What is your favorite iOS version? and why?

What's your favorite iOS version?


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CooKieMoNs7eR

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Nov 18, 2009
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Hello everyone, fun topic, probably been posted here before but I just want to kill some time till WWDC and see what everyone around here thinks....mine is iOS 7 because of the new look, I was really tired of the old iOS theme, what about you guys?
 

estabya

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I think my favorite was iOS 6. Maybe poor optimization and bugs left a bad taste in my mouth when 7 came out, but it felt like 6 was the pinnacle of optimization. It could have just been that it came with my iPhone 5 which as worlds better than my 3GS. iOS 6 will always hold a special place in my heart though :)
 
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sunking101

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iOS6 for me. Sure it's outdated now in terms of aesthetics but at the time, it just worked didn't it? Nothing since has had the same kind of fluid, relatively bug-less charm.
iOS8 is undoubtedly the worst...
 

Ke1ington

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Dec 29, 2009
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I'm with the crowd. iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 truly was an enjoyable experience.

I've been on Craigslist and saved a couple selling locally but haven't been able to justify pulling the trigger. I've definitely got high hopes that Apple will be cleaning up iOS this year.
 

kmj2318

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Aug 22, 2007
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I voted 7 just because it was the most fun with the whole redesign. It's actually a hard choice though. 5 and 8 had really good new featured. iOS 6 in my mind had the worst new features, so it doesn't have the best spot in my mind, although it did run well.
 

sunking101

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I voted 7 just because it was the most fun with the whole redesign. It's actually a hard choice though. 5 and 8 had really good new featured. iOS 6 in my mind had the worst new features, so it doesn't have the best spot in my mind, although it did run well.
I mainly browse the web, take calls, send SMS and use apps. To be fair I've used precious few of the new features since iOS6 and the overall quality of the o/s is more important to me than new features. iOS8 for me is a buggy, laggy, crashy mess and I use none of the features that they've added since iOS7. I know that new features are good, but if they ruin the whole experience then I ask what's the benefit.
 
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kmj2318

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I mainly browse the web, take calls, send SMS and use apps. To be fair I've used precious few of the new features since iOS6 and the overall quality of the o/s is more important to me than new features. iOS8 for me is a buggy, laggy, crashy mess and I use none of the features that they've added since iOS7. I know that new features are good, but if they ruin the whole experience then I ask what's the benefit.
I can understand that. Even though I don't use most new features too, I just like seeing what they're doing because it's interesting, from a design perspective. And I tend to be a lot more forgiving about bugs than others. With that said I can see people's desire for quality instead of new things, and Apple would be wise to move back in that direction.
 

rugmankc

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Since my 6 Plus is my first iPhone bought when they came out, I will say current iOS. Except for the Landscape issue things work well. Counting on iOS9 to resolve that--:rolleyes:
 

estabya

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Although not my favorite iteration overall, iOS 8 introduced some of the best features in my opinion. Continuity is amazing. I love being able to text and make phone calls from my Mac.
 
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XTheLancerX

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iOS 6 because of the butter-smooth operation. I liked the design of it, too. The home screen just looked amazing where now everything is smashed together because of the lack of drop shadows, and the dock covers too much of the wallpaper. I still like the new design though, other than the home screen. Each design has its upsides and downsides imo.

Give me an iOS 8 with dark mode, refined design (still can be flat though), pretty much all little quirks and bugs fixed, and 60FPS performance all around and I will be ecstatic.
 

imagineadam

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Jan 19, 2011
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Nothing beats iOS6 on the iPhone 5. It was the fastest, smoothest and most enjoyable iPhone experience for me. Why have Apple gone backwards since then?
So true! Oh I miss my i5! I had it jailbroken on 6 and my setup was so sweet and the phone was buttery smooth all the time and multitasking was great! Nearly all apps that I would use plus the 8 safari tabs would remain in the memory.. Those were the days!
 

chekz0414

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Jul 3, 2011
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It's a tie for me between iOS 4 and iOS 8

With 4.x

- Homescreen wallpapers, Multitasking, JavaScript Engine, AirPrint, iBooks, etc...

8.x

- Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Health, Widgets, Extensibility, Continuity etc...
 

Paradoxally

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Feb 4, 2011
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iOS 6

UI is outdated nowadays, but I'll take skeumorphism over blinding white flat design any day of the week. My iPod touch 5G was purchased with 6.1.2 and will forever remain there until it breaks. It's an excellent OS version and had the best native music player, too.
 

iamMacPerson

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I absolutely LOVED the redesign of iOS when it came out with version 7, but it did slow down my iPhone 5 a little bit. For this reason I have to vote with the majority of people in this thread, iOS 6 on iPhone 5 was the best release of iOS to date. Relatively few bugs, stable, and fast. Super fast. Everything I hope iOS 9 is.

My iPhone 5 was a temperamental PoS I do not miss, however. Wi-Fi issues up the wazoo, but damn was it fast on iOS 6. So was my iPad mini (1st Gen) and iPhone 4 for that matter. 6 was just a great release over all. Wow, did that all come crashing down for the iPhone 4 with iOS 7 lol.
 

jr866gooner

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For me it's despising IOS 4 and 5 out of (at the time) jealousy I refused to admit to. I badly wanted to try the iPhone but couldn't afford to. iOS 6 (for all of 8 weeks) I had it on my iPhone 4 before iOS 7 dropped. I'm torn between iOS 6 and 7. 6 fit for nostalgia reasons being first official forray into the iPhone world and 7 for the redesign. iOS 8 is up there but I hope 9 surpasses it!
 

iamMacPerson

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For me it's despising IOS 4 and 5 out of (at the time) jealousy I refused to admit to. I badly wanted to try the iPhone but couldn't afford to. iOS 6 (for all of 8 weeks) I had it on my iPhone 4 before iOS 7 dropped. I'm torn between iOS 6 and 7. 6 fit for nostalgia reasons being first official forray into the iPhone world and 7 for the redesign. iOS 8 is up there but I hope 9 surpasses it!
iOS 4 matured in to a good release and iOS 5 was pretty much always stable (in fact, IIRC, it had the least incremental updates of any iOS). iOS 4 was the first iOS I used on an iPhone (go Verizon iPhone 4!!). I did use iPhone OS (remember that? lol) on my iPod touch 3rd gen. That was the first iOS device I ever owned myself.
 

frazzm737

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Feb 2, 2007
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I picked IOS 6, probably because it came on my first iPhone--a 4S. I was so thrilled with that phone, and hated to give it up. The size seemed perfect for small hands and fit easily in my purse, though I must admit, the larger screen on my new 6 is much easier to read.
 
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