AppleInsider today reported that the iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1.
Although installing 9.2.1 still causes an iPhone 4S or 5 to boot slower, once in action the software can load apps as fast or faster than 8.4.1 in many circumstances, according to the article. Boot times are said to be speedier than 8.4.1 when running the software on an iPhone 5s, which was also the first iPhone with a 64-bit processor.
A consistent problem with iOS has been the tendency for devices as little as a year or two old to suddenly see slowdowns after upgrading to a new version. This is despite the fact that Apple will deliberately disable some processor-intensive features on older hardware.
A lawsuit filed last month accuses Apple of misleading customers with the claim that iOS 9 is compatible with devices ranging back to the iPhone 4S. In reality Apple is practicing planned obsolescence, the case charges, since people who update a 4S will take a performance hit but find themselves unable to downgrade to 8.4.1 or earlier — nudging them towards buying newer hardware.
We all know that these devices update and upgrade faster than our contracts allow, so unless you’re one of the few that just simply wants and can afford the newest piece of hardware every 6 months, you’ll want to extend the life of your “old” device for a long as possible to maximize your investment. That’s where Mission Repair can help, so if you have a problem with your phone, we will be happy to take care of it for you. If you want to upgrade your software, at least Apple is still helping some of the older units at the moment, enjoy!
There’s a lot of news about the iPhone 5 and it’s battery life lately; so much in fact that Apple has recalled an undisclosed amount of iPhones for a FREE BATTERY installation. You can see if your iPhone 5 is eligible here on Apple’s website. I feel like my battery in my iPhone 5 is terrible recently and I find myself charging my phone several times a day. I checked my personal phone, and Apple says that my battery is not one of the affected units; therefore no free battery for me. In fact, after reading Apple’s website it appears that they will just be swapping phones with their customers (presumably why they ask you to disable “Find my iPhone” and tell you to erase all of your data).
I thought about this for a minute…and even though it’s not a Mission Repair Recall, we are going to do Apple customers a favor: We will replace your iPhone 5 Battery for FREE (of you so desire) when you send in your device for a screen repair!
That’s right- this is a Mission Repair exclusive. If you need to have your iPhone 5 screen replaced, just select the “free battery” option when setting up your repair and we will not only repair your screen, but we’ll install a new battery for no additional charge while my technicians have your device in house.
This will help many of you that might be in the same situation as me; your iPhone is over a year old, the battery life is not what it used to be, and you’re not eligible for a free replacement from Apple.
Heck, it might even be a better way to get your battery replaced through Mission Repair; we won’t make you set an appointment to see a “genius” and we won’t “swap” your phone. It’ll come back to you with all of your data, pictures, texts and emails in tact! Just like you left it with us 😉