Tips for making the iPod Touch 4G faster?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Velokki, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Velokki macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    I love the iPod Touch 4G. It's compact and it used to be fast, too.

    However, firmware 5 and 6 have been abominations. Now I decided that it's time for a change. I primarily tried to downgrade the firmware to 4.0 to make the notification center and other unnecessary bloatware and undesirable features (such as the store button on the music menu) to go away. But since they've made downgrading impossible, the only thing left in my mind is jailbreaking and modding it.

    How would you go about making the iPod Touch 4G faster after firmware 6.0? Is jailbreaking the way to go? And if so, what specific mods/tweaks?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot!
  2. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Not much you can do with it other than upgrading to a Touch 5.
  3. Velokki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    Are hackers really this powerless to this?
    Business this unethical should be banned.
  4. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    You talk about hackers and unethical in the same statement :) ?

    Software is always limited by the hardware. The Touch 4 worked great years ago when it was sold. Now it's outdated and you need to upgrade your hardware.
  5. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    Get a new one. It's 4 years old at this point.
  6. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    It's a 2010 device with 256mb of RAM - How, exactly, are you going to make it faster?
  7. Velokki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    I understand your points. But the fact is, that iOS 6 is much slower than iOs 4. If I can't downgrade the firmware or even hack myself to it, well, that's unethical just there. Making a device slower without a possibility of going back. It's Apple's way of doing business to not give a choice to go back if the new firmware slows performance down. And don't you think for a second that they don't do it intentionally, I've studied business and know how companies bring their hardware lifecycles down. I think it's sickening that people just accept this as "the way it is".

    2. iPod Touch 4G is a powerful piece of hardware. Sure, newer hardware is faster, but it doesn't take away the fact that the 4g could easily run the core iPod experience with NO LAG whatsoever. In iOS4 we were much closer to this, but iOS 5 and 6 have just been performance and battery eaters. The whole iOS could be much more minimal without any transition animations, notification centers etc. For all I care, in my ideal iPod the whole apps section could be wiped. I would be happy if there was just the music app and it was always on. You might wanna keep all the features, and that's all good, but the point is: a lot could be optimized. And there's no reason at all why newer firmware should be heavier than earlier ones. It should be absolutely the opposite.
    See Android? KitKat is lighter than Jelly Bean. It's also faster and more minimalist. I remember when I bought my Galaxy S2. It was wicked fast back in the day, but quite fast new phones went by it. Still, it rocks a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor and a gig of RAM, and I thought to myself: "****, this is... powerful. Why would it have to be slow at all?". I then got a different launcher to the phone, deleted some bloatware and ta-diddlidy-da, here we were with no lag at all. Then KitKat came out, I installed it on my GS2 and now it's just as fast as some of the newer devices out there.

    The truth is, the basic building blocks of an OS don't require much to run, and I'd love to run an iPod Touch with all the unnecessary performance-drainers taken out. I figured hackers would've done it a million times, but is the community really such that accepts the garbage that Apple does with their firmware updates and sees buying new hardware the only option? I mean, it's a piece of powerful hardware with some software on it. Can't I just have nice, swift software on it?
  8. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    iOS isn't very modular. It's all together and interdependent. Trying to disable one part will cause another part to fail in a loop resulting in a slow down.
  9. excommie macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    Ipod Touch 4th gen is pretty slow - I only use it for music at this point, hooked up permanently in the card.
  10. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    As others have said, downgrading without your SHSH's isn't possible.

    I downgraded from iOS 6 myself to 4.2.1 (I've got blobs for every firmware) and it's great and how it should be. I then sold it. Here's a quick reference of speed for those who never used one on iOS 4.

    I've since moved to an iPod classic and an iPod video that I'm modding with a CF card and new faceplate (white on black click wheel). The classic is great for holding everything I need, and the CF mod is helpful with speed and durability.

    Since I don't need any apps (have an iPhone) the classic iPod is great. If you don't need tons of storage, I'd look to the nano. At least they don't get slowed down with iOS updates...

    But it is a real shame this had to happen. It's much less noticeable with the current dual core devices out there. I just downgraded an iPod touch 2G and iPhone 3G from 4.2.1 to 3.1.3 and they both have improved tremendously, though I had to go find older versions of apps to work with it. Apple really should allow downgrades.

    Heck, with a Mac, just run the OS X installer and you're good. I deal with older MacBooks and take them from Lion to Snow Leopard all the time.
  11. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Even if the IOS 6 support the device. New Apps and games don't support its hardware anymore, maybe stock apps like video/music should pretty much work fine and thats all u should use it for.

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