Don't miss the latest stories
How Apple’s New iOS 12 Performs On Five-Year-Old iPhone 5s
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Jul 2018
Video screenshot via CNET
Apple announced iOS 12 and its pre-release version in June. Cool screen time reduction options, large-scale ‘FaceTime’ chats, and personal ‘Animoji’ aside, the new update is first and foremost a booster on device performance.
The tech giant demonstrated iOS 12 using the iPhone 6 Plus to prove its amped up efficiency and fluidity, although it promises that the oldest phone that the operating system is compatible with is the iPhone 5s.
To put this claim to the test, CNET downloaded the beta version of iOS 12 on an iPhone 5s, which debuted in 2013. The same year, the ‘Harlem Shake’ was a thing, “selfie” became a word in the dictionary, and everyone was just recovering from the supposed apocalypse.
Running an iOS 12-powered iPhone 5s next to a similar model on iOS 11.4, CNET discovered that the upgrade does work more productively even on an older phone. For instance, the ‘Mail’ app would launch 0.25 seconds faster, the keyboard appeared a second earlier, and the share sheet on ‘Safari’ would pop up a full second quicker after tapping the ‘Share’ button.
‘Siri’ was also quicker on its feet, and responded half a second faster than the voice assistant on iOS 11.4.
Check out how two iPhone 5s devices, running on different iOS, fare in the video below. Take note that the test model is working on a beta version of iOS 12, and the performance level is expected to change once the update officially rolls out in September 2018.
More related news
Also check out these recent news