My iPhone 4 is slow!

KevinRightWing

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I have updated to the latest software. Would it be wise to downgrade to os5? I wasn't sure if that might bring some speed back. Thanks so much.
 

paulbennett95

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iOS5 is less resource demanding, so it would run better on an iPhone 4. Most people seem to complain about it being slow on iOS 6, but there are new APIs and whatnot with iOS 6 so you won't be able to use some newer or newly updated apps.

However, you may not be able to downgrade if you don't have your blobs saved. Make sure of that before trying anything, as it won't work if you just try to install a previous iOS version via iTunes.
 

TacticalDesire

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It's a side affect of having a 3 year old phone with 4 year old hardware running a new OS. Most of the people I know who still have one cringe whenever they have to unlock it.
 

Sparticu$

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My iPhone 4 is slow!

It's a side affect of having a 3 year old phone with 4 year old hardware running a new OS. Most of the people I know who still have one cringe whenever they have to unlock it.
I used to work in a mobile store and almost every iPhone 4 that came in lagged alot.
 

MrMacMack

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Explain more about what seems slow. Internet, using apps, navigating thru the sections on the device, etc.
 

Compile 'em all

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It is old hardware. Old hardware is slow. If you want to innovate in software has to push the boundaries of the hardware. This is expected and normal.
 

AQUADock

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Im sure most slow iphone 4s have a lot of used memory, a restore will fix this.
 

spyguy10709

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I have updated to the latest software. Would it be wise to downgrade to os5? I wasn't sure if that might bring some speed back. Thanks so much.
Everyone else in this thread is wrong. Restore your phone, and set it up as a new phone in itunes. That last part is critical, if you restore from your old backup, it will get just as sluggish.

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well the new OS version is too heavy for that old hardware, RAM is too small.
same RAM as a 4S, buddy.
 

MrMacMack

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My 3GS ran 6.1.3 fine. So it's not a hardware thing. We won't really know unless the OP adds more info.
 

TacticalDesire

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My 3GS ran 6.1.3 fine. So it's not a hardware thing. We won't really know unless the OP adds more info.
The 4 has the same graphics chip as the 3GS but it is also pushing 4x as many pixels. So that might have a factor. The gpu is working 4x as hard to display the same thing.
 

clauzzz203

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It also has higher frequency on the gpu (200 vs 150) and double the ram bandwidth (the gpu uses system ram)
 

MrMacMack

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I have updated to the latest software. Would it be wise to downgrade to os5? I wasn't sure if that might bring some speed back. Thanks so much.
Restoring to new via 6.1.3 will speed things up. This isn't an issue of your phone not being a lot to handle 6.1.3. It's an issue of what all you currently have installed and running.
 

SteveCarriere

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So the keynote is over and I still don't know if I should get a 5 right now or wait until fall for an update.
 

MrMacMack

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So the keynote is over and I still don't know if I should get a 5 right now or wait until fall for an update.
Based on history trends is it looking like iPhone 5S will be released this fall along with iOS 7.

My only regret is getting my iPhone 5 in black because I think white looks nicer with iOS 7.