iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 improves performance only in a few key areas

image iPhone 4S iOS 8

One of the pillars that Apple has built itself upon is delivering updates to older devices, especially as the main competition lacks that same sort of ideal.

However, the improvements that new software is supposed to bring to older handsets, or even new ones for that matter, doesn’t always translate that well in the end. That seems to be the case for the iPhone 4S, and aging handset that hasn’t been quite sent out to pasture just yet. In mid-September, right around the time iOS 8 was first introduced to the public, Ars Technica ran plenty of tests to see how the newest piece of mobile software worked on Apple’s older flagship. The results weren’t all that fantastic.

Now, in a brand new test utilizing iOS 8.1.1, which was released on Monday, November 17, which was supposed to bring stability improvements along with other fixes, the same tests reveal that while iOS 8.1.1 does indeed offer up some minor improvements in key areas, the total picture is lacking overall. The test notes that, when it comes to application loading times, some areas are minimally (and probably not noticeably) faster than in previous versions of iOS. Some, though, actually — technically — take longer to launch.

image iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4S update

The test does a good job of running down the specific instances where the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad mini 2, and other older Apple devices run into issues, but it does look like some of Apple’s older tablets run into quite a few issues with lag and general choppiness within the interface with iOS 8.1.1:

Three different tablets are represented in this video. First, an iPad Mini running iOS 8.1. Then, the same iPad Mini running iOS 8.1.1. Finally, we hooked up an iPad Mini 2 running iOS 8.1.1. Note that this isn’t intended to be a side-by-side speed comparison—we weren’t performing these tasks in sync with one another. Rather, this is a demonstration of UI choppiness on the iPad Mini (and, by extension, the iPad 2) under both 8.1 and 8.1.1 and a look at how things look on a tablet with more capable hardware.

In the end, Ars suggests that the time of Apple’s A5 processor has come, and with the A7, A8 and 64-bit-focused Apple taking the reigns, these older devices are probably simply going to be let out into the wild, to be forgotten about with newer software versions, like iOS 8.2.

You can check out the full test through the source link below.

Do you have an iPhone 4S you’ve upgraded to iOS 8.1.1?

[via Ars Technica]

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  • Leo

    One of the many reasons I stuck at iOS 7

    • Ian Wiggins

      wish i did

  • blu

    My wifes 4s is on 8.1 and her iPad mini is on 8.1.1.
    I don’t use them much, but she has not said anything about them being any slower compared to iOS 7.x, even when I asked her.
    I am keeping her 4s on 8.1 since I will be jailbreaking it in a few weeks (will be giving it to my daughter to replace her 3gs) unless a 8.1.1 JB comes out.

    • jonas

      don’t wait too long with the jb. apple will stop signing soon

      • blu

        does Apple still need to be signing 8.1 for the JB to work??

        • jonas

          in order to restore your phone to the 8.1 firmware( in case something goes wrong)

  • Todd Bruno

    8.xx offers slower speeds, less compatibility, no real upgrade worthwhiles. staying on 7.12

  • Mohammad Rasel Ahmed

    I have Updated my i4S to iOS 8.1.1 n it’s good….. I think it is faster than previous iOS 8.1 nd I am not of those who are staying on their previous iOS 7.1.2……because third party keyboard (Swype), Notification Center Widgets, Keyboard Word Predictions etc features of iOS 8 are Awesome. I just enjoying my new iOS!!! I know i can not downgrade now but if I have the option to downgrade to iOS 7.1.2 or lower but I will not downgrade. Yes i know iOS 8 may be slower than previous iOS 7 but considering those nice features i am happy with that.

    • mgirl

      totallly agreed!

  • dreimer

    Battery life using 8.1.1 is under 1 day 🙁

    Under 7.1.2 it would last 1 – 1.5 days 🙂

  • Tattamy

    I just wanted to point out that your reference to iPad Mini 2 being an “older Apple product” is incorrect. I think you meant to say the iPad Mini, running the A5 chip. The iPad Mini 2 has the A7 that the iPad Air has, and i actually notice it possibly being even faster than my iPad Air. It handles iOS 8 pristinely.