iOS 9.2.1 makes speed boosts for users with Apple's older iPhone 4s and 5

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The iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1.




Although installing 9.2.1 still causes an iPhone 4S or 5 to boot slower, once in action the software can load apps as fast or faster than 8.4.1 in many circumstances, according to iAppleBytes. Boot times are said to be speedier than 8.4.1 when running the software on an iPhone 5s, which was also the first iPhone with a 64-bit processor.

A consistent problem with iOS has been the tendency for devices as little as a year or two old to suddenly see slowdowns after upgrading to a new version. This is despite the fact that Apple will deliberately disable some processor-intensive features on older hardware.



A lawsuit filed last month accuses Apple of misleading customers with the claim that iOS 9 is compatible with devices ranging back to the iPhone 4S. In reality Apple is practicing planned obsolescence, the case charges, since people who update a 4S will take a performance hit but find themselves unable to downgrade to 8.4.1 or earlier -- nudging them towards buying newer hardware.

Apple was faced with a similar lawsuit in 2011, claiming that iOS 4 rendered the iPhone 3G slow and crash-prone. That case was ultimately tossed, but complaints about other Apple products have continued, and updates like 9.2.1 may be an admission that backwards compatibility needs improvement.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    I actually feel that iOS 9 is just as fast as 7 was on my iPad Air, despite this being its third revision. There were the animation lags but 9.2.1 and 9.3 have cleared those up. 
  • Reply 2 of 10
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    but but but - Apple is notorious for trying to slow down older users in order to force them to upgrade. right?
    ben20cornchip
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Anyone who's been using a Mac long enough is used to Apple hardware delivering more and more value over time with software optimization. That has slipped in the last few years, but I'm glad the trend continues.
    cornchipchia
  • Reply 4 of 10
    schlackschlack Posts: 673member
    the vid in this article shows two speedy iPhone 4S devices...where's the problem?
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 5 of 10
    schlack said:
    the vid in this article shows two speedy iPhone 4S devices...where's the problem?
    Oh I'm sure someone would find an animation that's not 60 fps.
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  • Reply 6 of 10
    dachardachar Posts: 330member
    It looks like Apple are helping to reduce global warming with iOS 9.2.1. The temperature shown for Cupertino is 52 F under iOS 8.4.1 and 48 F under 9.2.1 /s
    radarthekatcornchipsilversquonk
  • Reply 7 of 10
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,766member
    The iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1.




    Although installing 9.2.1 still causes an iPhone 4S or 5 to boot slower, once in action the software can load apps as fast or faster than 8.4.1 in many circumstances, according to iAppleBytes. Boot times are said to be speedier than 8.4.1 when running the software on an iPhone 5s, which was also the first iPhone with a 64-bit processor.

    A consistent problem with iOS has been the tendency for devices as little as a year or two old to suddenly see slowdowns after upgrading to a new version. This is despite the fact that Apple will deliberately disable some processor-intensive features on older hardware.



    A lawsuit filed last month accuses Apple of misleading customers with the claim that iOS 9 is compatible with devices ranging back to the iPhone 4S. In reality Apple is practicing planned obsolescence, the case charges, since people who update a 4S will take a performance hit but find themselves unable to downgrade to 8.4.1 or earlier -- nudging them towards buying newer hardware.

    Apple was faced with a similar lawsuit in 2011, claiming that iOS 4 rendered the iPhone 3G slow and crash-prone. That case was ultimately tossed, but complaints about other Apple products have continued, and updates like 9.2.1 may be an admission that backwards compatibility needs improvement.
    There is way to much editorial in those so called news "may be an admission" (sic)... No it isn't unless you failed at logic.


  • Reply 8 of 10
    trumptmantrumptman Posts: 16,448member
    In addition to owning my iPhone 6S, I have an iPhone 4S that I use when cycling. Every little of speed helps!
  • Reply 9 of 10
    but but but - Apple is notorious for trying to slow down older users in order to force them to upgrade. right?
    That's one of the accusations in the lawsuit.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    rcfarcfa Posts: 723member
    Apple keeps optimizing software, but for recent hardware. Software optimization takes into account the abundance or scarcity of computing resources as well as their relative speed and power consumption.

    Thus things can e.g. get faster using more RAM, but the same optimization that speeds things up on newer hardware makes it slower on older hardware. Apple obviously will maintain only one code base and obviously will not punish buyers of new hardware by giving them software optimized for old hardware.

    The problem is solved easily: let people downgrade, and/or maintain a few older iOS releases in terms of security fixes and iCloud integration.

    iOS 7.x would still be viable on an iPhone 4 were it not for the lack of security updates and lack of updates where iCloud integration and iMessage is affected.
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