Apple prides itself on hardware design that is, if not timeless, at least meant to last many years. Similarly, build quality is often superior to the competition.
This is all for naught, however, when the company encourages everyone, including those with old iPhones, to automatically update to the new operating system.
As Ars Technica notes, if you’re one of those rich folk in poor parts of the world, all pleased with yourself for having a shiny iPhone 4S, then the latest iOS does you no good.
iOS 8.1.1 came out on Monday, promising an iOS 7.1-style update for older devices like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and first-generation iPod Touch. We’re here to dispel those notions. iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn’t improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you’ll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let’s look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you’re using an older iDevice and the longer list of things that won’t.