The iPhone 4s iOS 9 release is here and Apple delivers a collection of new features, even on this aging device. Once users learn that there is a iPhone 4s iOS 9 update, the next question is, “Should I Install iOS 9 on the iPhone 4s?” Here is what current iPhone users with iOS 9 have to say about the performance on the iPhone 4s, battery life and issues with the update.
After looking at the iPhone 4s iOS 9 reviews from regular users and watching speed comparisons of iOS 9 vs iOS 8.4.1 on the iPhone 4s we can help you decide if you should upgrade to iOS 9 or wait for the iOS 9.1 release date to upgrade when Apple adds more fixes.
The iPhone 4s is the oldest iPhone getting the iOS 9 update, so you shouldn’t expect that it will do everything that the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s will, but it still adds new features and overall the iPhone 4s iOS 9 reviews are positive.
Here are the details you need to know to figure out if it is worth installing on your iPhone 4s.
iOS 9 Installation
After an initial error that slowed the iOS 9 upgrade for everyone, the overall iOS 9 update process has gone pretty smoothly for most users.
We found scattered reports of users who upgraded the iPhone 4s and other devices who got stuck on the swipe to upgrade screen after the installation completed. If this happens you can try unplugging from iTunes to finish this setup part of the upgrade.
Whatever you do, make sure you have a recent backup before you try to install iOS 9.
iPhone 4s iOS 9 Performance
It is important to remember that the overall iOS 9 performance will vary from one device to the next, even from one iPhone 4s to the next. The user reviews of iOS 9 on the iPhone 4s paint a generally positive picture, but there are some issues.
iPhone 4s iOS 9 Speed
The video below shows a comparison of iOS 9 vs iOS 8.4.1 on the iPhone 4s. This shows the speed of iOS 9 and iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s so you can figure out if it is worth upgrading.
Both of these phones are with a fresh install of the operating system with the same apps and games.
The iPhone 4s iOS 9 reviews from users are also mostly positive regarding performance, but there are some complaints. Check out the feedback from users below.
iPhone 4s users, iOS 9 works pretty fast for me so don't be afraid to update :)
— sierrah (@biebsmeetme) September 16, 2015
iPhone 4s Apps
We did not find reports of apps crashing after installing iOS 9 on the iPhone 4s. Some developers have told us that they are still working to deliver iOS 9 updates. If you run into issues, update your apps.
iPhone 4s iOS 9 Battery Life
Unlike most of the updates we cover, there are few reports of very bad battery life after installing the iPhone 4s iOS 9 update.
In fact, users are mostly raving about the increase in battery life from the new battery saving features and the new iOS 9 Low Power Mode.
iPhone 4s iOS 9 Connectivity
Connectivity is a very important part of any update, and the good news so far is that we are not seeing any widespread complaints about Bluetooth, WiFi or Cellular connectivity problems on the iPhone 4s with iOS 9.
Bluetooth and WiFi problems do have a way of sneaking up after the initial release, so there is a chance that you might run into issues, but the release itself is not causing widespread problems.
iOS 9 Bugs on the iPhone 4s
There are a number of small iOS 9 problems that users need to know about, but most of these are not show-stopping issues.
@DyleoliviaZella there's a down side about IOS 9 on iPhone 4s, emoji's are super slow to show up and type with
— i don’t excist (@LovingGrimmeh) September 16, 2015
If you experience any iPhone 4s iOS 9 problems on your device, please alert us so we can share with others.
Should You Install the iPhone 4s iOS 9 Update
If you want to use some of the new iOS 9 features, you will need to upgrade to this new update. The overall experience with iOS 9 is positive, but on an older device there are always concerns.
In this case, if you upgrade to iOS 9 you can expect added features, possibly better battery life and fixes for some iOS 8 issues. Don’t expect a completely new experience on your iPhone 4s, as it is still an old device, and a surprise that it is getting iOS 9.
For the time being you can install the iPhone 4s iOS 9 update and still downgrade to iOS 8.4.1 if you don’t like it.