to run the latest apps (for now anyway).

    I have a 5 on 9.0.1. I know it's not 9.3 or 9.3.1, but it's pretty fast on it and it's only 32-bit. So, the 5s should do well for you and your mom especially if this is all you're doing.
  3. swarlos macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2015
    I just upgraded my mom to a 6S this past Christmas from my 5S that I gave her and it was very snappy still. I think you guys will be fine.
  4. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    On our account, I have 3 family members happily using 5Ses. It's still snappy enough for most uses and, although I'm not ready to jump back at that (mostly as I like a few 6 and later features), the 5S would be a great phone, especially if you can find one inexpensively. Have you thought of looking at an SE? It'll be a bit more than a 5S, but will be much faster and should be more than capable for a few years (probably longer than the 5S).
  5. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
  6. shftoptk macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2016
    I have a 5s, 5, and 4s and use them almost daily for testing various apps and stuff. The 5s is miles ahead of the 5 and 4s. You will be fine with a 5s in terms of speed and compatibility because of the 64 bit processor.

    But one thing you need to look out for on the 5s (like any older phone) is battery degradation, mine has lost about 40% of its capacity according to apple. I haven't looked at prices lately but it probably is about the same price (and definitely easier) to just buy the SE than to buy a 5s and then get the battery replaced.
  7. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    I will also agree with this - one of the things I manage at my day job is our work phone account - iPhone 4 and 4S models have been taken out of the rotation, but on a few occasions we've reused them in place of flip phones and for lost/stolen devices. It's cheaper than doing some sort of out-of-contract replacement, but I'm looking forward to the day when our 5Ses will be the the "retired" models that I can reuse.
  8. FrozenInferno macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    I got my 5S at release and I still love it. It's running 9.3.1 today just as smooth as it ran iOS 7.0 when it was brand new.

    The hardware was a considerable performance jump at the time thanks to the 64-bit A7, and Touch ID is a must-have especially for older folks who might not want to bother with a password on their phone (I know my parents don't).

    The phone still has legs, and if the 4S is still getting iOS updates with its hardware I'm sure the 5S will be safe for a while yet.
  9. Vivian125 macrumors regular


    May 19, 2017
    This thread is about "is an iPhone 5S still relevant today?" Please refer to the thread. For your information there isn't really difference between iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 aside from 5 has bigger screen than 4S.
    Both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are DDR2 Ram, both are 32 bit and they are both 800Mhz
    iPhone 5 to 5S is major difference than 4S to 5. Because iPhone 5S has 64 bit and 1.3Ghz while 5 and 4/4S are still clocked at 800Mhz that is why their so slow like a turtle.

    iPhone SE is 7 Times faster than YOUR 5S because it has 2GB Ram and 2 generations ahead than your 5S. 5S is only 2 miles faster than 5. But 4S in iOS 9 and iPhone 5 in iOS 10 are both Laggy. iPhone 5S is even worse now with iOS 11.
  10. Cryates macrumors 68000

    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Honestly, it's barely relevant today, and by next iOS release it will likely be irrelevant. Your money would best be spend on the SE. It will have another good 3-4 years left.
  11. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    No it's not relevant anymore. Get the 6S or SE. In about 2 months, the 6S will be discontinued like Apple does every year. I heard people love the SE, get it .
  12. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Be advised that this thread is over a year old. Some things have changed since then.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 6, 2017 ---
  13. AppleHEHEXD macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2017
    really dude now u can find iphone SE 16 gb for 300$ its best longtime deal for your mom
  14. Cryates macrumors 68000

    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Didn't realize the thread was from a year ago lol
  15. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    I believe the 5 is also clocked at 1.3 GHz. It's twice as fast over the 4S
  16. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I just replaced a 5 with swollen battery with a SE for my stepmother. I didn't know until taking out of otterbox about battery, but she had been complaining about it acting weird. This was the go phone model, but I also convinced her to switch from ATT postpaid to prepaid for $20/month savings :) And for her usage and roaming needs, she didn't need postpaid anyway.
  17. Vivian125 macrumors regular


    May 19, 2017
    It doesn't matter even if this thread is 1 year or even 100 years old as long they share they're opinion
    --- Post Merged, Jul 7, 2017 ---
    Even the iPhone 6S or SE isn't worth it to buy no. as it lacks some LTE bands unlike iPhone 7 which is more durable and waterproof and will be supported 1-2 years longer than 6s.
  18. Cryates, Jul 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017

    Cryates macrumors 68000

    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Not everybody has a top-line budget though. Sure, everyone would prefer to have the 7 or 7 Plus due to the advanced tech, but for those with a smaller budget, the 6s and SE are very much still good buys that will last another good two or three years.
  19. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
  20. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    It doesn't matter because it's a year old and the people who asked a year ago no longer care. The 5S was more relevant when this was posted than it is now, so your input from mid-2017 is definitely irrelevant.
  21. Just There macrumors member

    Just There

    Nov 22, 2016
    At the risk of being irrelevant by the time I post: my 5s with ios 11 works fine.

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