Updating from iOS 9 to 12 worth it?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by breezyf808, May 1, 2019.

  1. breezyf808 macrumors regular

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    we have an iPhone 6s Plus that is still on iOS 9, it is basically limited because most apps won't work or update.
    Only use other than the cellular part is jailbroken with free Spotify.
    Will updating iOS hurt the iPhone usability or will it bring more great experience?
     
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    iOS 12 runs great on the 6s, only downside I can see is that battery life will probably be somewhat worse compared to iOS 9, but that may or may not make a difference to you.
     
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  4. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I am currently pondering updating my iPhone 6S to iOS 12. If you have a battery that is in poor health I would not update.
     
  5. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

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    My iPhone SE is flying on iOS 12. Same A9 chip with 2 GB of RAM. You shouldn’t have any performance issues whatsoever with the 6s+.
     
  6. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

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    My 6s run IOS 12. Faster and smoother than IOS 10.
     
  7. breezyf808 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies, only issue is that owner don't know how to save photos since there is no computer access. I'm thinking that since its jailbroken, phone needs to by completely restored because it won't let us update via the settings.
    Any insights on how to have photos saved other than subscribing to iCloud?
     
  8. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    subscribing to iCloud? It's a free service.
     
  9. breezyf808 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But I think it's only for a few gb right?
    I think there's over 20gb of photos
     
  10. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    you might be right. I only have a little bit on mine so I haven't seen a cap. Perhaps Google Drive/Dropbox? Distribute them if needed
     
  11. breezyf808 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes thanks for the input. Will try to figure out what we can do to preserve the photos.
    Might be able to have family member save photos on their computer to be transferred to a external hard drive.
    Still on the fence tho, weighing in the pros and cons.
     
  12. iRaynor SK macrumors 6502

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    I have iPhone 6s too, iOS 12 works great!
     
  13. CopyChief macrumors regular

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    Yes, if it's jailbroken, you'll have to erase and restore the phone to update, and will lose the jailbreak (with no path to jailbreak again for the most recent release).

    To save the photos, you could install Google Photos (Google accounts are free), and set it to auto-backup over WiFi. It'll take a bit but then all of the photos will be stored there. Yes, there are privacy concerns with this approach (Goolge and all that), but it'll get the job done.
     
  14. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    FWIW - I would not call iOS 12 a "great experience" - every new iteration of Mac software brings new restrictions and limitations. There may be apps that will not transfer and if they are valued apps - you may want to check that out before you make a step forward that cannot be reversed.

    Each new iOS has more code and needs more drive space, file retrievel and new apps may need more RAM. Not to mention the battery issues - throttle and restriction of the battery on later versions
     
  15. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

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    You are correct on this. iOS 9 to iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 is a big difference, all around. 6s, nothing to complain about.

    There are pros and cons to both sides. App support is important to many so iOS 9 would not be the best choice while others want the battery life and original performance.
     
  16. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    I would say do not upgrade at all given iOS 12 ditches 32bit app support entirely and iOS 9 is the original iOS this iPhone shipped with, especially you have the jailbreak. I am on iOS 12 and I don’t complain much, but given the deteriorating quality of software development overall, stay away from newer software whenever you can, seriously.
     
  17. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    I would think 9 to 12 is gonna bring serious battery life dips
     
  18. breezyf808 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I have decided to stay on iOS 9.
    I have an iPad Air which I will use to update the apps that I need to use regularly. Amazingly I have not noticed a battery difference with my iPad from iOS 10 and 11, but I do notice how much faster safari loads on iOS 12 than 10/11.
     
  19. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    iPads also have a lot more battery packed in to offset any potential battery dips from completely ruining the experience generally if there is a big battery dip. I think iPads just perform better battery wise from one major iOS version to another too.

    iPhones, not always.
     
  20. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    A friend's iPhone 7 had the same battery life my 6s had when both were new. He updated, he has half my battery life (mine is working like new, on iOS 9, and he has updated to iOS 12). It will decrease to around 4-5 hours of on-screen time with moderate usage. I'm getting 8-9. Maybe add a little bit more for the plus, but you must be getting, what? 10-11 hours? You'll see around 6. Don't do it.
     
  21. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    That's enough to consider the device 'destroyed' with a software update, and grounds for needing an upgrade. Unless you wanna carry around a battery pack just to return to the amount of usage you previously had. Case in point.
     
  22. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been considering updating my 6S to iOS 12 still, but since the battery is degraded it will wreck the performance most likely. Probably will stay on 10.1.1 forever.
     
  23. steve333 macrumors 6502a

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    iOS 12.2 bricked Siri on my 6s, was working perfectly before it.
    I managed to get it to work by doing a total restore and then had to download apps again.
    So far it's working but Siri's voice has changed and actually sounds robotic and annoyed
     
  24. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    Can't imagine all the security holes you have on your iPhone 6S running years old system. iOS 12 is fine and fast. Just upgrade to it.
     
  25. SoYoung macrumors 6502a

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    At this point I'd update just for security fixes. Using a 4 years old OS without any update is beyond me and personally, I wouldn't feel safe with it.
     

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