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iOS 5 to give new lease of life to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS

It appears that iOS 5 will give new wings to the older Apple iPhones like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, that's what can be concluded following the publication by Anandtech (opens in new tab) of a detailed table that compares the performance of the aforementioned phones on the iOS 5 GM and older iterations.

The benchmark used is Rightware Browsermark and shows that the iPhone 4S using iOS 5 is the king of the hill, narrowly surpassing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with a score of 89567. The iPhone 4 with iOS 5 GM reaches 51701 which is significantly higher than its score of 36675 on iOS 4.3.

Even the the iPhone 3GS on iOS 5 GM surpasses the latter with a score of 37276. In comparison, the iPhone 3GS on the older iOS 4.2.1 reached only 26151.

So apart from bringing a slew of new features like iCloud or wireless sync, iOS 5 could also help significantly boost the performance of Apple's existing smartphones and encourage Apple users to stick to their existing handsets.

iOS 5 will be released over the next few hours worldwide and will come shortly after Apple has outed iTunes 10.5 which supports iOS 5 wireless syncing as well as automatic downloads and iTunes in the cloud.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.