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iOS 9 Optimisations Could Deliver Better Performance For Older Devices

Apple’s iOS updates have a reputation for degrading the performance of slower devices. On one hand, it makes sense — more features require extra grunt. On the other, given the strict range of phones and tablets the company has, surely it can take a bit of time to tune its updates for specific hardware? Well, iOS 9 could signal a shift in Apple’s attitude towards optimising the platform for the likes of the iPhone 4S.

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. This 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.

43 Hot Smartphone Specs Compared.... (Including iPhone 5)

We’re seeing more and more high-end smartphones enter the market, and keeping up with all of them is nothing short of overwhelming. How will you decide which one will be your next handset? Here’s how popular beasts like the Galaxy S III stack up against upcoming options like the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920.

Sony Previews Xperia SL With A Screen That Might Beat The iPhone 4S

The Xperia S is a lovely handset, but it has the potential to be so much more. Thankfully, Sony has confirmed that the next generation isn’t far away in the Xperia SL — a 1.7Ghz smartphone with a killer 12-megapixel camera and a screen that may look better than the iPhone 4S’ Retina display.

Why A Two-Tone Unibody iPhone Makes Perfect Sense

There’s been much speculation that Apple’s next iPhone will come with a unibody, two-tone design, a significant departure for the company. But fewer people have bothered to ask why. Industrial designer Don Lehman does here for The Tech Block — and comes up with some convincing answers.

Watch A Galaxy S III And iPhone 4S Compete In A 'Get Dragged Behind A Car' Test

Samsung and Apple are going head to head in court right now, so doesn’t it make sense for the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S to go head to head behind a speeding car? OK, maybe it doesn’t follow, but it’s fun to watch.

iPhone 4S Is 4x More Powerful Than The Curiosity Rover

Last night, NASA landed on Mars — an amazing feat! But guess what? The Curiosity rover’s on-board computer is a relatively low-power system. In fact, the iPhone 4S is four times more powerful. Check out the specs below.

This Photojournalist Is Capturing The Olympics With Just An iPhone

The Guardian’s Dan Chung is photographing the entire Olympics using just an iPhone 4S and processing app Snapseed. Though it seems to have taken him a while to find his feet, the results are becoming sensationally good — and with his updates continuing until the end of the games, there’s far more to come.

Martin Scorsese Likes Siri In New Apple Ad, Thinks She's "Going Places"

The latest instalment in Apple’s arsenal of celebrity Siri promos is here, featuring a very peppy Martin Scorsese headed downtown in a yellow NYC taxi. Marty makes the most of his time alone with his virtual assistant, switching around appointments and consulting her for the downtown traffic report.

Screen Versus Bezel: Which Phone Really Gives You The Biggest Display?

Phone technology has advanced to the stage where the electronics don’t take up much of the internal space at all. Ignoring the battery, the limiting factor now — if you want to call it that — is deciding how large the screen should be.

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