In June Apple announced the new iOS8 update to iPhones, ipads and ipods. Now company rolled out new update to worldwide i devices. It’s officially support iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus models. iPhone 4s is the oldest model that support new update. Now its time to take an initial look at iOS8 on iPhone4s.
As an iPhone 4s user I’m relay like the screen size of the model and performance wise also its is a good device. We can still find the spec on the official site. :)
Installing iOS8: I have installed several iOS major releases on my iPhone 4s since that model is release three years ago :) . Typically installing process is still not improved and it was a really headache for me when I install iOS8 because it took more than 3 hours to upgrade. See my screenshot. Its says 4 minutes remaining but its took long time. Finally I installed the new version. Actually look and feel is not changed much and it’s same as iOS7 . You can see the complete set of new features here. Most people are complaining that new update requires 5GB space and they lost bunch of images and songs. Luckily I have a 32GB version :)
Performance and Apps:
After installing iOS8 sometimes applications behave badly in my iPhone 4s. Average times to open several apps are higher than when I use iOS7. specially Message, Safari, Settings, Calender. Other than that all applications are working correctly. My other point is iOS8 is design for larger screens. When its come to iPhone 4s, screen size is not enough to get a better look and feel, because all new stuff is fitting more information on those larger screens, whether we are talking about predictive typing , notification widgets or spotlight suggestions.
In the above screenshots I’ve used the Swiftkey
third party keyboard. It is a really great keyboard for fast and easy typing. I have used that in a android device and I’m really impressed with its features. But when its come to iOS8, most of the time I was stuck with the keyboard and its getting long time to open the keyboard. I hope apple will fix that issues soon.
There are more cool new features in iOS8 update. One of my favorite feature is Battery usage function which is allow you to monitor individual applications for battery drain. And also new iMessage features and Multitasking feature are really cool.
iOS8 is a big update and it comes with a lot of features. Although the iPhone 4s misses out some features like TouchID and Air drop, it can still run lot of features. Its up to you to decide whether you upgrade your old device or not. But I like to play around with new features, so I updated and I’m hoping apple will work on a new 8.0.1 or 8.1 update to improve performance on old devices.