iPhone 4 for Mom! iOS 5.1.1 keep or upgrade?

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  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

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    Hey,

    I am trying my mom out with an iphone 4. she is 3 years old!!! I am excited to be able to video conference with her...


    The iphone 4 currently is running ios 5.1.1. Should i upgrade it to the current ios 7.x?

    How does 7.x run on the iphone 4???

    thanks,

    Richard
     
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    Your mom is 3 years old? What are you, 1??

    Anyway, it should be fine if you upgrade it.
     
  3. teamjaycub macrumors 6502

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    If you guys don't have any interest in jailbreaking, I'd suggest updating.
     
  4. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    73... she's 73. but either way quite a feat!
     
  5. cammyg123 macrumors regular

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    I think the most recent release, 7.0.4, would run just fine on the iPhone 4.

    My recommendation - update.
     
  6. RobertoG macrumors member

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    My sister complains on the slowness of her ip4 on ios 7. Perhaps someone in cl would want to trade a jb ip4 for a non-jb ip4s.
     
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  9. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    You should upgrade it. iOS 7 might not be as fast, but there is much more functionality. I've also found the latest update very stable. (I'm not using an iPhone 4 though)
     
  10. canuckle macrumors regular

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    My mom is 70, and has my old iPhone 4. It's running 7.0.4 with no issues. She loves the FaceTime.
     
  11. boobie12 macrumors 6502

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    Stay on 5.1.1, I feel it's a much easier learning curve for a 73 year old and there is not all that white present.
     
  12. Twimfy macrumors 6502a

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    I like iOS 7 but I'd recommend you find an ipsw of iOS 6 and make that as far as you go on the iPhone 4. It is a bit slow.
     
  13. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

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    She may be forced to update if you have wiped everything off of the phone, as many apps now require iOS 6 or above to fresh install.
     
  14. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Hm. Do you have an iOS device with a newer firmware? Maybe let her use iOS 5 for a while, get used to the interface, show her iOS 7 on one of your devices, then think about upgrading. Even though it changes the OS a lot, using iOS 7 is still the same general concept and UI as past versions of iOS, just with a different look and a lot of new features. I don't think iOS 7 will slow down her iPhone too much, especially since a lot of older people are used to doing things slowly. :p

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    Uh, it doesn't really work like that. Apple stop signing iOS 6 a long time ago, unless you happen to have shsh blobs for that device.
     
  15. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    It's funny because my mom calls it "the FaceTime" as well as "the Google"
     
  16. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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    This I was not aware of. Interesting.
     
  18. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Like the others said: Don't upgrade. If / when she decides she needs the newer stuff the decision can be made at that time. Conversely, be prepared to add a new word to her vocabulary: respring.
     
  19. foobi macrumors regular

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    Dont upgrade to iOS 7 on iPhone 4. She is never gonna play Candy Blast Mania. Lagging like ****.
     
  20. tooobe macrumors regular

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    I would wait for 7.1 to release (which it should soon). It made my iDevices a lot faster, and from what I have read it runs a lot better on the iPhone 4 as well (better than 7.0.4).
     
  21. hallidc macrumors 6502

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    I would refrain from updating to iOS 7. My sister updated her iPhone 4 and iOS7 made the phone seem rather laggy and choppy.
     
  22. canuckle macrumors regular

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    Lol glad someone picked up on that.
     
  23. JackSpearo macrumors regular

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    for her age, don't upgrade, she won't be missing anything and it will be A LOT faster if you don't upgrade.
     
  24. Camoxide macrumors regular

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    Would put iOS 6 on it if you can.

    A lot of apps dont or won't support iOS 5.
     
  25. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Well, most people will click "accept" blindly, so she will click the update button when it's presented to her.

    Depending on your mom's ability to learn, it might be better to just update so she doesn't have to learn two different versions of os.
     

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