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

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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Re: "using the phone isn't unbearable"
by Froyton on Tue 11th Mar 2014 12:39 UTC
Froyton
Member since:
2013-08-29

Was it a risk that iPhone 4 owners would be groaning and saying to themselves "wow, this phone is just completely unbearable... if ONLY I could get iOS 7.1"? Don't get me wrong, iPhone 4 users should be excited to be getting the latest version of their OS, but this mentality that a phone is "unbearable" without the absolute latest just strikes me as odd. The iPhone 4 was leading-edge at one point, and I imagine it still does texting, calling, photo snapping, web browsing and playing games just fine on iOS 7.0. Of course, if there are actual bugs with 7.0 on the iPhone 4, then of course this entire paragraph is moot; otherwise, I remain baffled.

I mean, I don't feel like my Razr HD is a piece of garbage just because it's only dual-core, 1GB RAM and running Android 4.1 - I love it just as much as I did when I first bought it.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

but this mentality that a phone is "unbearable" without the absolute latest just strikes me as odd.


I think you misunderstand. The complaint isn't that the iPhone 4 isn't running the latest-and-greatest (Which it is), but that performance took a dive - the phone was once snappy under iOS 6.x, but became a stuttering mess with iOS 7. There was a significant performance penalty in the UI as well as app load time. The fact that you can't downgrade iOS makes things worse.

That irreversible peformance penalty is what makes it unbearable.

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Froyton Member since:
2013-08-29

Thanks. I was not aware of the issues, and I appreciate your explanation. I guess I should get in the habit of checking out the linked articles before commenting from now on.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

" but this mentality that a phone is "unbearable" without the absolute latest just strikes me as odd.


I think you misunderstand. The complaint isn't that the iPhone 4 isn't running the latest-and-greatest (Which it is), but that performance took a dive - the phone was once snappy under iOS 6.x, but became a stuttering mess with iOS 7. There was a significant performance penalty in the UI as well as app load time. The fact that you can't downgrade iOS makes things worse.

That irreversible peformance penalty is what makes it unbearable.
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Exactly! My iphone 4 was quick & snappy running ios 6.1.3, but as soon as I installed ios 7 it felt like it turned into a slow bogged down piece of crap. I actually emailed Apple to bitch about it, saying that ios 7 had turned my nice luxury Mercedes into a base model Kia. And further thanked them for not offering me any way to undo the DOWNGRADE.

I was waiting for ios 7.1 to see if I was going to buy a new non-Apple phone, or forgive Apple for the massive performance hit my iphone 4 took with ios 7 and continue to be an Apple user. Although initial reports are that ios 7.1 addresses the problem, I'm going to give it a minute and let more reviews come back.

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