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iPhone 4S users facing performance issues with iOS 8 upgrade?

If you downloaded iOS 8 following its release yesterday, then you may have hit glitches with certain apps, and experienced some slowdowns if you have an older device.

While the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 are compatible with iOS 8, these are the oldest iDevices Apple lists as such – and as is usually the case on the fringe of compatibility, the new operating system doesn't run quite as slickly as it should on these pieces of hardware.

A number of apps don't work properly with iOS 8 on these older devices. We already heard about the issues with the Dropbox app yesterday (opens in new tab), and HealthKit (new with iOS 8) is also problematic by all accounts. Some apps are taking up to 50 per cent longer to load, too.

Related: How to get your Apple iPhone or iPad ready to install iOS 8 (opens in new tab)

The overall experience on the iPhone 4S has been highlighted as somewhat sluggish, with Ars Technica (opens in new tab) pointing out that the outdated hardware in the 4S (compared to the 5S, let alone the iPhone 6) just doesn't have to muscle to run the new operating system smoothly, with animations being a little choppy.

Not only that, but the 3.5in screen size doesn't fit so well with iOS 8, given that the upgrade was designed with the bigger-screened new iPhones in mind, with the small screen making things feel rather claustrophobic.

All this has seen many folks wheeling out an old chestnut, namely that Apple likes to hamper older devices with borderline-viable OS upgrades to ensure folks are wanting to upgrade their handsets.

However, while Ars seems to deliver some apparently nasty barbs here, the site does note that iOS 8 on the 4S isn't as slow as iOS 7 was on the iPhone 4 – and that despite performance hiccups, most folks will still want to upgrade to iOS 8 on the 4S due to the extra features offered. Evidently any sluggishness isn't that bad...

Furthermore, reader comments (and general chatter elsewhere on the net) seem to suggest that performance isn't actually that much of an issue on the 4S.

Related: A step-by-step guide on how to download iOS 8 (opens in new tab)

If you have an iPhone 4S, it is, of course, your decision whether to make the leap or not...

As regards the app bugs such as Dropbox, hopefully they'll be patched soon enough, too.

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.