Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4s when it comes to new software, despite the fact that it is now outdated by several generations. But while iOS 8 is technically usable by iPhone 4s owners, just how fast can it run compared to iOS 7?
Finding the answer to this question is the basis of a new video by YouTube user kabriolett, who staged a speed comparison between an iPhone 4s running iOS 7.1.2 and one running iOS 8.0.2.
The results are surprising.
Despite concerns about the amount of lag Apple’s “biggest ever” iOS update would create, the test shows that although iOS 7.1.2 does run slightly faster, there’s not actually a whole lot in it. The vid maker does, however, stress that the test was carried out on freshly restored phones, no yet weighed down by tons of text messages, full camera roll etc.
While it’s certainly nowhere near the speed of an iPhone 6 or even 5s running iOS 8.0.2 (and why would you expect a three year old phone to match a much newer one?) the video does demonstrate that iOS 8 is workable on a 4s.
Just one week after the launch of iOS 8 it was reported that 46 percent of iOS devices were running the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.