iOS 7.1 Improves Performance for iPhone 4 Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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:

    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.

    Article Link: iOS 7.1 Improves Performance for iPhone 4 Users
  2. Icaras macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I never imagined that word would make it to a Mac rumors headline.
  3. jonyive4 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
  4. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
  5. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
  6. -LikesMac- macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    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). :p

    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.
  7. 869639 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2014
    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
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    So far, iOS 7.1 is a big performance improvement. :D
  9. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
  10. westcoastin macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    An objective report of an iOS device actually being snappier? Unacceptable. I'll only believe anecdotal reports.
  11. SJism23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    I wonder what kind of optimizations Apple had to make to get such improvements.
  12. ccrunner_tj macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2010
    West Lafayette, IN
    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.
  13. dumastudetto macrumors 68000

    Aug 28, 2013
    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.
  14. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    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.
  15. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    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.
  16. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2006
    Here, here!!
  17. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    Anyone with a iPhone 4 has gotten their money's worth!!!:cool:
  18. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    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!
  19. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    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.
  20. dengpeng macrumors newbie


    Oct 11, 2011
  21. henzpwnapple macrumors regular


    Feb 13, 2009
    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? :eek:
  22. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2012
    Toronto, Canada | Sibiu, Romania
    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. :(
  23. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    Faster? Nah I won't update. Oh it's snappier? Where's my phone!
  24. cohenmatt macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
    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
  25. Cmdrx3 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2013
    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.:mad:

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