To update or not to update to iOS 5 beta?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elie.fares, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. elie.fares macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Ever since the iOS 5 features were unveiled, I've been wondering if I should update my iPhone 4 to the beta version or not.
    So I figured I'd ask here. What do you think?
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    If you're a power user, you're probably going to notice some significant drops in battery time. If I could do it again, I'd wait until the second beta.
  3. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    I'm not a heavy power user so my main concern is functionality.
  4. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    It's functionality is great for me so far. Just don't set up iCloud yet. It is EXTREMELY LAGGY.
  5. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    If you're not a dev and if this is your main phone then stay clear. I'm as tempted as anyone to get my hands on iOS 5 but I don't want to mess up my main phone just because I'm impatient.
  6. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    There's nothing to "mess up". As long as you have your SHSH's saved, then you can go right back down to 4.3.3 anytime you want.
  7. IAmTheCrack macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2009

    I'm not a developer and I upgraded on Monday evening. For a beta, it's surprisingly stable. However, this is my only phone and I depend on it to run my business when I'm traveling. (Well--my phone and my iPad 2).

    I've noticed some troubling bugs. When I try to view detailed map information--it crashes. When I try to answer incoming calls--it crashes now and then. The phone feels laggier overall, too. (iPhone 4 on Verizon).

    The new notification system is nice--and certainly the most compelling reason to upgrade in my mind--but now that I've been using it for a few days--my personal advice would be to wait it out til the Fall. Frankly, I tried to downgrade and I couldn't. So I'm stuck. And i'm sure things will improve with delta updates. But there's a reason everyone says--if you're not a dev--and you upgrade--you're a dope. It's true. On the whole--it's not terrible....but I should have heeded everyone's advice.
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I'm pretty sure many of the video-playing apps don't play video.

    Basically every app probably needs to update in some small way or another. If 'functionality' is your main concern then updating would be a terrible idea.
  9. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Like Small White Car said, if you want functionality, wait for the official release. It's got "beta" in the title for a reason. Although from your use of the word 'functionality' I'm guessing you don't so much want functionality as you want new features.
  10. bigsexyy81 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    I really enjoy a few of the features. If you are not JB, go for it. If you are, ask yourself 'can I live without a few of these features?

    I can't live more than a few days without SBSettings, biteSMS, and having at least 5 icons per row so I'll be going back to 4.3.3
  11. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    By functionality I mean: does the phone work or is it laggy? Will it be usable as my main phone?
    I don't mind it being slow at some points. I've had to use my original 2G iPhone for 2 months because my iPhone 4 was broken. So yeah, I guess the main reason for me wanting to update would be the new features.

    Thank you for the input everyone! :)
  12. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Power User: Go for it. You'll find that a lot of apps work, but not all the way. Many video apps do not work. Crashes, gets hotter than Georgia asphalt and battery life blows.

    I got concerned about the longevity of my battery with the heat, so I backed out to 4.3.3 (and subsequently jail broke it).

    I'll hop back in next beta or two.
  13. budman1961 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2010
    If you iPhone is a mission critical, i.e., your business phone, your sole means of contact, dont. And if you do, dont complain if you have issues.

    Its called BETA for a reason, I wish the dev-grade software had tighter controls, maybe we would avoid some of the HELP calls and postings.

    Sorry for the mini-rant.

  14. ravensfan55 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2009
    In the past I've been eager to install the betas, but not this time. I use my phone for business so I don't need the headaches and bugs that come with the beta. Also I just got a new phone because my last one's battery crapped out, and being able to use it for 2 days standby + 6-8 hours of usage is too good to pass up for some new features that aren't even finalized.
  15. richxps macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    Fyi - Sometimes the next betas can have more bugs that can be worse.
  16. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Thanks for the input, everyone!
    I've decided to try it out. And so far so good :)
    I don't mind the slowness at certain points. It's pretty usable so far.
  17. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    if you've done it as a total clean install, you shouldn't hit any slowness, well i haven't the last 3 days, as when i restored from a backup it lagged to hell at times
  18. iphoneos macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2009
    If u are a dev go ahead and do it otherwise stay away from it.
    you will find it buggy because it is in early stages so wait , if u really want it wait at least until beta 3

    It's up to u

    good luck =]
  19. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    I've restored it from a backup actually. My data is more important :p the only slow parts I'm facing are related to the new features, such as double click for the camera on the lockscreen and certain apps crash. Apart from that, I quite like it :)
  20. rmeadejr macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2009
    San Francisco-Twin Peaks
    since apple is stilling signing 4.3.3, can't you just put the iphone in dfu mode then click restore.
  21. genexrocket macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm just gonna wait for the official release, I can wait :)
  22. blesio macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    You don't even have to do that. Just download the 4.3.3 and choose restore while holding the shift key and the point to the 4.3.3 firmware. iTunes will do the rest for you :) it's as simple as that.
  23. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I personally wouldn't. I find it annoying having to deal with all the bugs. Just wait out a little longer until Apple releases a few updates that fix some major bugs that people seem to be having, and then update. I'd say wait until like July.
  24. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I installed iOS 5 on both my devices and I restored them back to 4.3.3 after a while. There are as expected too many bugs and there are also apps that do not run well. I tried using the Reminders app and it was really buggy. I am excited about iOS 5 but I will try the next betas and stay away from the current version.
  25. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    From clean install the only data I really lost were some SMS messages, synced all my apps, photos, songs and contacts over from the compute :p

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