Which iOS is best for iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by lebronfilms, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. lebronfilms macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I've been keeping my iPhone 4 up-to-date with the latest firmwares and not satisfied with it's sluggish performance.

    Can anyone recommend a iOS version to rollback to?
    Or a solution to make it run smoothly?

    Many thanks,
    LBF :)
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If the latest version of iOS 7 (7.1) isn't cutting it for you, and you really can go pretty much to any version iPhone 4 supports, your best bets are probably the latest update of iOS 6 (6.1.6 I believe, if they actually have that for iPhone 4) or perhaps even of iOS 5 (5.1.1 I think).
     
  3. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

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  4. Bossbhavesh macrumors newbie

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    As per Tim Cook:

    “…We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf."

    So yeah Apple has made the choice to not allow people to downgrade and force everyone to update to iOS 7 so that they have no fragmentation.
     
  5. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    iOS 4. iPhone 4s runs fastest with iOS 5, iPhone 5 runs fastest with iOS 6, and iPhone 5s runs fastest with iOS 7.
     
  6. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    You can't downgrade without previously having your iPhone jailbroken on an earlier version.
     
  7. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a

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  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    So far iPhone 5S doesn't run with anything at all aside from iOS 7. ;)
     
  9. dannyyankou, Mar 27, 2014
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    dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    I know, I was just making a point that when new software comes out, older hardware will use more resources and may run slower. So don't be surprised if the 5s is a bit slower on iOS 8 ;)
     
  10. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    I remember iOS 6 working perfectly fine on my 4S - nothing slowed down at all.
    It's when they started introducing all this transparency crap on iOS 7 that it began to bog it all down.
     
  11. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    ^^ This statement is confusing and misleading. In order to restore to non-signed previous firmware versions, the device owner must have complete SHSH saved for the version they wish to restore to.

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    It is not necessary to have had a firmware installed on your device to save it's SHSH. The only requirement was that the firmware must have been signed by Apple when the SHSH was saved.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Thus the "If … and you really can go pretty much to any version iPhone 4 supports …" part of it, as applicable to the OP.
     
  13. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    I saw the "if" as did everyone else, but reread your post.

    The iPhone 4 supports firmware from 4.0 to 7.1 - but because this is not a jailbreak forum, I doubt that more than a scant few who post here have the option to move to any version iPhone4 supports.
     
  14. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    I've found 7.1 quite decent on the 4s and the iPad mini. However, I won't be upgrading to 8 on these devices. Asking for trouble if you ask me.
     
  15. NiCk- macrumors regular

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    Well, as an iPhone 4 user since July 2010, my opinion is that iOS 7.1 is the best .. Sure, it's not the fastest one but the new features make up for the lack of speed .. For example, some things are even faster if you think about it .. With iOS4/5/6, I had to enter settings and then wi-fi in order to turn my wireless connection off/on .. Now, I just swipe up and control center pops up .. (this reminds me btw how much I want a 3G toggle switch in control center!)

    However, if you are mainly interested for performance per ce, I would say that iOS 4/5 were the best ones for iPhone 4 .. After iOS 6 the phone started showing noticeable lag ..
     

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