Is iOS 11 Safe For The iPhone 6?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by boltjames, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    I've had no reason to upgrade to the 6S or the 7 and I know Apple's trick of releasing an iOS update that slows an iPhone or an iPad down to a c r a w l in order to push people toward getting a new device.


    Any iPhone 6 people running iOS 11 yet? Is it safe? Faster? Same speed? Or is it slow?
  2. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Loaded it on my 6 and it was much much slower than iOS 10. I recommend against it.
  3. hemon macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2014
  4. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I highly recommend upgrading to an iPhone 8.
  5. cosmic68 macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2007
    Last week I downloaded the GM beta to my iPhone 6 Plus. It was horrible and slow and battery took a massive hit. I decided to downgrade back to 10

    Here’s the thing though.

    I didn’t do a proper back up and to get rid of 11 had to wipe my iPhone clean.
    I then reluctantly reinstalled (public release) 11 as wanted watchOS 4 and the difference has been night and day. Really fast and I’m really impressed with it. Not quite 10 fast but near enough.

    So if your worried/can be bothered-wipe your iPhone first.
  6. PCtoMAC1 macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2012
    A few hiccups here, though I don’t mind the upgrade. Same battery life, same app flow, etc.
  7. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    My two main iPhones are an ATTWS 6S (personal) and VZW 6S+ (work). I updated my private line VZW iP6 to iOS 11. IMO the iP6 is perfectly usable and it could be my main driver. No issues, decent battery life - looking forward to updated apps that have been optimized with Xcode 9, that's when I'd offer a final edict. So far, I'm happy with my iP6 on iOS 11.
  8. logic500 macrumors newbie


    Sep 21, 2017
    no difference at all after upgrading from ios 10 same speed .. good thing I got even more free space after installing OS 11
  9. Vorkeyjones macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2016
  10. Helmsley macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Is that really a thing? I thought it was one of those Internet myths.
  11. boltjames thread starter macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    I cannot prove it of course, but my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 got so bogged down and so sluggish after upgrading to the iOS version of the moment when their replacements were due to launch that it pushed me over the edge to get to an Apple store and begrudgingly upgrade the hardware.

    It's my own opinion, but I think it's just too easy for Apple to tweak a few lines of code and ensure millions of dollars of incremental revenue either through sloppiness or design.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2017 ---
    This is one of my biggest fears, and having just read what Apple decided to do with the on/off switches for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi it is very concerning. I keep Wi-Fi off 90% of the time (I have unlimited data) and Bluetooth off 25% of the time (only need when I'm driving) and it gets me all day battery life with room to spare.
  12. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    You can still turn off Wifi and Bluetooth by going into Settings. The toggle in Control Center isn’t an on/off switch — yes, the behavior is not what most users expect, but it’s not as if you’ve been deprived of the ability to actually turn these things off.

    But on your main point: yes, iOS 11 is noticeably slower than iOS 10 on a 6. I can’t say I’ve noticed a big hit to battery life since the phone is so old, but it’s certainly not improved.
  13. Jjayf macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2015
    I don't think it's something done maliciously, but it happens for sure. My iPad 2 upgraded to iOS 9.3.5 is barely usable. Laggy, freezes, sloooow....
  14. PhillyGuy72 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    Few things I noticed on the 6+ with IOS11. Extreme lag when multiple apps open. (I turned off animations / motion) it's slightly better, not perfect...just better. Opening camera and switching to video, time lapse, panorama..screen will freeze for 5, 6 seconds before you can see something and start recording, taking pics. OR it will freeze completely and you'll need to force quit the app by swiping it away and starting over. When you ask Siri something, her replies are not immediate, it may take her (it) a good 7-8 seconds to get a reply. I was trying all of these features comparing this to the iPad Pro Gen 1 12.9in..obviously a much more powerful device. new 11 works flawlessly on that, no lag at all. And yes battery life on the 6+ took a hit. I figured it would, but not this bad.

    My 8+ will arrive today thank god..I do plan t keep the 6+ but I will most likely wipe this thing clean and downgrade to 10.3.3
  15. Jjayf macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2015

    My 6 is running pretty well, no complaints. I had a weird battery issue prior to updating where the battery meter was not working properly that seems to have cleared up with the update. (Battery would deplete quickly, battery would go from 30% to 0 instantly).
  16. Agent2015 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2015
    Sonoran Desert
    I'm running iOS 11 on my "lowly" iPhone 6 16GB and I have been very impressed with performance and battery life. In my case a did a full ipsw update via iTunes to deal with the limited free space. Update went smoothly and surprisingly fast. Well worth the upgrade in my opinion. Anecdotally I seem to have better cellular reception as well better sound through the speaker. And the screen presentation just seems crisper. But like I said, those observations are anecdotal.
  17. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    Trick? After 3 years, software became more demanding and more powerful. I’m surprised there are still people who believe Apple is intentionally making their phones slower. It’s no trick, it’s how things are. And it still works fine on 6.
  18. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Apple designs their iOS to take advantage of the newest hardware, as a result older hardware may suffer in performance.
  19. boltjames thread starter macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback on speed.

    I toggle Bluetooth on/off and Wi-Fi on/off frequently each week to save on battery life and drilling deep into settings to do that is a major inconvenience I'm not willing to live with. I'm not sure who at Apple thinks he knows what's best for us and why they don't give us the option, but it's just wrong.

    I still want to strangle the guy who decided that the Control Center shortcut to the Clock should default to the Timer and not the Alarm. Who the hell uses a stopwatch more than they use the alarm clock? Again, why can't we have a choice as to what these controls do or do not do? Maddening.
  20. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I upgraded to iOS11. It runs like a phone that is 4 generations old, but it's still perfectly usable. I'm probably going to use it for another year considering the 8 and 8 plus are so underwhelming. It's not nearly as bad as my iPad Mini 1 on iOS 9 was. Hopefully the rumors are true that the 2018 iPhones will all be OLED and they support Band 61. That'll get me to upgrade.
  21. Chazzle macrumors 68000


    Jul 17, 2015
    You know they are separated out now in iOS 11, right? Separate shortcut for Alarm, Timer and Stopwatch.
  22. dyusem macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2005
    SF North Bay
    Listening in here...

    FWIW, many apps that have been updated for iOS11 now do not work as well 10.3.3.
  23. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    It’s running super fluent on my 6, it even feels a lot snappier than 10. Dunno what everyone’s about here?
  24. boltjames thread starter macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    Yes, but about 3 years too late. Should have been that way from the outset.

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