Still running iOS 6 on my 4s - how's iOS 9 GM?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by viperGTS, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    How does iOS 9 run on the 4s? Is it worth updating from the now super-aged iOS 6? I'm on a 4s that's on iOS 6 for a week now (until I get my 6s+ next Friday) since my 5s charging port gave out on me, and there are some apps that I'm required to use outdated versions for because the newest versions aren't compatible with iOS 6.

    Should I just stick it out a week and stay on iOS 6? Or is iOS 9 worth giving up iOS 6 for?
     
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  5. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried cleaning the lint out of the charging port?
     
  6. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No need; there's no lint in it.
     
  7. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    You can downgrade back to iOS 6 anyway. (When there's a jailbreak)
     
  8. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How do you downgrade a 4s?
     
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  11. Lazeran macrumors newbie

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    iOS 6 still best for 4S on the other hand if your apps requires later version of ios, ios 7.1.2 the last usable version for 4S if you reduce transparence and turn off background app refreshing.
     
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    The performance of iOS 9 is notably worse on iPhone 4s compared to iOS 7, let alone iOS 6.
    App launches slower, animations becomes an-nni-mmma-ttti-oooons, and Safari holds less tabs.
     
  14. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Dude, stay on iOS 6. The 4S is an old phone, might as well run a vintage OS on it.

    Stick it out until you can upgrade to a new phone. Then you'll have an iPhone 4S with iOS 6 on it, which is a really cool thing as a to have as a museum piece in my opinion. :)
     
  15. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong, it is at this point. Apple is currently signing iOS 6.1.3 for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 but only for OTA upgrades. They have done this because some devices had problem going from iOS 5 to the lastest release so they have to upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 first and then update to the lastest iOS. There is a tool made by tihmstar that allow downgrade from any jailbroken 4S and iPad 2 (except the 2,3 which was launched in 2012). Also note that jailbroken 7.1.x devices cannot be downgraded because there was something wrong with this jailbreak. I believe the tool only works for Mac but I'm not sure, it's been some months since I saw this method so maybe a Windows tool have been released now. :)
     
  16. Richardgm macrumors 6502a

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    As someone with an iPhone 4S and with iOS 9: stay there.
     
  17. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    This is what I suspected after making my post, but the developer who was quoted on that link wasn't very clear. Thank you!
     
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Keep iOS6! That was the best iOS in my opinion!
     
  19. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    iOS 6 is definitely lacking in features compared to iOS 8. I notice myself missing features like Control Center and the much improved Notification Center. If the downgrade method still works, I'll try out iOS 9 and downgrade back later on, keeping the phone's vintage-ness. Lol. Thank you everyone for your input!
     
  20. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a

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    Alright just keep in mind that you need to be jailbroken so until an iOS 9 jailbreak is released you won't be able to downgrade.
     
  21. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah, then I will wait for that jailbreak. Thanks!
     
  22. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    If you want a good balance between performance and features I recommend installing iOS 8.4.1. Much snappier than 9, but with most of the modern features.
     
  23. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is 9 really that bad? I was really hoping Apple stuck to their word with the improved performance.
     
  24. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Well there is a lag when you tap on icons on 4s, which iOS 8 doesn't have. Otherwise they're similar but 8 is still runs a bit better. I'm guessing Apple will improve 9 in later updates.
     

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