iPhone 4s vs. iOS, well, 9 now. An Update
Apparently it only seems like it’s been a year since I wrote a series on how my aging iPhone 4s worked with the then-newish iOS 8, but it was only last March. If you’re interested, here are links to Parts 1, 2 and 3. Apparently I was either late to upgrading or writing, as here we are a mere 8 months later and I’m ready to update those posts for iOS 9. So without further ado, here we go.
iPhone 4s vs. iOS 9: Should You Upgrade
Obviously the big question is the first one, should you bother if you’re still limping along with an iPhone 4s, as I am.
Okay, moving on.
But seriously, if you upgraded to iOS 8, there’s no reason not to upgrade to 9, and as I will discuss below, at least one big reason why you should.
While I haven’t seen iOS 9 quash any of the bugs I’ve encountered with iOS 8, such as the disappearing keyboard (which still happens, and only with Apple apps, especially Messenger), there haven’t been any new ones introduced that I’ve come across.
So go ahead, upgrade without fear, because …
Killer Feature for Old iPhones: Battery Life
One of the features touted in the upgrade was improved battery life, although of course the focus was on newer iterations of the iPhone. However, I’ve noticed a huge improvement on my phone since upgrading. While I don’t go to the trouble of running advanced metrics (too busy trying to get work done and use my phone I guess), there is not question that I am getting several more hours of battery life on every charge. I used to worry just when I was leaving the house for 4-5 hours that I’d run out of battery, now I don’t even worry.
It’s not back to brand new, all day life, but it’s amazingly close.
And Low Power Mode
Now this is one that Android users are of course going to laugh at us about because they’ve had this for awhile, but low power mode has also been a useful feature on those occasions when I’ve stressed even this new-found extended battery life.
Is That All?
Pretty much. While iPhone 4s users will get the advantage of updated Apple apps such as Notes, and iCloud Drive, you won’t get access to any of the new features you couldn’t access in iOS 8, such as Handoff. Eventually, you (and I) will just have to upgrade.
So suck it up, appreciate the fact that Apple supports 4 year old hardware, which Android doesn’t (four month old is a stretch there … kidding, a little) and save up.
And appreciate the fact the no-contrat plans are more available now, so if you can afford the upfront cost, you’ll save a bunch of money if you keep your next phone for four years.
And yes, I’ll probably do an update of those increasingly complicated plans soon also, to help you with your upgrade plans.