Will iPhone 4 have support for iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by TrenttonY, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. FotoDirk macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Nobody knows that at this moment. I doubt Apple knows this already.
    This will dependent on the feature set in iOS7 and weather the older phone can support that without a problem.

    Normally since the 3GS still support iOS6 you can expect that the 4 will still support iOS7 and the 3GS is dropped from the list of supported devices. But it will depend on how well the HW will handle the newer OS version.

    Please note even in the event that your older iPhone supports the newer iOS, there will likely be features in the newer version that are not supported. For instance Siri is not supported by all older models or the panorama-function for the camera.
  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    People who didn't get Siri aren't missing much
  3. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Yes. It's still being sold as a new device.

    3GS most likely will not.
  4. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Highly unlikely
  5. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    If 3GS got iOS6 then I am sure 4 will get iOS7.
  6. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    If history is any indicator then yes. You won't get all the bells and whistles but it should get it unless they do something radical with the OS. Your phone will still work and so will apps even if it doesn't. Developers are just now starting to require 5 for updates.
  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Yes, but not for any of the cool stuff that makes 7 ...well... 7
  8. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I think it will. Maybe even up to iOS 8, but with less and less features with each release. By the time iOS 8 comes out, I'm upgrading my iPhone 4 anyways.
  9. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Highly likely that it will, but just not every new feature will work on the 4.


    I use Siri often, to play music and send text, i can see that it might not be very useful if it has trouble understanding you. I love being able to ask her to play a specific artist and within seconds it does just that. I do wish the Siri screen would then close to reveal the music player.
  10. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    IOS 7 will be released on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S???, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5.
  11. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    No iPad 3 and no iPad 2?!

  12. johnstanley macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2012
    I'm sure it will get it, but probably not iOS 8. Apple is funny with how long they will wait to stop supporting a device. Usually a couple of years after warranty has run out on the last model sold.

    Also I doubt iOS 7 will be a major upgrade and include any new features (like Siri) and won't require a vastly faster processor.
  13. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    The iPad 3 is no longer being produced. Sorry the iPad 2 will receive IOS 7. Most often products that are discontinued do not see updates.
  14. Gunny011 macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    The iPad 3 will definitely receieve IOS 7.

    If history is to be followed the iPad 2 will not receive IOS 7 as it has already had 2 'major releases' of new software, similar to the orginal iPad. Then again the iPad 2 has moreorless the same internals as the iPad Mini and the mini will obviously receieve IOS 7.
  15. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I think that A5 devices will receive the new OS in some/all capacity (depending on device) and the A4 will receive a very limited version (depending on what it is).
  16. errant macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2012

    by the time iOS 7 comes about, the iPhone 4 probably won't be sold as a new device any longer. 4S will probably be as far back as it goes.

    but I imagine the 4 will still get MOST features of iOS 7, since at the moment it currently is being sold as new and will be right up until the debut of the next iPhone, same as how 3GS gets most of the iOS 6 features, even if it does struggle under the weight of it.
  17. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    It all depends on how much or how little they improve iOS7. If the past is any indication, there's no reason it won't run on iPhone 4.

    Of course, there will be things left out, but the idea is to get you to upgrade.
  18. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The single core processor and the graphics chip will probably hinder iOS 7 from running smoothly but if the 3GS is any indication of things to come, the iPhone 4 will get iOS 7.
  19. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    I dont think so.

    The iPhone 4 has iOS 4, 5, and 6.

    Apple caps off supporting a device after 3 OS updates (the only exception is the 3GS which has 4)

    Plus the iPhone 4 will be dropped this year as the iPhone 4S will take its place, the iPhone 5 will move down as the iPhone 5S become the new phone. Also with rumors surrounding a less expensive iPhone, I think Apple will not support the iPhone 4.
  20. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    Actually Apple used to stop supporting after 2 major updates, but they stopped doing so with the 3GS and the 4 after they moved to tiered models. Also, as others have already pointed out, the 3GS received iOS 6 despite Apple ceasing sales.
  21. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Hmm, I thought Apple was still selling the iPhone 3GS when they announced iOS 6 during WWDC in June.

    But thanks for clearing it up.
  22. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I would say with 75% certainty that it will have iOS 7 (albeit with capabilities removed). That is the current trend.

    You are ludicrous if you think the iPad 2 will get iOS 7, but the iPad 3 will not.... I understand that the 3 is no longer being sold, but it is still a "newer" device.

    You are right it was. I think what that poster was getting at was that the day iOS 6 was actually released the 3GS had stopped being sold. It was virtually at the same time. I don't think a 3GS was ever shipped with iOS 6 preinstalled. That's what he meant.
  23. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    It will, but the feature set will likely be limited, like iOS6 was with the 3GS.
  24. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    IOS6 for 3GS was literally just an upgrade in nothing but name only. People lost google maps and youtube, for apple maps, shared photo stream, do not disturb and call-decline.

    I suspect it may be the same for iphone4. Notice how it is the last phone to use a single core-processor? If you want an OS that takes full advantage of those 2 chores, then the iPhone4 will have to be sacrificed. They will likely still get a few scraps here and there, but probably none of IOS7's key selling points (whatever they may be).

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