General Which iOS ran smoothest under Tim Cook's reign for you?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by thadoggfather, Jan 16, 2015.


So which is it? (also comment on device if you'd like or share experience)

  1. 6.0.x

    8 vote(s)
  2. 6.1.x

    55 vote(s)
  3. 7.0.x

    1 vote(s)
  4. 7.1.x

    26 vote(s)
  5. 8.0.x

    0 vote(s)
  6. 8.1.x

    26 vote(s)
  1. thadoggfather, Jan 16, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2015

    thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    Also curious which device, but I will keep it to iOS version for the poll

    my vote goes to 6.1 on iPhone 5. Playing with a friend's device (hadn't updated since I 'fixed' it up a while back) over holidays was so fun!
  2. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    6.1 no brainier. iOS since 7 has lost its charm due to random stutters even on very powerful hardware.
  3. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    You've said it well. 6.1 on my old iPhone is one I regret selling.

    I'd love to claim 8.1.2 I'm currently running on my iP6_Plus that I'm composing this post on is the best, but it's not.

    It's buggy, Safari and Apple apps as well as third part apps crash's a bit of a hot mess currently. I can only hope Apple will fix it at some point.
  4. ReanimationN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
  5. Beeplance macrumors 65832


    Jul 29, 2012
    I agree with the rest, iOS 6.1 and 7.1.2 are my top choices.

    iOS 8.... still have to wait for maybe 8.2.1 or something.
  6. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    I'm not trying to alienate anyone or discredit their opinion, but I find it interesting a few people voted 8.1.x
  7. iRoRo macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    6.1.x without hesitation, the good times of iOS on my 4S (long gone)
    I would gladly PAY to downgrade the iOS on my iPhone.
  8. sunking101 macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2013
    7.1.2 was still buggy, but obviously much less so than any iteration of iOS8 thus far. I frequently got the spinning data wheel of death and had to reboot to remove it. Battery life wasn't the best either.
    Aesthetics aside, purely judged on performance, iOS6 wins it for me.
  9. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    If we ever get a fully refined iOS again, I'm going to stay put.
  10. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Not even just 6.1 but iOS 5 and 6 were fine the whole time, followed by 7.1. The blur and animations are just too much for iOS. Part iOS 7's bad design. iOS 6 was smooth even on the 3GS, just slower.
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    The last version of iOS 7, for me at least, was the stablest version of iOS yet. However, iOS 8.1.x is by far the worst, especially on new hardware. Some parts of it are absolutely appalling.
  12. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    Why? Initially, IOS 6 was a disaster and IOS 7 was a disaster, and IOS 8 was a disaster. IOS 7 even had the lock screen hack bypass.

    IOS 8.1.2 runs as well as 7.1.2, (for me) with the cut and paste and landscape glitch; and gobs of new functionality.
  13. sunking101 macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2013
    I don't use any of the new functionality, and none is worth the trade-off in bugs. Just out of curiosity, what are the essential new functions?
  14. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    A number of them I use/like. One of them in general applies only to TMO at the moment.

    - battery usage by app, plus other more granular settings in the settings app.
    - imessage updates (leave a group conversation etc.)
    - TMO users enjoy wifi calling
    - Need I say apple pay
    - FMI - send last location to apple
    - VOLTE
    - Photo adjustments, time lapse, countdown timer
    - Randomize wifi

    There above updates I have used or find useful. I wouldn't want to give them up by downgrading as I find 8.1.2 eminently usable. (Of course, some of them only applies if you have an iphone 6)
  15. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    95% pleased with performance of iOS 8 on my iPhone 6. Runs really well, a couple jumps here and there, or maybe a strange little bug or quirk, but it's not too much to handle.

    However, iOS 8 on my mini 2 is really bad considering it's only a year old... Very disappointing. UI stutters and has constant little artifacts and glitches. Much much much MUCH more solid on iPhone.

    iOS 7.1.2 still stuttered on the newest (at the time) iPads. Control Center/Notification Center + Keyboard or Lockscreen = Stutters. Blurring into Siri was never full 60 fps like it was on even the one year old iPhone 5 at the time. I don't get why iOS 7.1.2 is praised SO much. Sure, it was better than 7.0 by a mile, but we've still got a long way to go people, especially with the steps backward in performance we have seen with iOS 8.
  16. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2013
    For me the worse experience EVER was the ios 4.0 update. It added cool stuff that was needed, but my phone had so so many bugs and issues. My best under Cook would probably be the current version believe it or not.
  17. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    I remember 4.0 being wonky on iPhone 4 even though the hardware was awesome. I was itching for HDR and stability and speed so much I hopped to 4.1 when limera1n came out and I was abroad using an att iPhone. The earpiece sensor was really bad on 4.0 I remember. Like almost didn't work. Preserved baseband while updating for ultrasn0w. It was horrifying while the restore tinyumbrella process occurred but it worked. Even used a neighbors windows machine to get the Jb instantly and not wait to load up a VM
  18. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
  19. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2013

    I agree the iphone 4 hardware was awesome, but that entire year on ios 4.0 felt like beta testing the entire time. I had all kinds of issues with folders and multitasking (new to 4.0) plus it resulted in the slowest, most "jagged" iphone experience I've ever had. O really didn't see a whole lot of improvement until 5.0 came out. Oh I also seem to remember having a lot of sms and mms texting issues on 4.0
  20. yep-sure macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
  21. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    agreed, ios8 ruined a number of critical work apps (igaslog); a real PIA to seeking an alternative (more of an issue with the app developers not being arsed to update the app :mad:)
  22. Rhonindk macrumors 68030


    One aspect that make me choose 6 over 7 and 8 is the new design JI implemented with 7. Not that it is bad, just that it is dyslexic, skewed, and unfinished.

    If they had fixed 7 (never happening now) it would have been my choice.
  23. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    Unfortunately I gotta agree with others on the 6.1.X here. It was the most stable as it did not suffer issues from the redesign, or the gutting of the system to create Extensibility or Continutity.

    Hopefully iOS 9 takes a "Snow Leopard moment" to batton down the hatches and really improve on iOS 8. There is a lot of potential here.
  24. jfeathe macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    This is a very tough decision for me because I was only able to experience 6.1.x on the iPhone 3GS.

    I went with 7.1.x because it was a slightly better experience on my 5s than 6.1.x was on my 3GS.
  25. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    Latest iOS 8.1.x or whatever it is, is absolutely fine and smooth on my 6+. No issues with lack of smoothness whatsoever, very smooth.

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