Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2014 10:21 UTC

iOS 7 is unlikely to run better on the iPhone 4 than it does in iOS 7.1. That's not to say that the experience is great - even stepping up to an iPhone 4S would get you noticeable gains in performance and overall smoothness - but it's better than it was, and it's as good as it's going to get.

If you're sticking with the iPhone 4 for another year, iOS 7.1 makes performance tolerable enough that using the phone isn't unbearable.

Good news for iPhone 4 owners - and good on Apple for taking care of this demographic.

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I don't know, but an iOS device stuck on iOS 4 or earlier really needs to be replaced, if only for the battery.

Your apps will keep working. You can't update them if the newer version won't run on your iOS level. There should also be a backup in iTunes.

Personally I find it more annoying that new apps arrive that don't seem that special yet require the latest OS version. I had this with my first generation iPad and still have it with my WP 7.8 phone. Why not filter these apps from my appstore screen?

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