iOS 9 on a 4s

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by radtechy01, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. radtechy01

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    I picked up a 4s for my dad this will be his first smart phone it's a 16 gig Verizon and he won't be using a lot of the space for music etc. so my question is will the 4s be able to handle iOS 9? I know Apple says that it it will but from a serious standpoint will it? I know in the past with iOS 7 & 8 on older models people of had trouble. Thanks in advance
     
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    Right now I think it's iOS 8 but before I upgrade it I don't wanna if it's gonna suck for him cause downgrading is a pain in the ass
     
  3. Ledsteplin

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    Using these tips will help.
    To help your older device run better, here's some tips:
    1. Leave at least 20% of the storage capacity available. This helps to not constrain the system.
    2. Toggle on "reduce transparency" and "reduce motion".
    3. Toggle off Background App Refresh".
    Good luck!
     
  4. radtechy01

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    Those are all easy. 16 gig model is plenty of memory for him. I'll disabled the background refresh a and that stupid floating screen that I hate. Other than that you think it will be smooth?
     
  5. Ledsteplin

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    Hard to say. Probably not as smooth as a new 6s. There will be some lag most likely. Whatever it does, he'll probably get used to it and enjoy it. My old iPhone 5 still works on iOS 9.1. It's not real smooth, but it works fine. It's my back up now.
     
  6. Rafagon

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    If he can deal with having only about 10 GB at his disposal (that's what he'll be left with, give or take a couple hundred MB), then he should be fine, and like @Ledsteplin said, it will not be as smooth as a new 6s. It should be fine for a casual user doing web surfing, some YouTube videos, taking and sharing photos, e-mail, and playing non-graphics-intensive games.
     
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  7. 47seijar

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    The iPhone 4s is the oldest model listed as compatible with iOS9: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/#compatibility
    Often, the oldest compatible model doesn't work perfectly with the latest software version. I would recommend sticking with iOS8 unless there is something in 9 that you just must have.
     

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