How much faster/more responsive is the iPhone 5 than the 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TH55, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    I have a 4S and I love it but it has become increasingly slower since I got it.

    When I say slow I mean in regard to responsiveness, launching and loading apps, processing requests/buttons pressed etc.

    I don't know if this is due to software upgrades, although I havent upgraded past iOS 5.01.

    I have cleared all of my text conversations and am only using 5 GB of the 32. I only have 2 pages of apps and none of them are in folders.

    Would I notice a dramatic improvement in performance speed with 5?
  2. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
  3. carlos mara macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2013
    You have Jailbreak? Many tweaks do consume a lot of RAM!

    Enviado desde mi iPhone con Tapatalk 2
  4. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    I had a 4S until 2 months ago and it was silky smooth. I think I had it on iOS 6.0.1. My 5 is probably faster but I can't tell the difference to be honest. If there is any it's very minor to me. That's in regard to animations, button presses, etc. I don't play games with it.

    I would recommend upgrading your iOS and doing a fresh restore (not from backup). If you're not willing to lose your iOS then try reset (settings> general > reset > all content and settings)...see how that goes. It made my 3G faster right before I sold it in 2010.
  5. ep1cn00bt00b macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    Not very much difference on iOS 6. However, on iOS 7, my 4S is horribly laggy, whereas it is not on an iPhone 5.
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    It happens w/ all iPhones, just restore as NEW without backup if you want it fresh as it can be. :cool:
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I thought the 4S was fast until I got a 5. There was a noticeable improvement in every way. The extra RAM really helps.
  8. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    Same here plus I think the iPhone 5 has much less problems than the 4S. My sister got 2 replacements and I have never needed one since last Chanukah.
  9. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
  10. jread macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Austin, TX
  11. blkjedi954 macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2012
    It's a Game changer for gamers!

    I have the 4S and the Misses has the iPhone 5, she plays zero games where as I have 64gb on the 4S and only 2.1GB free. I play all the graphics intensive games, like NOVA 3, MC4, Real Racing 3, Wild Blood, Mass Effect, Amazing Spider-man, Dead Space, Back Stab, etc... I have all the console quality type games and the 4S handles most of them like a champ. Exceptions are Amazing Spider-man, The Dark Knight Returns, NOVA 3 and MC4 which show some slowdown. These titles have been optimized for the iPhone 5 and are silky smooth. The 4S handles all other titles with ease but the large open-world style games such as NOVA 3 and Amazing Spider-man, especially Amazing Spider-man suffers from frame rate drop and it really struggles at times.
  12. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
    It is not such a big difference, a friend of mine is still using his 4s and It is running quite well :rolleyes:
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I restore as new about every 6 months and this seems to help quite a bit. Its not the my 4S gets slow it just becomes unresponsive.

    It seems to get worse if I'm in large group messages. But clearing them not doesn't make much difference.
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You can't blanket statement something like this. The 4S has not had as many reported issues as the 5. They have all had their share of issues for sure though and they're really compounded by these forums.

    That being said, the 4S is fantastic and fast but there is indeed a noticeable difference between the speed of the 4S and the 5. I know someone rocking the 3 and finds no need to get another. If you're not doing much more than surfing (light), e-mail and messages, then even the 4S's speed could be wasted on you.

    When my 4S started to become unresponsive, I noticed it was basically full. I reorganized my apps, music, etc, and it has been great ever since.
  15. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Yes. But you would also get a similarly large speed improvement by just reloading your OS and starting fresh. Another thing to do is turn off many of the things spotlight indexes.

    You can find canned benchmarks that show huge improvements in 4S vs. 5. But in real apps, Mail, Messages, Instagram, Tapatalk, there is little perceivable difference.
  16. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    The differences are quite obvious. iPhone 5 is the better performer in day to day use.
  17. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    One day you will have kids and all of this will stop.
  18. rrcompton macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    I didn't notice a huge difference.

    Half of the time it was bumping back to 4g instead of LTE and apps / games loaded the same for me. I didn't noticed anything significant.

    I returned it and am back w/ my 4s.
  19. waa1futs macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012

    Not unless you feel apps / web pages loading 0.2 seconds faster is a "dramatic improvement."

    Suck it up and restore your iPhone 4S if you want it to run like new again.
  20. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    OP, just do what above poster suggest and you will see a difference.
  21. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    If you have them side by said you will notice. If not, you likely will not. It's as simple as that.
  22. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    I had the same problem, as time went on I found myself respringing once a day just to speed it up again, in the end I say the heck with it and went back to stock, now its fast all the time again.

    I am a firm believer there was a RAM leak somewhere
  23. exynos-octa macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    Yes actually, the improvements are notable. When you go back to the 4/4S era it really does shock you.

    But it improves where it counts. Like games can handle much better, music processes faster, pictures load faster, and videos buffer faster.

    It processes a lot faster.
  24. waa1futs macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    How much faster?

    Lets say we both press play on a YouTube video... how many more seconds would the 5 load the video than the 4s? 1-3 seconds faster at most?

    To me that's not a huge deal. Even if I upgrade to the 5s and its 1-3 seconds faster than the 5 it won't be a big deal either.
  25. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    None of those things matter to me, all I care about is how fast it responds/processes requests and buttons pressed and how quickly it launches/loads apps. How on earth can you say pictures videos and games are of prime importance??

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