iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 3GS: First Impressions and Performance

After installing iOS 5.1 when it was released back in March, I was thoroughly impressed with how it performed on my iPhone 3GS, a phone that was released all the way back in 2010. However, in the last couple of weeks, I have been dealing with some headaches. Apps have been crashing. My iPhone has restarted itself without provocation. Push notifications haven’t been popping up. It has also been sluggish. So, I’ve been hoping for an update to iOS 5.1.1 for my iPhone 3GS.

That update arrived today and I promptly installed it on my iPhone 3GS hoping that it would make the bugs disperse and offer a better experience on my iPhone 3GS as a whole.

Unfortunately, the process started off slow.

Read: iOS 5.1 on iPhone 3GS: First Impressions and Performance.

iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 3GS: First Impressions and PerformanceWhile trying to install the iOS 5.1.1 update, my phone somehow, mysteriously, drained 10% within, oh I’d say around three minutes. This, along with the aforementioned bugs, has happened to be numerous times recently. My phone will say something like 65% one minute and then I look down and I’m at 45% or some other random number.

I was then prompted with the nice little message that you can see off to the right there.

After charging back up, I once again installed the update and this time, it worked. The 40MB or so update took just a few minutes to unpack and install and there I was with an iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.1.1, hoping for the best.

For the last several hours, I have put my phone through the paces. I have been texting like mad, trying to recreate the push notification issue. Before, some texts hadn’t been showing up in my Notification Center and they weren’t popping up when my phone was locked. Instead, I had to look at the Message icon to see if there was anything new.


Now, after the update, that seems to have been fixed as new messages have been popping up left and right.

I have tested out all of the apps that have been having issues including Facebook, ESPN ScoreCenter, Yammer. Often, they would just close on their own and once in awhile, my iPhone would just shut off. I’m serious, this happened early this morning when I opened the ESPN app.

That hasn’t happened yet with the iOS 5.1.1 update so I’m feeling good.

As for the overall performance of the phone, it seems to be a lot faster. At times, the software would be a bit sluggish. This did not happen in the first couple of the weeks that I had the update. It was only in the last few weeks where I started seeing the entire OS slow down. Switching between apps was slow, getting into my texts was a hassle because it took so long to load.


Read: iOS 5.1 for iPhone 3GS: Final Impressions and Performance.

So far though, that sluggishness appears to have been dealt with. Opening folders is smooth. Opening apps works out fine. I can navigate in and out of menus and applications without any sort of a pause.

Right now, I’m impressed. Sure, the fixes weren’t listed in the change log, but I can definitely notice a difference between iOS 5.1 on my iPhone 3GS and iOS 5.1.1 on my iPhone 3GS.

If you’ve been having issues with iOS 5.1, and many of you have commented and written in to say that you have (I am trying to answer as many of those emails as I can, by the way), you certainly want to update your iPhone to the latest version of the software.

Before I go, I’ll leave you with this. As glad as I am that Apple has updated the iPhone 3GS with iOS 5, I can sense that the end of the rope is near in that I doubt that Apple updates the 3GS with iOS 6. Nothing confirmed obviously, but this is beginning to become a trend.

Read: How to Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple releases update for iPhone 3GS and I fall in love with it. Problems start happening a month to a month and a half in and then Apple releases a new update that takes care of the issues. The process then repeats itself.

I can’t be mad though. I’ve almost had this phone for three years.

How have your experiences with iOS 5.1 and now, iOS 5.1.1, been thus far?