Would a new (refurbished) iPhone 4 run iOS 7 better than a used one?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by ttinc, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. ttinc macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2013
    My phone is beginning to just give up...it takes 20+ seconds to open up the messages app and load it sometimes, 5-8 seconds to process a response from touching the screen (selecting an option or something) and I will type a couple sentences, wait about 10 seconds and then it will write out the entire thing on its own like a ghost -- in a nutshell, it's becoming painfully unresponsive.

    If I fork over $150 for a replacement, do you guys think the performance will improve? I wish I could trade it up and pay some extra for a 4S.
  2. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    I wouldn't expect performance to improve. If restoring your phone doesn't fix performance issues don't expect a different phone of the same model to work any better.
  3. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    All you need to do is do a full restore and set up as a new phone.
  4. ttinc thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2013
    So I have to restore it to factory settings? If I restore it from a backup, it will still likely have performance issues?
  5. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    Your best bet is starting from scratch and setting it up as a new phone like the previous guy suggested. That's the best way to see if it's hardware or software performance issues.
  6. ttinc thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2013
    Okay, thanks I'll try that out. But I feel like I'd inevitably have to restore my phone from a back up anyways...text logs and pictures most importantly I guess -- is there any way to just restore those things onto the phone?
  7. viperGTS Suspended

    Nov 15, 2010
    I think it's definitely possible that a newer iPhone 4 will run iOS better than an older one. Couldn't the processor potentially degrade over time? It would be even worse if it was defective to begin with...

    Just a thought.
  8. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    The only positive about buying a new/refurbished phone is battery health. Battery health tends to decrease with old phones over time.
  9. clauzzz203 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    Would a new (refurbished) iPhone 4 run iOS 7 better than a used one?

    I will insert my standard macrumors topic response:


    Lol @ degrading processors
  10. ttinc, Oct 26, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013

    ttinc thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2013
    Ya, I don't know...it still has delay and computing incompetence. Then again it has always had some degree of it even with the previous iOS iterations, just now it is kind of ridiculous.

    Thanks for the suggestions, but I think I'm gonna need to find myself a 4S to hold me over for the next year at this point as I really don't care for the 5.

    Edit: I turned on "reduce motion" and "increase contrast" -- running much better now, albeit it looks like crap...but at least it works almost normally now.
  11. duron macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2011
    ce prosti sunteti voi astia straini cu minte de kkt si cu 2 clase,,, Of course you'll have **** performance,,,
  12. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    Performance no, battery yes.

    I would just restore as NEW, don't use backups to get it as fresh as possible.
  13. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    Stai calm ca nu intelege nimeni ce zici aici si plus ca tipu e newbie la iphone-uri.
  14. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    No, performance wont be better. May be some placebo effect. May be some extra performance from doing a fresh setup and restore.

    But CPU's don't age in a way that reduces computational speed.
  15. clauzzz203 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    Inteleg eu ma :)) of course he has to learn
  16. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The 4S is noticibly faster than the 4. It's at least twice as fast with a much better GPU.
  17. sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    If you really HAVE to restore your backup, then restore the device via iTunes and set up as new. Then restore your backup. Afterwards go to settings>general>reset> reset all settings. You will have to run back through setting up your settings like you want , reapply wallpaper, and re-join any wifi networks. Otherwise your data and apps will remain. Also you may want to consider a DFU restore. You can web search that for the process. That is a low level firmware restore. Then follow same steps above for restore backup and reset all settings. Either of those will refresh the OS and perhaps help with your issue. A refurb unit wont help and will be a waste of $$.( unless you have some underlying hardware issue which I doubt)

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