Difference Between Power Off and Forced Reset?

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  1. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    Is there a difference between these two methods of resetting the iPhone?

    - Hold top left button, then slide finger across screen to power off.
    - Hold top left button and home button for 10 seconds.

    The first method seems to initiate a "shut down" procedure with the rotating "busy" indicator for 5 seconds or so.

    The second method of course shuts it down instantly.

    I'm just wondering if the second method gets you a better reset (ie. clears the memory more completely). Because it would seem to be more of a brute-force approach that could perhaps introduce data corruption if a write operation is occurring, while the first method gives the phone a chance to close things down.

    In all cases where I've see the instruction to a 3rd party app recommend a reset before use (the bigger memory-hungry apps like X-Plane), they talk about the second method.
     
  2. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    A power cycle (ie shut down, wait 10 secs, then power back on) is much better than a forced reset, which is exactly what it says. Powering down properly runs various housekeeping routines that get skipped otherwise. Forced reset just kills everything dead without any control, which can end up corrupting the system software if you do it too many times. When I install an app, I just power cycle as described above - my 3G is exceptionally well behaved even though I have about 40 apps installed.
     
  3. bigmouth macrumors 6502

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    Forgive my ignorance, but do you mean option 1 or 2 in the OP?
     
  4. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    Option 1, good - like drifting off to sleep
    Option 2, not so good - like being knocked unconscious with a big stick

    :)
     
  5. MacTo737 macrumors newbie

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    Nice.......Well put. Was not expecting this answer!
     
  6. X5-452 macrumors 6502

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    Both your post, and your sig, made me lol. :/
     
  7. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, that's what my gut told me, even though the general wisdom out there (repeated by many of the App Store authors in their instructions) is to do the forced reset. But it always felt to me like flipping off the power strip on a PC.
     
  8. Peruvian macrumors regular

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    Excellent... Im gonna use this...
     

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