iOS 14 benchmarks running on the iPhone 6S show that Apple’s newest operating system doesn’t slow down old handsets.
iOS 14 benchmarks compared with older versions
The iPhone 6S is the oldest model that can run iOS 14. The YouTube channel iAppleBytes lined up five of them to do side-by-side comparisons between Apple’s newest operating system and iOS 13.7, 12.1, 11.4.1 and 10.3.3.
On the Geekbench 5 test, the iOS 14 benchmark scores were almost the fastest, just a hair behind version 11.4.1. But iOS 10.3.3 is too obsolete to run Geekbench 5, so iAppleBytes also ran Beekbench 4. This time, iOS 14 brought in the top score.
“iOS 14 does seem to run extremely well when it comes to opening apps and other tasks like scrolling, and overall smoothness,” notes iAppleBytes. “iOS 14 even seems to be better and faster launching apps, boot speed, than most of the older versions.”
These iOS 14 benchmarks strongly suggest anyone with an older iPhone can install iOS 14 on it, confident that the update won’t wreck performance.
A self-inflicted wound
With every new iOS version, some people express concern that the update will destroy the performance of older devices. There’s a conspiracy theory that Apple does this deliberately to force people into buying a new model. These benchmark scores show there’s no evidence to support the fears.
But the concerns are understandable, as years ago Apple used to throttle the performance of older devices. The company said it did so to prevent the processors from overwhelming aging batteries, but the move still provoked an enormous furor. In fact, Apple ended up paying $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.