Apple seeded its iOS 10.0.1 Golden Master to beta testers on Wednesday. This is the release that will rollout to all compatible devices on September 13, bringing redesigned Music and News apps, new features for Messages, the new Home app, and more. But will it be any faster?
Find out in the speed test below which compares iOS 10.0.1 GM with iOS 9.3.5 on iPhone and iPad.
As usual, iAppleBytes on YouTube has installed iOS 10.0.1 on a range of iPhones and an iPad Air to find out if it’s any faster than iOS 9.3.5, Apple’s most recent public release. The results vary across devices; let’s start with performance on the iPhone 5.
iOS 10.0.1 is noticeably slower to boot than iOS 9.3.5 on the iPhone 5, and it’s a similar story throughout the rest of the OS. Apple’s older firmware just feels a lot snappier; it’s faster at loading apps in most cases, and faster at fetching webpages.
Performance on the iPhone 5s is almost identical. iOS 10.0.1 is slower to boot up, and not quite as snappy as iOS 9.3.5. However, the difference here appears to be a lot less noticeable thanks to the iPhone 5s’ faster internals.
The tables start to turn when iOS 10.0.1 is installed on iPhone 6. Thanks to its faster processor, some apps load ever so slightly faster under the newer firmware, and everything just seems a lot smoother. However, iOS 9.3.5 is still faster at booting up.
On iPhone 6s, which is still the fastest iPhone you can buy until pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus go live on Friday, performance is almost identical to that on the iPhone 6. iOS 9.3.5 still boots up faster, but iOS 10.0.1 is just as quick at loading apps and content.
iOS 9.3.5 continues to win the boot up race on iPad Air, but performance throughout the rest of the operating system is almost identical under iOS 10.0.1.
There’s no real reason why you should avoid iOS 10.0.1 when it rolls out next week, then. Although it’s going to take your device a little longer to boot up, very few people restart their iPhone or iPad frequently anyway, so you’re not going to notice it much.
You may want to think twice if you have an older device like the iPhone 5, where app performance and load times do take a hit. However, the difference isn’t huge, and many would consider it’s worth it for the extra features iOS 10.0.1 will bring.