If I get an Iphone 4 from verizon, is it possible to have IOS 5.x not 6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gnomeguardian, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2013
    As the title says-I am receiving a free white iPhone 4 from Verizon because I am eligible for an upgrade. Is there any way for me to boot it up out of the box with out it being IOS 6-this is because my friends tell me personally how their iPhone 4 has less battery life and is slightly less responsive. Also I look to get an untethered jailbreak.
    Any help is welcome, and I have scoured google and can't find relevant specific to my situation.
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I doubt it will come pre-installed with anything below 6.0, but you never know.
    They wont update it when they activate it but its not like you can give it back and look for another firmware version.
    But within a day or so there will be an untethered JB for 6.1 so why not go with that.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2013
    I'm pretty much running into dead ends
    I'm fine at this point with an untethered Jailbreak for 6.1, but my main concern is battery life and responsiveness
    I have an iPod touch 4g right now running an untethered jailbreak on 5.0.1 and it's heaps slower than when it was on a 4.3.2 untethered JB.
    So what I'm getting at is each new ios is basically slowing down older apple models to convince me to get the latest and greatest one.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If you're so concerned with speed then why are you purchasing an almost 3 year old device?
    Put in a little money and get a 4S or even better an iphone 5 before you lock yourself into a device for the next 2 years.
    You wont have any issues with responsiveness with an i5.
  5. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    iOS 6.1 hasn't slowed down my iPhone 4 (Verizon) at all.

    It probably has to do with the jailbreak, not the actual iOS update.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    Ante up the extra dough and go with the 5 as Juiced said. My boss has an iPhone 4 and side by side with my 5 there's no comparison looks, feel, or performance wise.
  7. macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    I concur. Comparing my friend's VZW iPhone 4 to my AT&T iPhone 5, everything seems laggier.
  8. wordoflife, Feb 2, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

    macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Considering that iOS 6 has been out for months, I doubt it. But when you go to the store, if you do, ask them to see if they can find a box with the Google Maps icon on it. I'm sure the new iPhone 4 boxes do not have the Google Maps icon. It doesn't mean it will have iOS 5, but you might be lucky.

    I'd really suggest getting an iPhone 4S, if not the 5 unless you're planning on just using the default apps on your phone. The obsolete hardware, limited storage, and somewhat poor performance of iOS 6 makes the device frustrating to use. If you don't upgrade to iOS 6, your phone will be wasting almost 1GB (out of the 6.5GB or so available space) by predownloading the update. And you can't prevent it from doing so.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    I had my iPhone 4 for two years and even though I only used iOS 6 on it for a couple of weeks compared to the year with iOS 5 I didn't notice any difference. I'd go with iOS 6 if I were you.

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