Apple's public launch of iOS 8 is happening today, but there is one group of iPhone owners who may want pass on the upgrade for now. According to Ars Technica, the overall experience of iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s is degraded enough that owners of this device may want to consider bypassing the update and remaining on iOS 7, despite the new features offered in Apple's latest iOS version.

Apple's iPhone 4s was launched in 2011 and is falling quickly behind the times. It includes a much slower A5 processor, doesn't have an option for LTE connectivity, lacks Touch ID, and ships with 2.4GHz-only 802.11n Wi-Fi support. To maintain compatibility with the device, Apple has removed some features from iOS 8, including AirDrop and Handoff for apps. iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s also drops underlying support for OpenGL ES 3.0, the Metal graphics API, and 64-bit ARMv8 apps. As a result, overall app performance is slower and animations often are choppy.

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The iPhone 4s suffers not only from the expected feature loss and slower performance, it also is hindered by its 3.5-inch screen. With iOS 8, Apple is designing the OS with a larger screen in mind and this limitation is apparent throughout the OS. Apps appear cramped, and those such as Mail that require text input provide very little space to compose a message.

Apple faced a similar challenge with the iPhone 4 and iOS 7 last year and managed to improve performance on older devices with its iOS 7.1 update. As a result, there is reason to hope the company can do the same this year for iPhone 4s owners looking to take advantage of iOS 8 and address some of the issues in a future update. iOS 8 will be available today and includes interactive notifications, third-party keyboard support, a new QuickType keyboard, extensions and more.

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Top Rated Comments

MartinAppleGuy Avatar
125 months ago
Imagine if Apple introduced the iPhone 4S like Macrumors done above:

It includes a much slower A5 processor, doesn't have an option for LTE connectivity, lacks Touch ID, and ships with 2.4GHz-only 802.11n Wi-Fi support. And it can be yours to pre-order today!
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFather Avatar
125 months ago
Deleted.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SethBoy Avatar
125 months ago
Planned obsolescence and OS upgrades walk together.

OS upgrade = planned obsolescence
No OS upgrade = planned obsolescence

:eek:
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
125 months ago
Meh. Works fine for me.

A bit slower, but I can deal with it.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brdeveloper Avatar
125 months ago
Planned obsolescence and OS upgrades walk together.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenomorph Avatar
125 months ago
Performance screen size issues? Really? Funny, iOS 8 ran just fine on the iPhone 4S as recent as this morning with the iOS 8 GM, but suddenly there are issues?

MacRumors, you have the worst writers and keep posting stupid "articles" like this.

Your "journalists" should be disappointed in themselves.


It includes a much slower A5 processor, doesn't have an option for LTE connectivity, lacks Touch ID, and ships with 2.4GHz-only 802.11n Wi-Fi support.

What kind of stupid writing is this? The device came out 3 years ago. You make it sound like it is some new, crippled device made for stupid people.

More gems from this site:

Apple has to work carefully to balance performance with battery life.
Competing devices from companies like Samsung do offer more RAM, but at the cost of performance.
(https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1780176)

Really? Adding more RAM hurts performance?

You apparently have no idea how RAM works.

What a disappointing site.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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