Does iOS 8.1.1 bring performance improvements to iPhone 4s and iPad 2? Watch this video to find out


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When iOS 8 was released, users of older devices such as iPhone 4s and iPad 2 had complained about performance problems.

According to the release notes, iOS 8.1.1 beta which has been seeded to developers last night, includes performance improvements for iPhone 4s and iPad 2.

So what kind of improvements can iPhone 4s and iPad 2 users should expect? Watch the video below by YouTube user kabriolett, where he has done a side-by-side comparison of iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1 running on iPhone 4s. He goes through a series of tests such as rebooting the devices, launching various stock and third-party apps and running Geekbench benchmarks.

This may not be the most scientific way to do the comparison, but as you can see, there seems to be marginal improvements while launching apps on the iPhone 4s running iOS 8.1.1 (at least in most cases), and switching from portrait to landscape mode seems to work a lot better in iOS 8.1.1. It remains to be seen if Apple will be able to make any more improvements before it releases iOS 8.1.1 to the public.

When iOS 8.1.1 is released, iPhone 4s and iPad 2 jailbreakers will also have to decide if the improvements are worth upgrading, as it kills the Pangu jailbreak.

If you’re an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 users then let me know what you plan to do in the comments.

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  • 4s

    well well welll my 4s gonna stay on ios7 🙂

    • Daniel

      I don’t blame you, that would be very smart of you. The latest is not always the greatest. Took me a few years to realize that though.

  • BlckBurn12

    dude its beta wait for full ios8.1.1

  • Jaff Fong

    8.1.1 has a very unsightly yellowish tint, yes? And doesn’t make much difference so in not gonna lose my 8.1 jailbreak…

    • James Polestico

      oh i see. that thingy is on my top left part on my 5s. :3

  • PurpleBird

    i believe in Pangu team.. pretty sure a jailbreak’s gonna come out for 8.1.1
    at least i hope so, as a 4S user

  • MetalHeadz

    Test like this should be done on freshly restored devices (data will impact on performance)…. One device got more apps than the other and the capacity is different (32gb vs 64gb)…

    • Joe

      yes, would likt to also see a test on freshly installed devices, but most people do not carry around freshly installed devices, most people have apps install, photos and text messages stored. So I think it is fair to use devices that contain some data. BTW both devices in the video has the same mount of apps (check 1:15), and capacity should not matter on performance, unless I guess when is out of space.

      • MetalHeadz

        A test with data is not objective, it is subjective on how many apps you have installed and settings on your device… And this makes a big difference, apps that runs in the background (GPS, background refresh, mail pull, etc) directly affect the performance. So a real test is a test on freshy restored device with stock settings

  • F0zzy

    After watching that comparison I’d say there’s no real speed difference between the 2 (if anything v8.1 was slightly faster in most tests) and Apple is just doing this minor update to block the current jailbreak.
    I was holding off on upgrading my 4s because I was afraid of the phone being slow, however I did it yesterday and I’m very happy with the outcome. Glad I did it while I still could. Battery life is the only thing I think really took a hit, not sure if that’s from the ios or the jailbreak though. And of course some of the cydia apps not being ios8 compatible is unfortunate, but I’m sure that’ll change soon.

  • gaucho

    Excellent news

  • Levi Draper

    I think iOS 8.1 and ios 8.1 is the kinda the Same so I’m just gonna stay with 8.1 cause I don’t want to lose my jailbreak

  • Levi Draper

    8.1.1 silly

  • Moham

    What about ipad3 ?
    Ios8.1 is slow on ipad3 does 8.1.1 have better performance in ipad3?