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.
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]