iPhone 5 run faster with less apps

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Myiphone7, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    I have noticed my iPhone 5 is snappier and quicker when I delete apps.

    I'm not sure why this is, but it is noticeable....

    Any ideas?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2009
    Not to be rude, but isn't this obvious? Of course a smartphone will run better with less apps on it.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    Well you'll be surprised how many apple fanboys here would swear by otherwise.

    Just wanna know the truth.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2011
    If you close out your apps, and reboot every once in awhile, you wont have that problem. Amazing how some people have no clue about doing that. Be careful though, you might bend your iphone, scratch your sim card, or get a mean look from an Apple rep.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Well said.
    Also as long as you reboot and clear your apps once in a while you will be fine.
    Storage and ram memory are 2 different things.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    My phone runs just as fast while being completely empty or completely full. Flash memory won't affect the speed of the device.

    iOS will selectively free up RAM if needed but it doesn't hurt to close out apps in the task switcher. A daily reboot is also a benefit.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    What iPhone 5 really needs is to be rebooted and closed apps rather than deleting apps?


    I have deleted a lot of apps I don't use but made sure to make a list of them in my notes shall I ever need them again.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    The iPhone is a computer. Most computer techs will tell you to reboot a few times a month.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    Installed apps occupy storage memory (Think hard drive on a computer). The RAM (actual memory where apps runs) is separate.

    iPhone 5 has a dedicated 1GB of RAM regardless of how many apps you have installed or what model you have (16,32,64).
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    common logic.

    doesn't your computer slow down once you have more stuff on it?
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Jersey, Channel Islands
    While I accept that some may disagree, I honestly think this is a placebo effect.

    Given the way that iOS handles RAM usage (i.e. prioritising recently used apps and closing previously used ones as needed), I just don't see how having fewer apps installed would speed up the phone.

    I never manually close apps unless they're malfunctioning and have always done this since multi-tasking was first introduced. It's never affected the performance of any iPhone I've owned.

    And yes, I know the thread is about the number of installed apps on the iPhone, but I'm talking about the number of running apps by extension (since there's no way that having more apps that are closed but installed would affect performance, unless the storage is nearly full).
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    And even then performance shouldn't be impacted, since iOS doesn't swap RAM to storage.
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010

    I my geeckbench score has INCREASED!

    It is now 1658 which is better now that apps have been deleted.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    I really don't know how else to explain my geekbench score?
  16. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    if the phone works fine then there is nothing wrong with it. Forget the geekbench score just enjoy it.
  17. macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    It's NOT obvious. If I have 10 apps or 1000 apps on my computer, it will run the same exact speed (so long as I have enough space for VM, which is not applicable on the iPhone). It's actually obvious that the number of apps installed will have no effect at all on speed unless you are VERY close to getting it full.

    EDIT: Upon re-reading, this point didn't seem clear. I referenced a computer because iOS is more or less a slimmed-down version of OS X, so the principles are similar.

    Amazing how some people have such a flawed understanding of how apps work on iDevices. The majority of apps within a minute or less of you going back to the home screen. Some will stick around until the OS quits them to free memory. Very few will continue to run all the time, and nearly all of them are location apps like a GPS app. Most of the apps in your recent apps list (gotten to by double-tapping the home button; no, it's NOT a currently running apps list) are already quit. Rebooting is helpful if you are having issues with something, but generally not necessary for performance. Maybe once every couple of months if you haven't been forced to already.

    There is a good bit of misinformation going on in this thread. You don't need to clear out the list of recent apps. It really doesn't do much of anything.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    also did you know that the more apps you the heavier your phone will be? :eek: should be careful not to overfill it with apps
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2011
    My 32GB iPhone 4 is full to the brim.

    When I get down to the last GB or less it does seems to really get slower. I assumed that perhaps the iPhone uses the flash to do some swapping if short on memory. If so having literally nearly or no free space could affect performance I'd think.
  20. macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    It's not going to make a big difference. Are you telling me you are going to be able to notice the speed of your phone if it has more or less apps on it? Why limit the usability of your iPhone for something you won't even notice?
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    In theory more apps shouldn't affect ram, but it's not exactly too uncommon to have an app that gets stuck or otherwise malfunctions, which can cause trouble. The more apps you have, more chances to have a bad one. This is why every few days I try to close them all.

    This being said, the fluctuating geekbench scores are likely a coincidence. I get different scores all the time, I'd bet you'll realize eventually the scores will not be better consistently.

    You do worry too much about your iPhone. I do too sometimes, generally only when it's new, but we'd both be wise to remember most of life's good things have nothing to do with an iPhone. There's a whole world out there, there's no app for it. :)
  22. macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    True enough. My fiancee's iPhone was lagging, not responding very well and we just took it into Apple Store, they did their diagnostics and the app "the Knot" (wedding planning site) was giving all sorts of errors. It even hard locked the phone when loading it at the genius bar which was funny. He had us uninstall it and the phone didn't give any more errors. So yeah poorly coded apps can/will affect the phone. The more there are, the more likely errors may occur. A reboot every couple days is always good though. You can go into a stock apple app like clocks or stocks or something and hold the power home to do a reboot rather than just shut down.
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    This must be the case for me.

    I deleted yelp I'm thinkin that was it or one of the others. But now it's fast :)
  24. macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    It's placebo. The updated geekbench app reports higher scores than before, it's not your phone running faster.

    Previously I was seeing around 1640 and then after the update it hit 1661. No change in app storage.
  25. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    We have too many Windoze users here.

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