iPhone Upgrade 4S or not?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Lord Hamsa, Feb 5, 2015.


Upgrade the 4S "phones" to iOS8?

Poll closed Feb 12, 2015.
  1. Yes, do it now!

    20 vote(s)
  2. Wait as long as possible.

    3 vote(s)
  3. For the love of god, DON'T DO IT!

    20 vote(s)
  4. I like cheese.

    9 vote(s)
  1. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    The hand-me-down phones we let the kids use as glorified iPod Touches are iPhone 4S (as we upgraded to 5S phones last year). I've been holding off upgrading these devices to iOS8, but it's been out there long enough, I think i's time to ask what the 4S users think of iOS8.

    Stable? Sluggish? Battery life?

    Upgrade now or wait as long as possible, i.e., to the point where apps no longer get updated?

    The main advantage of upgrading would be to get them on family sharing.
  2. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    Unless you really need/use family sharing, don't upgrade. There is also a chunk of space that is lost too
  3. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Sure. I don't have any problems with my 4S on iOS 8 besides the ocassional 3 seconds lag when opening some apps. Also, most beautiful phone Apple has ever done.
  4. fardeenah macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2013
    don't , its laggy as hell especially when multitasking, even loading the calculator app is slower
  5. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I would say leave it as is unless you meet one (or both) of the two below criteria:

    1. The apps your kids use require iOS 8 to function
    2. You want to use the new Famiy Sharing features
  6. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2013
    iOS 8 on a 4S is usable, but not nice. With reduced transparency, it's much more bearable and about as smooth as iOS 5 on a first-generation iPad.
  7. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Wait out as long as possible and upgrade to iPhone 6S.

    This is an award winning strategy.
  8. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Sell it quick, or you will not sell it at all...
    That is very old phone and you'll be lucky to sell it a all :(
  9. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    iPhone 4's are still selling well (Well at least around here), so I doubt there would be problems with selling a 4S.

    iOS 8 is fine on the 4S - sure its a little slower than iOS 7, but nothing too terrible.

  10. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011

    keep it until there is a trade in offer for old working iPhones. i.e. trade in your old iPhone and get the newest iPhone on XYZ tariff = a good deal

    watch for one of those
  11. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    I would say not to upgrade, I regretted doing that on my old 4S

    From 7.1.2, I instantly noticed 2 things: 1) Slower performance (more laggy, which was annoying throughout the daily usage) and 2) Worse battery life

    I used to get a solid 5 hours or so of battery life in ios7

    On iOS8, it went down to around 3 hours. I turned off the background features and optimized the phone, and it still ran barely 20-30 mins more.

    iOS 8 has great features, imo, that make it the best iOS yet. But I hold battery life and performance first. That is why I sold that old 4S and will never upgrade my current one (its on ios5)
  12. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    We didn't upgrade our iPhone 4S devices. Still running 7.1.2 due to all the stories and videos i've seen of 4S devices that do run iOS8. iOS8 runs fine on my iPad mini2 but that has better hardware specs to run it.
  13. l.i. bruce fan macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2012
    My daughter's 4s still has 6.x on it. Any way to update it to 7.1.2 now? I probably have the update file in my iTunes from updating my wife's 4s to 7.1.2?
  14. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
  15. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    No. In fact, I'd think about selling that. Devices running iOS 6 always seem to be in high demand.
  16. Lord Hamsa thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    For the record, I went ahead and did the upgrade on my eldest son's device. Went smoothly, and he's having less problems with app crashes since then.
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Is there really high demand? Or just basically a (essentially very) small subset of some users who might be interested in something like that?
  18. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    Well its a small niche really that is willing to pay oodles for a device running iOS 6. Personally I like the iOS 7 interface better but I do wish I still had my old iPhone 4 with iOS 6 for collectable purposes.

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