According to users Web-wide, the latest iOS 7 seems to have made legacy Apple smartphones a bit dumber. Reports continue to pour in describing crashes, slowness and erratic behavior overtaking iPhone 4s and 4Ses that have upgraded to the newest version of iOS.
Unfortunately for these users, there’s no going back. They can’t downgrade back to iOS 6—Apple saw to that—which means they’re effectively held hostage now. Sure, the captivity is of their own making, but if they ever want to see decent iPhone performance again, the fact remains that they’ll have to pay up for a new handset.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise; iOS 7 was designed with the more powerful iPhone 5S and 5C in mind. Yet many users are surprised, to say nothing of annoyed and frustrated. And, mostly, disappointed—especially the longtime users who believed Apple when it said they too could enjoy the strange, new technicolor world.
Sales of the iPhone 4S are surging, boosted by the higher-than-anticipated price of the new iPhone 5C and the arrival of a totally revamped operating system on the older smartphone.
Data from uSwitch Tech and our sister site Omio’s network of partner websites reveals that the iPhone 4S’s has outsold the iPhone 5C by 30% since that handset went on sale in the UK on September 20th.
The 4S’s sales fillip comes amid disappointment that the iPhone 5C, which trades premium materials for a more economical polycarbonate plastic shell, isn’t the ‘budget-priced’ iPhone that analysts expectd. And that consumers were crying out for.
In breathless ads for the iPhone 5s, Apple loudly trumpets the phone’s zippy A7 processor, all-new operating system and sheer sense of ‘snap’. To give Cupertino’s marketing men their due, the adverts make a typically brillaint fist of selling the handset to the masses.
But a clip from Everything Apple Pro offers cast-iron proof that processing brawn isn’t necessarily the be-all and end-all in the smartphone speed stakes. And having the new version of a smartphone operating system is no guarantee of supremacy either.
According to Aaron C. Rakers and colleagues, who authored the report, the iPhone 5C is going to have the form factor of the iPhone 5, but its internals are going to be straight out of the iPhone 4s. The information was gathered by looking into the supply channels that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) uses to build its iPhones.
iPhone 5 component slump
According to the inquiries of the analysts, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is slowing down production of the components that it uses in its current top smartphone, while increasing the production of components that it uses in the older iPhone 4S. The 4S is—looking at the company’s older production schedule—due to be downgraded to the lowest priced iPhone the company offers.
Samsung fabricates the custom chips that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) uses in its smart phones. The A6 processor, which is currently only available in the company’s iPhone 5, has seen its production materially ramped down in its Austin fabrication plant.
With the recent iOS 6.1 update reportedly causing a swathe of iPhone 4S users to experience troublesome signal loss issues when attempting to utilise 3G connections, Apple has responded to complaints, rolling out iOS 6.1.1 in a bid to amend the recently introduced issues.
Made available overnight, the new iOS 6.1.1 update appears to currently be exclusive to iPhone 4S users, with our test iPhone 4 and iPad mini units currently showing iOS 6.1 as “up to date.”
Speaking on the new iOS fix, Apple has stated: “This update fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.”
We have started seeing an increase in iPhone issues related to battery life and overheating. All of them seem to be related to users upgrading their devices to iOS 6.1.
A quick search on the Apple Support Communities forum for iOS 6.1 battery shows this is not an isolated problem. Apple released iOS 6.1 on January 28. It appears some users have been having problems ever since they’ve upgraded: complaints have been coming in from that date all the way till today.
The earliest report we could find was created on January 28 and actually comes from a user reporting great battery life on his iPhone 5. Yet the first reply is from another iPhone 5 user who is “seeing the exact opposite” and the thread goes down from there. It goes on for 11 pages, and at the time of writing has 157 replies.
MacRumors is reporting that Vodafone UK today began sending out text messages to iPhone 4S owners on its network, warning them not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 due to issues with 3G performance.
New York marketing manager Shibani Bhujle says her iPhone spontaneously combusted, burning her fingers, and then oozed acid when she tried to remove the battery.
“My iPhone was on a coffee table and randomly the power went off,” Bhujle told VentureBeat via email. “It was not on a charger or charging. In the next minute, I smelled fumes and picked up my iPhone, which was extremely hot.”
Bhujle says she tried to turn the phone on, which didn’t work, and then as the phone continue to heat up and emitted a burning smell, she panicked and tried to remove the battery by prying open the back of the iPhone. As she did so, the battery, she says, was “in the process of melting and oozing liquid (acid).”
You’d think that a modern photojournalist covering the world’s biggest sporting event for one of the UK’s biggest papers would use a serious camera for the job. Not The Guardian’s Dan Chung, who is using an iPhone 4S.
Perhaps we should clarify - Chung is using the iPhone 4S to live-blog the event from a photographer’s perspective. This means lots of small, incidental snaps taken and uploaded immediately. We can think of no better device to do that (well, apart from maybe a Nokia PureView 808).
Even then, he’s needed a little help to get his shots. That help comes in the shape of a clip-on Schneider lens (all the better to get a close-up of Michael Phelps making like a salmon) and the popular Snapseed app for tweaking and editing the images.
Nokia’s new flagship Symbian handset comes packing a whopping 41-megapixel camera sensor, which is larger than those found on most advanced compact cameras. Having got our hands on a review set, we decided to pit it against the reigning king of smartphone cameras, the iPhone 4S.