Latest iOS 8 beta sets its sights on improving performance with older hardware
Nobody likes to get left behind when it comes to mobile updates. In a perfect world, maybe we’d upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware the moment it came out, but financial realities have a way of forcing us to make do with the older stuff for as long as it holds out. Luckily for iOS users, Apple has a decent track record for supporting its older gear, like we saw this year with iOS 8 handling hardware as old as 2011’s iPhone 4S or iPad 2. But while iOS 8 runs on such devices, newer software like that can be pushing the limits of what they can handle, leaving users with an experience that can be a little rough around the edges. Apple’s already hard at work on improving that situation, and the release of a new iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers includes fixes aimed at improving performance on just those older models.
At least, that’s the most interesting release note we’ve seen so far, talking about bugfixes and enhanced stability for the oldest of these products still supported by iOS 8. We don’t yet have a sense for just what kind of a boost to expect (so don’t go expecting a night-and-day difference just yet), but this sure sounds like progress in the right direction.
This release in particular is getting attention for the way Apple’s sharing it as a beta despite not being a more major iOS 8-cycle update. While there’s no certainty, this might foretell Apple being a bit more liberal with the distribution of patch-level iOS betas in the future. That may not sound like a big deal (especially if you’re not a dev) but the more eyes that are on a beta before it’s released, the more likely any nasty bugs are to be spotted.