Safe to update?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by TwoScoops, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. TwoScoops macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    I currently own an iPhone 4 running 4.2.1. It's been a while since I have considered updating to a more recent version. Now that iOS 5 has been released and has had time to mature, I would like to try it out.


    With the amount of complaints I see about battery life dropping 10% every hour compared to 2/3% on iOS 4, I don't know if I should. Is everyone experiencing this and are there ways to avoid battery drainage issues?
  2. TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    I had no problems with my 4 on iOS 5 and don't have any issues with my 4s on iOS 5.
  3. ppfd macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    West Virginia USA
  4. Markc1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    At this stage, why not just wait until 5.1 is available - supposedly in a couple weeks.
  5. smirk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Because then he'll want to wait two more months to make sure it's stable... :D
  6. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    I have no problems with the battery dying like that. I think the battery life works pretty well on iOS 5.
  7. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    The main gripe of battery dropping is generally from current 4s owners.

    The iPhone 4 has in general been a stronger battery !

    Im on 5.0.1 and jailbroken with redsn0w and have found that as a stock phone and jb phone my iPhone 4 gives me up to 1.5 days moderate to heavy usage.

    I applaud your patience in holding out to date before upgrading !

    I was itching after the first few days.

    Different now I'm jb tho and I'm a lot more patient these days !!

    If you do update and jb perhaps you could update your thread with your findings both on the ios5 and battery life ?

    Enjoy the journey.
  8. Hyper-X macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2011
    Remember that the 4s has a much more powerful CPU and it appears to me that most of the drain comes from cell 3G usage.

    With airplane mode on with just WiFi on, I could go 3 days without recharging. Had to do that recently during a trip to Japan where they lacked CDMA.

    Another solution is to simply seek additional power. I use a Mophie Juicepack Plus and I can go about 1.5 days without recharging with heavy data use.
  9. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    If you read the reviews for Skype on iOS 5, it looks like they no longer offer background multitasking, so you can only receive calls if you're actively using the app.
  10. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Go ahead and update! There are SOOO many improvements between the OS you are using and iOS5 - you will be amazed!! It's like getting a brand new phone. As far as battery life goes, mine is great on iOS5 - even on a busy day, I still have at least 30 percent left. Most days it'saround 65 percent - not too shabby!
  11. Ishmumrhmn macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    if you update, preserve the baseband so you can unlock it later

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