Performance of iOS 8.1 on iPhone 4s?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by shankar2, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. shankar2 macrumors 6502

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    Hi I have an iPhone 4s and now want to update to ios 8.1

    How is the performance of ios 8.1 in this phone? Is it worth upgrading my 4s?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Richardgm macrumors 6502a

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    If you're on iOS 7, stay there. If you're on iOS 8, upgrade.
     
  3. shankar2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks how is the performance of ios 8.1.x on iphone 4s? I have ios 6 running on the iphone 4s and the only option to upgrade is to go to 8.1.x

    Kindly assist. Thanks!
     
  4. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a

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    IMO i would stay on iO6 with the 4s, iOS6 is the best performance you will ever get on that device - it's all down hill from then on
     
  5. MaciMac100 macrumors 6502

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    If you are not scared of troubles, bugs and bad performance update to iOS 8.

    iOS 6 was last version where Apple had some kind of quality control.
     
  6. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    Interesting. I must have a special iPhone, because iOS 8 is just fine for me.
     
  7. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a

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    I would just say you're less fussy lol, iOS8 on the iPhone 6 still lags
     
  8. vista980622 macrumors 6502

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    6.0 were fine with quality but performance is somewhat poor.
    6.1 were great.
    7.1 was acceptable.
    8.0.x-8.2 beta were all quite poor. Really hope 8.4 will be better.
     
  9. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, don't get me wrong, it could be a lot better. But for me, at least, it's still pretty good on my iPhone 6.

    Now, on a 4S I can imagine it being pretty slow. So I'm absolutely not doubting anyone that has performance issues on the 4S.
     
  10. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a

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  11. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    iOS 6 was amazing. I don't recall any issues at all other than WiFi occasionally disconnecting after a few minutes when the device was put into sleep mode. Was very annoying on an iPod 5 which was my primary communication device which required WiFi. This was fixed rather quickly though, if I remember correctly. Things aren't fixed so quickly anymore, it gives the sense that Apple simply doesn't care now. The control/notification center have lagged since iOS 7.0 when used on the lock screen or over the keyboard on iPad. That has existed for a year and a half and it hasn't even been touched, it's just been made worse.

    A5 devices, although a year old at the time, ran iOS 6 like a dream. It felt impossible to slow the things down. Today however, I can immediately think of something that will slow down any iOS 8 device, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, you name it. I think iOS 7 took the magic away from iOS, particularly on iPad. Hopefully iOS 9 can moderately tweak the design (mostly for efficiency reasons to get rid of stuttering) and fix all the damn bugs/performance problems so we can all enjoy the magic again.

    Keep your iPhone 4S on iOS 6. I updated my iPod 5 which has the same internals and its a joke now. Things have been shoddy since iOS 7, even. So yeah. Stay where you are.
     
  12. FatPuppy macrumors 68000

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    Ios 6 is golden, do not update, you have a gold mine there.
     
  13. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a

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    I will swap my iPhone 6 64GB for your 4s with iOS6 on it ��

    [Edit] Joking obviously, but I'm sure many people will ��[/EDIT]
     
  14. El Tuga macrumors member

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    Lucky you...whatever you do DO NOT UPGRADE!!! Apart for being slow and buggy, ios 8 is U.G.L.Y.
     
  15. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-FAhgjakLY Here is a nice comparison, honestly lot of the slowdown seems to be the longer animations Apple implemented. One thing iOS 8 seems to have are RAM issues on the 4s which 8.1 actually decreased the amount of RAM used by the system.
     
  16. shankar2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys I'll stick with ios 6 on my iPhone 4s
     
  17. chambone macrumors 6502a

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    I don't get these type of comments either.
     
  18. wannabelean macrumors 6502

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    I have a 4S with iOS 6 on it. I would like to setup it us a new again but not sure how this can be done without apple forcing to upgrade to iOS 8. Can this be done before? Thanks
     
  19. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    That video proves how crap iOS 8's optimization is. My iPhone 6 on iOS 8.1.3 boots SLOWER than an iPhone 4S from 4 years ago!
     
  20. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
     
  21. iFitzgerald macrumors regular

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    I have the 4S with iOS 7.1.2. I won't update it to iOS8...ever! And I advise you to not update as well, especially if you have the 8Gb version! iOS8 eats quite a bit of space!
     

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