Performance Comparison: iOS 8.1.3 Vs iOS 8.1.2 [Video]

If you own an older iPhone or iPad and have held off updating to iOS 8.1.3 but desperately want your hardware to be a tad quicker, a newly released video shows you what you should expect in the speed increase stakes with Apple’s new software.

Apple yesterday released the latest version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 8.1.3 and the big news was the blocking of the TaiG, Pangu8 and PP jailbreaks that many had been using. Along with a host of bug and other security fixes, it was hoped by some that the new release would also bring a welcome speed increase to those with older devices. Previous releases had done just that, after all.

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With the question very much on the lips of those carrying hardware from yesteryear one YouTuber decided to put together a video showing what speed difference, if any, iOS 8.1.3 brings to the iPhone 4s.

In order to put together a proper test the video shows two identical iPhone 4s handsets but with one running the new iOS 8.1.3 and the other iOS 8.1.2. The test sees a variety of actions repeated simultaneously on both devices, ranging from the launching and closing of apps to taking photographs both of which are pretty common tasks.

As the seven minute video shows and as could probably be predicted, some tasks seem to be quicker to perform on iOS 8.1.3 while others seem slower. The only conclusion we can come to here is that performance on older devices wasn’t Apple’s main focus here, and with plenty of bug fixes to be worked on we can’t really blame Apple’s software engineers for that decision.

If you’re carrying an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 and find iOS 8.1.3 to still be unbearably slow, and you don’t care about jailbreaking, then we’re afraid the only suggestion we have is to upgrade to newer kit. You’re worth it, after all.

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