Should I keep my iPhone 6 Plus at iOS 8.4 ?

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  1. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    I've had it on iOS 8.4 since I got the phone in December 2014. Mainly for tethering app when I'm away from wifi sources.

    Is it worth more on an older iOS version? It's Sprint / 64GB so I'm guessing not.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Right now not. But worths more in the future. Also, iOS 8 is designed for iPhone 6 series and A8. I suggest you dont upgrade as future version will surely drag your device down.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Is the tethering app one of those that slipped through the app store? Or is it because of a jailbreak?

    If you update, there is no current jailbreak for iOS 10.2.1.

    If the phone does everything you need it to do, I would stay where you are. Let the new owner, if you sell it, update if they want.
     
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  5. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    then dont update, as iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak is yet to be released. iOS 10.3 new filesystem might also further reduces the chance of a public JB being released.
     
  6. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    Appalling advice.

    Get the latest version, unless you really don't care about security and many severe vulnerabilities your device is open to right now.
     
  7. zohaali146 macrumors regular

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    Don't update, stick with 8.4 for better performance
     
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Yeah. Appalling for some, like me who is running the latest beta.
    But given Apple new iOS always slow down the device, some prefers performance over security. There are still lots of people using windows xp despite Microsoft already stopped the support.
     
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    If it were up to me, I'd block those devices from accessing the internet until they accepted a mandatory upgrade! They are putting themselves and others at risk!

    Security, security, security!
     
  10. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Then those guys will work on finding other ways to bypass your limitation.

    Maybe you could see, there are tons of people wishing to not upgrade to the latest iOS. For example: all jailbreak users.
     
  11. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    That's their problem. They are putting themselves at risk.

    Security should always be #1 priority. Only the intelligent seem to realise this.
     
  12. HEK Suspended

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    I have always updated to take advantage of latest security updates and revisions. For all my iphones, 3GS, 4S, 5S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus, and 7 Plus I have never experienced these massive slow downs some complain of. Keep phones from one to three years, adding every update. That's been my experience.
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    A nice ad hominem aregument there that not only doesn't help but really takes away from the opinion that is presented.
     
  14. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Then you might not realize, sometimes, stability is the number one priority, instead of security. Adding any patch to existing code would probably break something, visible or hidden. For those customers, they wish their software can be installed once and used forever, without any updates.

    Surely, using bugged software would put them into security risk. However, there is no bug free software in the world.
     
  15. iStiggy macrumors member

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    I try to keep my devices on the oldest major release but newest revision. I kept my 6 on iOS 9 just for the fact I can't downgrade it. I like the nostalgia factor on my old devices.
     
  16. janeauburn macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's iOS updates are the company's way of getting you to buy a new phone. Don't do it.

    The idea that updates provide more "security" is bunk. No one gives a damn about what's on your stupid phone.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotlight_effect
     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Or the simpler more plausible explanation that it's all just what it has always been--updates to fix issues (including security issues) and introduce some new features here and there.
     
  18. whohasaquestion macrumors 6502

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    Or not.
     
  19. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Are you sure thieves and hackers don't care what is one a strangers's phone?

    I find it rather ironic (in an illogical kind of way) that someone who obviously thinks very little of Apple's business and software practices, would continue to spend money with said company, purchasing the very products he or she denounces in the continual aforementioned manner.
     
  20. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Sure. Likelihoods and plausibility play a role though as far as what's more realistic/likely.
     
  21. bufffilm, Mar 13, 2017
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    Actually, the intelligent people can decide what they should do...rather then blindly update just because Apple thinks you should.

    And you are forgetting the people on older hardware that Apple dropped support on too. I suppose they ought to be banned from the Internet too (according to you)?
     
  22. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502

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    OMG the ignorance I just read here! Tons of security updates have been made with each new version. Each one key to keeping someone from taking your identity? Why would they want to do that to your "stupid phone"? Same reason as all other crime - $$$$$. IF not your money, someone you know. Heck - did none of those preaching to stay on the old version pay attention to the CIA leak and vulnerabilities they took advantage of? That Apple patched them with updates we now have?

    Such conspiracy theories too......Apple only provides updates to make you buy newer hardware? What complete crap! Quite frankly, from the 3GS I had to the 7 Plus now, each update made my devices more snappy! The only devices that seem to be affected (for a short time by the way) are devices that no other manufacturer would consider supporting due to their age. But when Apple heard the cries of those with older phones complain about performance - they TOOK THE TIME to troubleshoot and improve it in a .x release. No other OS developer does that.

    To the OP - update and get rid of the JB. If you look at people selling their phones, no one ever gets more for having an older OS installed. I get why people JB, but the reasons are not worth the security risk. I am glad to see other like minded people here that understand that.
     
  23. whohasaquestion, Mar 13, 2017
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    whohasaquestion macrumors 6502

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    I've read too many stories aligned with my own personal experience to arrive at the 'or not' response.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, there are certainly those that can issues of different kinds, by that in itself doesn't mean that the "or not" conspiracy theory scenario is therefore what's behind it.
     
  25. whohasaquestion macrumors 6502

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    It's logical to arrive at my conclusion.

    If you have the same problem as millions others...maybe just maybe there is something going on.
     

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