Speed test: iOS 12 beta on an old iPhone 5s; how much faster is it?

“The iOS 12 beta has plenty of features to grab your attention: Memoji, group FaceTime calls and improved notifications,” Lexy Savvides writes for CNET. “But one of the most significant changes is performance gains under the hood, especially for older devices.”

“So to see how the newest iOS performs on the oldest phone, we took two 16GB iPhone 5S models and factory reset them,” Savvides writes. “One was running the iOS 12 public beta and the other iOS 11.4.”

“This isn’t a scientific test, just an anecdotal account of how quickly the OS performed when performing real-world tasks. Bear in mind that iOS 12 is still in public beta and performance may change between now and the final release in the fall,” Savvides writes. “Here’s how the iOS 12 public beta fared…”

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Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iOS 12 will likely get faster as the betas progress and code is steamlined, debug code removed, etc.


  1. When was the last time anyone saw a phone OS that speeded up older phones, especially that old? Apple deserves credit for this. It will be interesting to see the results obtained upon official release.

  2. Well, yeah. Apple’s demographic is people with lots of money who love shiny graphical things. For blind people, they’re still ahead of Android, so we keep slavishly buying their products, hoping for something better to pop up one day.


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