OS4 Performance degradation on S2!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by chfilm, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    anybody else noticed how much worse the overall performance on the s2 has become since the update?
    It was the opposite of when os3 came out and everything became much snappier- now for example the entire workout app is a mess, so sluggish and slow.. try running and then switching over to music and skipping a few tracks... gosh. I was absolutely sure I didn’t need a series 3 before, but after this update —-
  2. CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    Performance on Series 2 has been fine for me on OS4. I don’t notice a slow down from OS3. I’m switching to Series 3 today, not because Series 2 was sluggish, just upgrading and passing the watch down to a family member.

    Hopefully you can get things running smooth again.
  3. Yames2000 macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2010
    Charleston, SC
    My performance has been bad too, and like you said, it’s especially terrible when using the workout app/GPS and listening to music from the watch with Bluetooth headphones (without the iPhone). I just got back from a run with just my watch and my AirPods and it would take about 10 seconds from when I pressed the “next” button to when the track would switch, and that was when I could get the screen to come on. More times than not, I would raise my wrist, touch the screen, or even press the Digital Crown or side button and the screen still wouldn’t come on. Music was still playing so I know the watch was on, but the screen just wouldn’t come on until the watch felt like it. I used to run with the Nike+ app instead of the stock workout app, but in WatchOS 4 I feel like most 3rd party apps such as Nike+ are unusable due to terribly slow performance. I was satisfied with my S2 until this latest update, but now I feel like my watch has worse performance than my original S0. Hope Apple fixes this soon, because I won’t be buying another Apple Watch just because their software messed up my device.
  4. chfilm thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Actually your report matches my experience 100%!!
  5. BrickbookPro macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Nope. Mine's been just fine. No noticeable change.
  7. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    I don't see any performance getting worse. On the opposite my battery performance is better. I wore the watch to sleep and when I woke up my battery is @ 99%. :eek:
  8. slpslee1 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Mine is worse, also. Battery life had taken a definite hit, and the whole watch is sluggish. Actually, I have a series 1 watch that's now more reliable and responsive than the newer one.
  9. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2015
    I've been running OS4 through the beta up to the general release. No performance issues here on my Series2 and I've also noticed improved battery life.

    Been on my wrist about 16 hours so far today, 30 minute workout, and I'm at 70%.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Hopefully and usually, the next WatchOS update can rectify any issues might be causing battery drain.
  11. FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    Same for me.
  12. chfilm thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    No battery issues here, but that performance... Today when I was running, it was impossible to even skip or pause a track. I could push the button how many times I wanted, no response from the watch at all. Frustrating! Maybe I'll try a wipe.
  13. tcellguy, Oct 6, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017

    tcellguy macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2017
    My S2 is toast on WatchOS 4. I’m getting at least 1 to 2 seconds of delay on any interaction and often tapping the screen, raising my arm to wake, or pressing the digital crown results in no activity. I have an S1 still on OS3 and it is much more responsive. It’s too bad but I’m going to have to sell the S2. It’s just too slow to use and reminds me of the S0.

    Edit: I just unpaired and re-paired the watch and the performance is much improved. It still feels a bit slower than on watchOS 3, but nowhere near as slow as before I re-paired it. I think something went wrong when I initially updated.

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