Is using iOS 7 on iPhone 4 too slow?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Flac, May 12, 2015.

  1. Flac macrumors regular

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    I've seen iOS 7 running on an iPhone 4 and it was incredibly slow. Does anyone know how this can be fixed? Will jailbreaking fix that?

    Does anyone else have experience with running iOS 7 on an iPhone 4?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Some jailbreak tweaks might help with some animations and the like. Even without jailbreaking if you reduce motion and reduce transparence in the accessibility settings that can help some as well.
     
  3. white4s Suspended

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    by upgrading to a newer iphone

    seriously though the 4 is just too outdated for ios7
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Too bad Apple decided to release iOS 7 for the 4.
     
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

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    The performance isn’t as terrible if you’re running the latest version (7.1.2). The iPhone 4 benefitted immensely from the 7.1 update. I don’t think a jailbreak will necessarily help.
     
  6. Flac thread starter macrumors regular

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    So wouldn't the iPhone be updated with the latest version 7.1.2 if you try to country unlock it because you would have to restore the phone in the process?
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need to restore as part of the unlock procedure anymore as I recall.
     
  8. Flac thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you unlock it without restoring it?
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    When the request to unlock it is processed the phone is unlocked (the unlock isn't on the phone itself really, it's on the server/backend side of things essentially).
     
  10. Flac thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you ask for request to unlock?
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There are different possibilities. Usually contacting the carrier to which the phone is locked is the first/main way of doing it. There are also some paid third party services that can do it as well as I recall.
     
  12. white4s Suspended

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    bad move
     
  13. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    I run iOS 7.1.2 on an iPhone 4. Yes, so laggy, so slow. However not so slow that you want to throw it, just need to wait longer. System integrated apps works fine.

    To be honest, the choice to install iOS 7.1.2 is up to individuals. I think it's great because I can use all latest features and many third party apps.
     
  14. Flac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Like which apps and features?
     
  15. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    For example, the notification centre, control centre, and activation lock.

    And I like all flat design, simple, but clear.

    The only thing that matters now, is the performance.
     
  16. oldmacs, May 17, 2015
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    iOS 7 is fine on an iPhone 4. Sure animations are a bit jerky, but 7.1.2 performs well enough for what was a 3 year old phone.

    I have mupliple family members on iPhone 4's and I was on an iPhone 4 between April 2013 and May 2014 - I was very happy it got iOS 7 so I was able to continue using the latest apps, and I was not left stranded on iOS 6 which quickly became outdated security wise and in terms of look. The trade off in speed I felt was worth it.

    With the iPhone 4, make sure to do a settings reset, turn off unneeded location services, background app refresh etc.

    Turning off transparency and animations can help but they sure make iOS 7 look a bit ugly!
     
  17. Flac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will updating to iOS 7 make flipping pages on iBook slower?

    One of the things that ruined my life when I updated the original iOS to a newer version (I don't remember which one it was) was that it drastically slowed down the page flipping, which made reading on iBooks such an unpleasant experience so that I dropped off reading on that app altogether and started reading on lighter apps like Stanza.

    But now on 5.1.1 (don't remember if it's the same update that slowed down page flipping on iBooks) it doesn't seem to be slow. I wonder what happened that made it now slow. Only the initial opening of the app is slow but not the page turning.

    Anyhow I am afraid the slowing down of the page turning that may happen if I upgrade to iOS 7 would be enough that I will give up reading on iBooks again...
     
  18. white4s Suspended

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    incorrect, the 4 came out 5 years ago next month
     
  19. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Notice I said what was :p I was talking about 7.1.2, but I've realised that when 7.1 came out it was actually a 3.5 year old phone. I meant to say that " The 4 performed well for a 3.5 year old phone, when I was using it when 7.1 came out".
     
  20. white4s Suspended

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    gotcha
     

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