iOS 8.1.1 Does Little to Improve iPhone 4S Performance

iOS 8.1.1 Does Little to Improve iPhone 4S Performance

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Apple recently released iOS 8.1.1 which was supposed to bring performance improvements for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. ArsTechnica put the firmware to the test, checking for enhancements to responsiveness and consistency. Unfortunately, the software update didn't perform as well as many hoped it would.

We loaded some apps on the phone three times each, manually closing them between runs and timing them with a stopwatch. We averaged the three times to get our final result. On this count, iOS 8.1.1 changes little for users with Apple A5-based devices. App load times are basically the same as they've been since the iOS 8 update, and they're still longer than they were under iOS 7.1—Safari is the only one that shows any sign of change that can't be explained by the margin of error, and it's still not a big one.

iOS 8.1.1 Does Little to Improve iPhone 4S Performance

Noting the limitations of 512MB of RAM on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, Ars also tested how fast Safari could reload tabs after they'd been purged from memory. In this test there were some minor improvements. Reload time was slighter faster and the site says it didn't run into crashes or instability.

The best we can say is that something about the process of loading and ejecting processes to and from the A5's 512MB of RAM could cause slowness and instability in iOS 8.1, and whatever the problem was has been at least partially addressed in iOS 8.1.1. The update doesn't help with the still-unimpressive performance of the UI, application launches, and lighter multitasking loads, but it does deliver some consistent and measurable improvements under certain circumstances.

iOS 8.1.1 Does Little to Improve iPhone 4S Performance

After going through all their tests, Ars concluded that iOS 8.1.1 didn't hurt anything, helped sometimes, but isn't an 'iOS-7.1-on-the-iPhone-4-style shot in the arm'.

Let us know your experience with iOS 8.1.1 in the comments. Did it make an improvement?

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Rajesh kumar - November 23, 2014 at 11:19am
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humanextinction - November 23, 2014 at 7:59am
That's why they purposely prevent you to downgrade firmwares and not make it optional by consumers to make your couple of year old hardware run sluggish on an operating system optimized for the current or latest hardware to date. That's how marketing work to force everyone to always buy their product every couple of years while the earlier products becomes more environmental waste.
#billgate #trollgate - November 23, 2014 at 9:05am
Environmental waste? Do you not see old products get recycled into newer ones? Best buy does it, target does it, Apple does it, the list goes on.
Smarty - November 23, 2014 at 10:48am
I'm sure Windows purposely made everyone buy windows 7 and slow down the XP computers. Android purposely can't be compatible to majority of devices because they just wanted sell more. It's call processors and resolutions. If you have an older device, don't bother if you think it can't handle it. It will you appear smarter.
#billgate #trollgate - November 23, 2014 at 2:26pm
Last time I used android, God it was nightmare all over. It was like 2009.
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