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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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iOS 7.1 Improves Performance for iPhone 4 Users




Last September, when Apple released iOS 7 to the public, the iPhone 4 was the oldest model supported by the operating system. However, many iPhone 4 users found their devices to be slow and unresponsive, something Apple was likely aware of because there were a number of iOS 7 features that didn't work at all on the iPhone 4, including Siri, AirDrop, AirPlay Mirroring, and a number of special effects across the user interface including parallax, some translucency effects, and live wallpapers.

Today, with the release of iOS 7.1, Apple has much improved the experience of iPhone 4 users on iOS 7, though not entirely back to what users saw in iOS 6.1.3. According to Ars Technica, there is a measurable improvement in iOS 7.1 across a number of native iOS apps, including the speed at which the apps open from the home screen:

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There's a measurable improvement over iOS 7.0 across all of these apps, some more noticeable than others. In a few instances, iOS 7.1 very nearly catches up with iOS 6.1.3, which is impressive given the gap between the two operating systems in some of these apps. It's not a complete recovery from the original iOS 7.0 release, but it's about as good as Apple can do with hardware this old. The small speed improvements are present throughout the operating system, and this makes the iPhone 4 feel more responsive than it did, if not always as responsive as it once was.

iOS 7.1 also helps with the UI jerkiness that was all over the place in 7.0. It's easiest to capture the difference in video--actions like launching apps or pulling up the Control Center shade are always visibly jerky in iOS 7.0, but they're smooth (or at least smoother) in the new update.
As Ars notes, iOS 7.1 may well be the final major iOS release for the iPhone 4, as Apple generally removes support for the last generation of iPhones when it releases a new operating system each year. Ars says iOS 7.1 makes the experience good enough that using the iPhone 4 is no longer "unbearable", but that there are "unmistakable" benefits to moving to a faster phone.

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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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I never imagined that word would make it to a Mac rumors headline.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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SNAPPIER.

Wait... What about Safari?
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:41 PM   #6
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Haha, "snappier."

It's kind of ironic since there was one occasion where MacRumors warned us not to use this word (it was in the context of Safari, though).

Wow, it's funny how all those posts appeared above mine in the time I composed this. I guess you can say that was snappier than expected.
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One thing I do not like is how the dial pad on the Phone app has soo much space around it...they should have somehow made the buttons larger....

overall I am not enjoy the small Call button on all iPhones 4/5S
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:42 PM   #8
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So far, iOS 7.1 is a big performance improvement.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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Hahahahaha

My 4S is much snappier
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:44 PM   #10
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An objective report of an iOS device actually being snappier? Unacceptable. I'll only believe anecdotal reports.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:44 PM   #11
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I wonder what kind of optimizations Apple had to make to get such improvements.
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I can completely confirm this. I installed the update on my roommate's iPhone 4 earlier today with the promise that performance was to be better. He has been going on about it all evening, saying that he no longer needs to buy a new phone since it is so snappy now.

Anyone with an iPhone 4, have no fear in finally going to iOS 7.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:45 PM   #13
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It's pretty amazing Apple can do this. Ask Samsung/HTC/Sony/Google/Nokia consumers what they get in terms of updates and they'll all have tales of woe and reasons why they are never buying a phone again from that OEM. Apple is quite remarkable the way they support old hardware and give consumers the best possible experience. And that's why we love them.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:46 PM   #14
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Some impressive gains if this is true. Especially with messages. A person is in and out of that quite a few times in the run of a day.
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Glad to still be humming along on iOS6 here. Works fast, reliably, and looks a hundred times more polished. Maybe iOS 8 won't be another step backward.
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It's pretty amazing Apple can do this. Ask Samsung/HTC/Sony/Google/Nokia consumers what they get in terms of updates and they'll all have tales of woe and reasons why they are never buying a phone again from that OEM. Apple is quite remarkable the way they support old hardware and give consumers the best possible experience. And that's why we love them.
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Anyone with a iPhone 4 has gotten their money's worth!!!
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I had a comment deleted from another thread because I dared to ask another poster if the changes they saw made Mavericks feel snappier. Apparently it was a frivolous post.

Better be careful the same moderator doesn't delete this article for the same reasons!
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I want to see this but on a 5S, although there wouldn't be iOS 6 as comparison, it feels a lot faster between 7 and 7.1. I'm curious as to how much faster it actually is compared to what it feels like.
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iPhone4 user just stay at 6.1.3...
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:54 PM   #21
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First time ever, i want to go back to last version, ios6. Seriously, ios7 feels like vista when i was still using PC... Did bill gates take over the ios roadmap?
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:55 PM   #22
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If you disable animations altogether in iOS 7 everything feels a lot faster and nicer. I like the animations a whole lot more in iOS 6...if only I could get control center iOS 6 would win me over completely.
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Faster? Nah I won't update. Oh it's snappier? Where's my phone!
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they really should have done 4s & 5 iOS 6/7/7.1 comparison and a iphone5s 7/7.1 comparison too

good to see they aren't completely leaving old users in the dust but some of those increases are terrible. an extra second to open your phone and messages with 7.0
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Worse thing I ever did was update to IOS 7. My 4S had no lag, stutters or stalls and IOS 7 put an end to that (as well as being butt fugly). Given the option, I would go back to IOS 6.1.2 rather than IOS 7.1 but it's an option I don't have.
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