Does using up hard drive space on iPhone 5 slow it down?

Myiphone7

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I still have yet to transfer everything from my iPhone 4 to my 16GB iPhone 5.

I was thinking if taking up hard drive space slows down iPhone, then instead of transferring apps like Chase Bank I'll just login to their mobile site via safari.

Also, I probably wouldn't transfer any photos because I have 5,000 on ip4.

Thoughts?
 

El3ctronics

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I still have yet to transfer everything from my iPhone 4 to my 16GB iPhone 5.

I was thinking if taking up hard drive space slows down iPhone, then instead of transferring apps like Chase Bank I'll just login to their mobile site via safari.

Also, I probably wouldn't transfer any photos because I have 5,000 on ip4.

Thoughts?
Nope.
 

PoitNarf

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NAND flash read/write access times are the same regardless of how much of the flash storage has data written to it. As others have mentioned, there is no hard drive in any iPhone.
 

Blorzoga

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I still have yet to transfer everything from my iPhone 4 to my 16GB iPhone 5.

I was thinking if taking up hard drive space slows down iPhone, then instead of transferring apps like Chase Bank I'll just login to their mobile site via safari.

Also, I probably wouldn't transfer any photos because I have 5,000 on ip4.

Thoughts?
The more data you put on you iphone5 hard drive, the slower it will spin, therefore slowing down the phone.
 

Brandonsc

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The more data you put on you iphone5 hard drive, the slower it will spin, therefore slowing down the phone.
Yeah. It keeps getting heavier with every picture & song you put on it. That little motor can't spin as fast with all that weight.
 

oplix

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NAND flash read/write access times are the same regardless of how much of the flash storage has data written to it. As others have mentioned, there is no hard drive in any iPhone.
incorrect. I don't feel like writing it myself so I copied a response which is applicable to this question.

Most SSDs will slow down as they fill up. SSDs tend to chose empty blocks to write in, since they can only modify a block by erasing and re-writing the entire block. Once all of these blocks are partially filled, then every write operation will require an erase and rewrite, meaning the SSD has to read the block into cache, modify the cache with the new data, then erase the block and write the cache. This comes out to one read and two programming operations for each block that needs to be modified. Also, though fragmentation has very little effect on SSDs, high fragmentation and the fact that most OSes are ignorant of SSDs can cause the OS to issue more writes than needed. The SSD's blocks are usually larger than the OS's allocation units, so if the SSD is not expecting the extra writes, it could end up repeating the same three-step process multiple times per block, thus slowing down writes even more. Even deleting files does not solve this issue, because the data remains there, and the SSD doesn't know that it is no longer used, and continues rewriting this deleted data.

So in response to the OP question, yes if it is low on space, it will become "slower". "slower" is subjective however and you might not notice any "real world performance" difference.
 

milan03

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The more data you put on you iphone5 hard drive, the slower it will spin, therefore slowing down the phone.
Yup. There are little creatures spinning the drive inside of the iPhone, so the more videos and pictures you save, the heavier the phone becomes. Oh.. and slower 'cause the creatures get tired..
 

oplix

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Yup. There are little creatures spinning the drive inside of the iPhone, so the more videos and pictures you save, the heavier the phone becomes. Oh.. and slower 'cause the creatures get tired..
I think the trolling is unnecessary considering it's pretty obvious by context analysis that the OP meant the storage function of the device and NOT the physical hardware.
 

Michael CM1

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I think the trolling is unnecessary considering it's pretty obvious by context analysis that the OP meant the storage function of the device and NOT the physical hardware.
Considering all the instances of "iMaps," "iTouch" and "lightening port," let us have this one.

As for the OP, the correct term is "storage" instead of hard drive. I think we all know what you mean, but I also think we all hope actual hard drives die out in the next five years. And I mean as a technology, not the literal ones I have holing my backups!