Most of us upgrade our phones once every two years, if not earlier. But what if you bought an iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S II all the way back in 2011 and were so happy with it that you decided to keep it as your primary device for the next five years? YouTuber Austin Evans recently decided to take a look at how the two top flagship phones of 2011 held up when you tried to use them in 2016 and he was pleasantly surprised to discover that they’re at the very least still serviceable. More →
Apple said that iOS 9 will bring performance improvements to all iOS devices, including older models that were slowed down by the iOS 8 update. However, when all said and done, it turned out that iOS 9 wasn’t able to dramatically increase overall speed, no matter how much optimization it underwent.
Various early tests showed last September the initial version of iOS 9 lagging behind the latest stable version of iOS 8. Since then, Apple released a slew of minor update, with the latest one significantly improving overall user experience on old devices such as the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. More →
More and more people upgrade to Apple’s latest iOS release, with Apple claiming iOS 9 is adopted at a faster rate than iOS 8. But that doesn’t mean iOS 9 is a flawless update, as the iPhone maker has already released a first iOS 9.0.1 patch to fix some issues.
On top of that, even iOS 9’s primary focus is improving performance, it appears the new software isn’t necessarily going to make your old iOS device feel any faster than iOS 8. More →
Many people will surely label the iPhone 6s as a minor update over last year’s phone, quickly dismissing it just because it’s an “S” update. In some ways, the new Apple phone is similar to last year’s version. But once you start digging under the hood, you’ll quickly realize that the iPhone 6s series brings a slew of improvements over last year’s model that likely make it the best “S” upgrade in Apple’s history – just look at the comparisons below. More →
With a few weeks to go until Apple unveils the future of its iOS and OS X operating systems, several details have already been leaked about the upcoming releases. One of the most interesting features detailed in recent reports concerns iOS 9, as Apple is apparently working to make it run much more smoothly on older iPhones and iPads. More →
If you’re still using an iPhone 4S, odds are fairly good that you’ve learned to hold off on installing major software updates on your iPhone. While new versions of iOS bring great and exciting new features, they also can bring slowed performance or even bogging to older Apple devices. Early reports suggested that this was indeed the case for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 when Apple’s iOS 8 update was released earlier this month, and we even shared a way to roll back to iOS 7.1 for users who couldn’t deal with the performance issues.
Now that two updates have been released for iOS 8, however, it may finally be safe to update those older devices. More →
Some of Apple’s selling points for iOS devices are extended support for future software updates, and timely simultaneous iOS update releases for all supported devices. The company often brags with numbers detailing iOS update stats and tells regular customers and developers that Google’s Android can’t come close to offering a similar experience. However, Ars Technica warns that the incoming iOS 8 update for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, while laudable for such old device, will not offer flawless experiences. More →
In its earnings call on Wednesday for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014, Apple revealed that more than two out of three cheap iPhone buyers are switching over from Android, highlighting the move as a success for the company. Apple’s Tim Cook said that on the quarter, 62% of iPhone 4s buyers and 60% of iPhone 5c buyers ditched Android smartphones to purchase an iPhone. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 6 can’t seem to catch a break lately. Between the Maps app fiasco, limited Passbook usage and redesigned App Store that makes discovering apps even more difficult, iOS 6 seems like an update worth skipping for iPhone 4 and 4S users. According to reports from MacObserver and hundreds of messages on the official Apple discussion boards, iPhone 4 and 4S users who updated to iOS 6 are seeing their batteries drop from 100% fully charged to under 50% in a handful of hours – on standby.
For the first time since it launched, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 4S is not the top-selling smartphone in the United States, according to channel checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. The Cupertino-based company is widely expected to announce its next-generation iPhone next week, leading a large number of consumers to delay their smartphone purchases until then. At the same time, Samsung (005930) is pushing its newly released Galaxy S III smartphone, which has become the best-selling device on three of the four major U.S. carriers. The iPhone 4S remained the top-selling smartphone on AT&T (T), although the Galaxy S III was able to outsell the handset at Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S). More →
While Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone hasn’t been officially announced yet, the company is providing a nice gift for users who bought the previous model. TheNextWeb reports that Apple’s recycling program is now offering up to $345 for the iPhone 4S in good condition, or $45 more than what Samsung (005930) was offering for the 64GB iPhone 4S earlier this year. The cash that users receive comes in the form of a gift certificate for Apple stores, so this current offer is really ideal for iPhone fans who are planning to upgrade to Apple’s newest device when it becomes available on September 21st. More →
When Apple (AAPL) introduced the iPhone 4S to the world last October, consumers were initially disappointed the handset wasn’t the fabled iPhone 5. With added features like Siri and a dual-core processor, some early reviews labeled the smartphone as a minor update from the iPhone 4. The handset was an instant hit, however. Aside from standard praising, numerous professional photographers raved about the camera, which is arguably the best smartphone camera available today. In fact, the camera is so good that Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung has been using his iPhone 4S to capture the action at the London Olympics. With the help of some binoculars, a clip-on Schneider lens and the Snapseed processing app, Chung has been live-blogging the games and has captured some truly spectacular images. Examples of which can be found below. More →