Tip: Don’t put iOS 8 on your iPhone 4S!

Apple has made it so that that iOS 8, which goes out to the public today, will work on iPhones reaching all the way back to the venerable 4S. Which is good! But as Ars Technica found out the hard way, subjecting your elderly iPhone to new software may not be worth it. At least not yet.

The 4S, which first hit the streets nearly three years ago, does its damnedest to keep up with the software designed for its bigger (and even biggerer) younger siblings. But it just plain doesn’t have the hardware to support some of iOS 8’s biggest features, like Touch ID, AirDrop, and the Metal graphics API.

And even with the stuff it can handle, the poor 4S gets winded pretty quickly. Ars points out that the phone’s guts offer about a quarter of the performance of the iPhone 5S, and an even smaller fraction compared to the newest iPhone 6. Apps launch more slowly—sometimes taking 50 percent longer to load—with herky-jerky transitions that hang and hesitate.

 

All of which is kind of secondary to the main problem: The 4S was the last of Apple’s phones with a 3.5-inch screen. That size was once considered the golden rectangle of smartphones. But everything is bigger in the future, including iPhones, and the added rows of buttons and bars that appear in many iOS 8 apps eat up valuable screen real estate on the great-granddaddy iPhone.

So yes, it’s entirely possible for you to download the brand new iOS on your brand-old iPhone. And by doing so you’ll get a lot of goodies like more keyboard options (finally) and fun widgets.Ars ultimately concludes that it’s a trade-off you should go ahead and make.

But to us, cramming that shiny new software into the 4S’s cozy yet slightly musty house is a tight fit that will leave phone and user alike groaning. New features like widgets and alternate keyboards are nice, but not at the cost of so much screen space and speed.

Have some pity on the old warhorse, and let it stay pleasantly outdated, for its sanity and your own. Or at the very least, just wait it out a while; there’s a good chance iOS 8.1 will do more to bring older devices along for the ride. [

Apple releases iOS 8, now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch!

Apple has released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to the public on Wednesday after months of testing by developers.

iOS 8 has been months in the making and was unveiled for the first time in June, at Apple’s annual developers conference. Building on the foundations of iOS 7, iOS 8 can be qualified as a more opened version of the operating system, as developers are now able to tap deeper into the software and offer more powerful features to iOS users.

The update, available now as an over-the-air download (directly from your device) or via iTunes, brings several enhancements to iOS 7. Because this is a worldwide release, users who are trying to update or download iOS 8 might experience connectivity issues. If that is the case, we suggest you arm yourself with patience and try again a little later.

iOS 8 device compatibility

f you bought your iOS device in the last three years, then it is probably compatible with iOS 8. Devices compatible with iOS 8 are:

  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad 2, iPad 3rg gen, iPad 4th gen, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display
  • iPod touch 5th gen

How to update

There are two ways you can update your iOS device. You can elect to do so directly from the device, or via iTunes.

Over-the-air update: if you want to update to iOS 8 directly from your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update. From there download and install the software. Make sure you are on Wi-Fi and your iOS device is plugged in to a power source.

Update via iTunes: As an alternative, you can launch iTunes, plug your iOS device to your computer via the USB cable and click “update.”

New in iOS 8

Although it might not appear as such at first sight, iOS 8 is a massive update for app developers and users alike. iOS 8 brings along an array of new features and APIs that developer can use to improve their applications and offer better, more powerful apps all around. Below are some of the new features you should look for in iOS 8.

  • Custom Actions
  • Sharing Options
  • Notification Center widgets
  • Support for third-party keyboards
  • Improved Messages app with new features
  • Family Sharing
  • Touch ID support for third-party apps
  • And much more…

From new features to more tools for developers, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

GTA 5 Release Date for PS4, Xbox One and PC finally Revealed!

Grand Theft Auto V is set to release on PS4 and Xbox One on November 18 and on January 27 on PC, with a host of changes and improvements in tow.

The news comes after weeks of speculation and proves that a recent leak by a retailer was completely correct. But while it’s exciting to hear that we’ll finally be able to jump back into Los Santos before too long, what’s even more impressive is the improvements Rockstar is saying we’ll be able to see. Alongside new weapons, vehicles and activities, additional wildlife, denser traffic, a new foliage system and enhanced damage and weather effects, the developer is promising much more for those who think they’ve seen all the game has to offer.

 

“All players who pre-order the game will get $1,000,000 in-game bonus cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K each for your Story Mode and for your GTA Online in-game bank accounts),” Rockstar writes.

“A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

“Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come.”

Grand Theft Auto V launched in early September last year, and we loved it. It made $800 million in a single day, and has since gone on to sell 33 million copies. At E3, it was announced for next-gen consoles and PC.