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With an iDevice you always have 2 choices Stay with the iOS you have or Update to the latest available [or supported, for end-of-life devices] iOS. There is no 3rd choice. Any bugs in the early releases of any 'whole number' iOS are usually fixed over the next few months, so it is usually better to be on the latest version.


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Get an iPhone case that provides backup power. You can maneuver iPhone completely hands-free by saying "Hey Siri" if you are willing to keep your phone plugged in to a portable USB battery while you walk around. iOS 8 has "Hey Siri" built-in: Settings > General > Siri > "Hey Siri" > Enabled The rub: "Hey Siri" only listens when phone is ...


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iPhone 4s doesn't support AirDrop. You need an iPhone 5 or newer.


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You can take it to any of the various iPhone repair kiosks that appear throughout most malls. I took an old iPhone there and had the charger replaced for $45.


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You can't. Restoring from another device's backup will update to the latest iOS the restored device can use. The only way would be to restore from a backup initially made from that same device, using that iOS.


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Apple stops signing the old OS within a week or so of a new one coming out, for all devices that can support that OS. After that, there's no way to go back, unless you saved your SHSH blob from the prior version's installation. You should be able to get Xcode 6.3.1 from Apple Developer or update from the App Store.



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