iOS 7 on iPhone 4

MagicHAM

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So now I am starting to get torn. The slowness of text entry in Safari, in turning on from standby, and in other areas is starting to niggle.

This *feels* much slower than iOS6, and is starting to frustrate me. I am contemplating reverting back to iOS 6 while it is still possible.

iOS 6 was also not perfect and I might be exaggerating the extent of the difference though. Does anyone have two iPhone 4s they can test side by side to compare performance?

That would be heroic!
I downgraded back to ios6.1.3 on my iPhone 4. I think the slowness today just annoyed me. I'm fast with everything i do with the phone and today it didn't really mesh with what I do with my phone, so back to iOS6.1.3 I went. Personally it works very well on the ipad 4, but not the iPhone 4. I guess the phone upgrade will be inevitable later this year.
 

JanZmus

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Ok now this is kind of strange. Most of the people are saying that iOS7 GM is running smooth on an iPhone 4. I can not agree with that at all. My iPhone 4 is running awful. Sliding between home screens is like a slideshow. It feels like 10 fps... even the unlocking animation. iOS 6 felt like 40 fps. I feel like on an older Android devices. It is so laggy that I cannot believe other people are saying it is smooth so there MUST be something wrong with my settings, my Phone or something else. I don´t have iCloud running, I disabled the background processes I restarted the device... nothing changed. I have enough space on my phone. I just don´t understand this...
 

MagicHAM

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I think Apple's biggest mistake was enabling iOS7 running on the iPhone 4 when they possibly knew that it would be laggy and problematic.

Initially it was running fine. :) but today after making calls, doing emailing, texting, and more random browsing searches, it just didn't feel responsive enough for me. I put it under the usual hammer that I do everyday with this phone and if this is the performance that Apple want to have on the iPhone 4, then they seriously have a major issue.
 

Dino F

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...hmm - definitely seems weird how some people are reporting laggy phones and others are not?!

My OH has an iPhone 4 so will keep an eye on this thread - the last thing I wanna do, come next week, is tell her to update to iOS7 and then it slows her phone down!!
 

MagicHAM

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It's possible I may be doing something wrong with my phone with the way it was lagging, but I think it should be optional that you have the animations on by default.

The thing is it's not slow as per say, it's more just lagging behind you after you set it to do stuff.
 

watchthisspace

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I think Apple's biggest mistake was enabling iOS7 running on the iPhone 4 when they possibly knew that it would be laggy and problematic.
There could always be an ulterior motive that by releasing iOS:7 to the iPhone 4 and having it being just, just laggy enough to tick some people off that it would get the person to think, "Right, time for a new iPhone" and go upgrade.

Better get my tin foil hat :p
 

JanZmus

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Let me make this clear: Apps don´t run laggy or slower, only the springboard! That means the home screens, notification center, control center, unlock screen and so on.
 

Ashin

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Those complaining how exactly did you install iOS7...?

Upgrade, Restore, or DFU restore?
 

scrmtrey

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My GF updated her iPhone 4 and she said that ios7 gm is running mostly the same as ios 6.1.3.

Maybe ios7 GM is lagging with some users cause they have ton of garbage on it. I went from beta 1 through GM and the diference with beta 6 and GM is obvious, much faster and smoother.

Maybe i will post some video to show you how is working ios7gm on my i4. I did the fresh restore, so no backup from icloud or something similar.
 

watchthisspace

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Let me make this clear: Apps don´t run laggy or slower, only the springboard! That means the home screens, notification center, control center, unlock screen and so on.
Your iPhone could be caching information. But it may be worth restoring again and then once you've got the iPhone set up. Give it a day or two to see if things improve.

For me, things like unlocking, notifications centre, control centre, switching between home screens and pulling down the search all don't have a 'buttery' smooth animation, but they're certainly not acting how you describe :(

I will note that pulling down search is laggy the first time I pull it down, but repeatedly it smoothes out.


My GF updated her iPhone 4 and she said that ios7 gm is running mostly the same as ios 6.1.3.

Maybe ios7 GM is lagging with some users cause they have ton of garbage on it. I went from beta 1 through GM and the diference with beta 6 and GM is obvious, much faster and smoother.

Maybe i will post some video to show you how is working ios7gm on my i4. I did the fresh restore, so no backup from icloud or something similar.
If you can post a video, please do! I would, but the only camera/video recorder I have is my iPhone.
 

JanZmus

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Those complaining how exactly did you install iOS7...?

Upgrade, Restore, or DFU restore?
I did a backup via iTunes 11.0.5, downloaded the GM from the apple developer page. Then I did the update via "restore phone" in iTunes by selecting the firmware from disk. Finally downloaded iTunes 11.1 beta to restore the backup.
 

Ashin

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I did a backup via iTunes 11.0.5, downloaded the GM from the apple developer page. Then I did the update via "restore phone" in iTunes by selecting the firmware from disk. Finally downloaded iTunes 11.1 beta to restore the backup.
Same here - only I used iCloud restore... and did it via DFU in iTunes.

The only lag I notice is homescreen swiping occasionally - seems to drop in FPS... and is noticeable if you keep your finger down and keep going back and forth (obviously this is an unnatural test).

Not sure if it is annoying enough to warrant going back to iOS6 though... everything else is smooth
 

iAd4m

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I've been running the GM on my iphone 4 for 2 days now and I'm generally happy. It's smooth and perfectly usable. Battery life seems to be the same as before.
I was previously running a jailbroken 6.1.2 and though I miss a couple of tweaks, I see no reason to go back to it.

My installation method was:
Backup my 6.1.2 with itunes ---> Restore phone to 6.1.3 and use my backup to get all my stuff back on the phone ---> Reset all setting ---> update to ios7 GM and reset all settings
 
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!GS51!

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I just cant see the smoothness you guys are talking about, i cant. Its slow the animations stutter like crazy, what i did was install 6.1.3 as new and restore backup, updated to iOS 7 and still some of you might consider it smooth but no its not. Compare it to iPhone 4S i will not say 5 just 4S ( i know the hardware difference but iOS 6 on 4S was not that much faster than on the 4) the 4S runs iOS 7 like 4x better. Thats just my opinion and for now im going back to 6.1.3
 

CaptainFS

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Let me make this clear: Apps don´t run laggy or slower, only the springboard! That means the home screens, notification center, control center, unlock screen and so on.
I second that, running an iPhone4 on 6.1.3 and one on GM: starting apps isn't any slower on ios7. Sometimes ios7 wins by a tenth of a second, sometimes ios6. I blame the caching for that.
It's only the interface (aka springboard) that feels slow and laggy.
 

miguelmarques

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Installed IOS 7 yesterday and so far so good. There's a noticeable improvement in overall speed of native apps (safari, mail…) and everything is more pleasant to use, the new features and options on iOS 7 makes the upgrade experience worth it. Even though if some fancy GUI are not available for iPhone 4 users, but I really don't care for those.

It is slow for iPhone 4S or 5 users but for those who are used the low speed of the iPhone 4 should see an improvement with iOS 7. I find it a bit ugly though, mostly all those third party apps icons just look damn ugly in iOS 7.

If only the iPad version was this good/stable...
 

danb77

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I found Safari good and bad. Scrolling and zooming and screen rotations are absolutely flawless, better than iOS 6. But clicking on the "Tabs" button was very slow, took almost a second to respond! The tabs button responds instantly in iOS 6. As discussed above, the address omnibar is also very slow.

All of these things seem improvable to me (there is no reason at all that a button cannot respond instantly on an iPhone 4!), so I am optimistic for future versions.

One question, on another thread it was reported that turning "increase contrast" on improved responsiveness. It made no difference to me. How have others found this?
 

DJLC

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I'm loving GM on my iPhone 4. No complaints here. I've used it since Beta 1, and the improvements in both the look and the performance on the 4 has gotten better with every release. I was amazed at how much B6 to GM improved things for me. Sure, it looks a lot better on a 4S or better, but this is enough to make me not hate my 4 while I wait to get a 5S.

For reference, I did a restore of GM and then restored from iCloud backup. Smooth sailing and no trouble there, aside from the "You need iTunes 11.1" error.
 

rontheancient

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Those complaining how exactly did you install iOS7...?

Upgrade, Restore, or DFU restore?
+1

I performed a restore for the initial upgrade and noticed my 4 was running horribly slow. A home button calibration made it slightly better.

Later the same evening, I did a DFU restore + home button calibration and there was a considerable performance improvement.
 

DariusX

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+1

I performed a restore for the initial upgrade and noticed my 4 was running horribly slow. A home button calibration made it slightly better.

Later the same evening, I did a DFU restore + home button calibration and there was a considerable performance improvement.
There is no such thing as a "home button calibration"
 

mRta03

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I went from 6.1.3 to 7 straight ahead and I can't seem to find this GM version slow. And I use a lot the iPhone. The only complaint I have (and it's being discussed on other thread) is the battery issues, but I've been using the iPhone a lot last hours to see how it behaves with this version. Apart from that, I really love this iOS and don't find it that "slow". Yes, some animations seem slower, but I guess Apple may improve them with time.

Makes me wonder how good it must look on the iPhone 5S.... :cool:
 

Ashin

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Anyone else homescreen has lags?

This was a problem in beta... I refuse to believe the iPhone 4 can't handle a homescreen...

I am going to assume it is buggy, and will be easily fixed
 

gomoq13

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Just wondering. Those of you who has iOS 7 GM on your iPhone 4, does 3D games such as Temple Run and Minion Rush experience a lot of lag too?