CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – iPhone users have been anxiously awaiting the iOS 8 software upgrade, but if you have an older iPhone like Katie Sell, you may be better off without it.
“I did need a software update, I intentionally didn’t update any software because of the problems I heard that it had with older phones,” Sell said.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen, much larger than iPhone 4’s 3.5 inch screen. It can take up to twice as long to render, download, and use apps on a small screen with the iOS 8.
Sylvie Glassman still has her iPhone 4S, and she told 22News a slower phone is the last thing she needs. “Opening iTunes is always a hassle, or going to my photos or sending a text message. I don’t know everything’s a hassle,” she said.
The 4 also lacks hardware that works with iOS 8, which will make many of its features useless. However, newer iPhone owners could face other problems. The new software update syncs information between your iPhone and Mac, very similar to what the iCloud does.
Unfortunately, there’s another catch according to Tony Russel-Smith, a technician at Yesware. That catch, not all laptops are compatible with the new software update. “A lot of the features with the upgrades will only work on newer macs, like say the convergence features, where you can resume documents between the phone and another device, you can only use it on a newer mac, older macs don’t support the necessary wireless technology,” he said.
If your Mac was made before 2012, it probably won’t support the new technology. If you do decide to upgrade your iPhone and iOS 8 slows it down, your only option is to erase all your data and start from scratch.