iOS 14 benchmarks run on the iPhone 6S comparing Apple’s newest operating system to the performance of older ones demonstrates that Apple’s latest doesn’t slow down its previous handsets.
iOS 14 benchmarks compared with older versions
The iPhone 6S is the oldest model that can run iOS 14. The YouTube channel iAppleBytes lined up five of them to do side-by-side comparisons between Apple’s newest operating system and iOS 13.7, 12.1, 11.4.1 and 10.3.3.<!– –>
On the Geekbench 5 test, the iOS 14 benchmark scores were almost the fastest, just a hair behind version 11.4.1. But iOS 10.3.3. is too obsolete to run Geekbench 5, so iAppleBytes also ran Beekbench 4. This time, iOS 14 brought in the top score.
“iOS 14 does seem to run extremely well when it comes to opening apps and other tasks like scrolling, and overall smoothness,” notes iAppleBytes. “iOS 14 even seems to be better and faster launching apps, boot speed, than most of the older versions.”
These iOS 14 benchmarks strongly suggest anyone who has an older iPhone can can install iOS 14 on it, confident that the performance won‘t be wrecked.
A self-inflicted wound
Many people express concern with each new iOS version that it’ll wreck the performance of older devices. There’s a conspiracy theory is that Apple does this deliberately to force people into buying a new model. These benchmark scores show there’s no evidence to support the fears.
But the fears are understandable, as years ago Apple used to throttle the performance of older devices. It claims it was doing so to prevent the processors from overwhelming aging batteries, but there was still an enormous furor. Apple ended up paying $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.