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How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7

How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7
So, you have an iPhone 4s, an iPhone 4, or maybe an A5-powered iPad, such as the iPad 2 or the first-gen iPad mini? Well, in this case, you've probably found out that the fresh, new iOS 7 experience by Apple has caused the performance of your iDevice to no longer be as buttery smooth as it used to be. With iOS 7, Apple has implemented some neat visual tricks, like the ubiquitous blur effect that can be seen every time when something pops up in front of something else. Sadly, though, it appears that as cool as these graphical goodies are, they are causing the frame-rate to drop unpleasantly with some of Apple's older smartphones and tablets. What makes this issue potentially experience-spoiling is that it can actually make some completely ordinary apps, such as Messaging, seem somewhat laggy and slowish.

How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7
But fear not - there is a way to fix all of this, albeit through the sacrifice of some of these visual enhancements that came with iOS 7. Here are the very simple steps that you need to follow in order to improve the performance (and even battery life) of your iPhone 4s, 4, iPad 2 or iPad mini with iOS 7:

1. Open the Settings app;

2. Go to General;

3. Go to Accessibility;

4. Enter the Increase Contrast field and enable it - this will get rid of the blur effects;

5. Go back, then enter the Reduce Motion field and enable it - this will get rid of the parallax effect;

6. Hit the home button and enjoy a faster, smoother experience with iOS 7!


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posted on 12 Nov 2013, 02:55 8

1. t_dawg (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Worked for me! Much better now, was worried that I had to go and spend $800 on a new one

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:58 18

20. mturby (Posts: 247; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7? ---buy an android.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:26 4

24. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Amen!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:50

30. bucky (Posts: 1500; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I think you misread, he is looking for an improvement

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:04 2

40. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Ah yea, he was being too specific, I think he meant get anything from 2010+ that is not an Apple product.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:22 5

47. toondewachter (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I needed an improvement of performance of my Android. So I bought an iPhone. No regrets!

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 15:56

79. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


wp8 is faster

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:10 6

2. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


This actually makes a huge difference. My 4S was a little laggy, but not anymore. The flow in and out of apps is so much smoother now, Well done, PA.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:08 2

42. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


That is all artificial as hell. You are telling me that these phones can run full 3d games with all those fancy effects but they can't do a few transition animations between 2 static pictures...And that you have to shut it off to make it do about the same animations with about the same static images without frame skips....seriously...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:35 2

49. blingblingthing (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Who would have thought, adding android features on low hardware would show things down?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:51

63. SairS (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Happy to hear that it worked. I tried this and I even tried turning off Documents and data in icloud. This trick helped with motion sickness. but Iam still having issues if I have more apps..

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:12 9

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Apple supports the iphone 4 and 4s.. fandroids are shaking their heads in disbelief... is not all the features but some is better then none.... take that Nexus...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:19 20

5. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nobody is shaking anything. You have to turn off the only original new features that weren't copied off someone else. Add in the fact that each generation back you're already losing features that they don't include by default, and you're left with the same phone you had before the update, essentially .

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 07:02 8

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

So to get better performance on older iPhones....you have to make iOS 7 a lil more like 6 or 5.

What is there to shake heads at?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:10

43. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


When you can removed the carrier bloatware that default should not be there then you can be a critic… other wise and unless you are not in the US ..well you guys have other issues like the Play Store not reaching every country the sells Android, that by default should… I can keep going on how Android is ripping their customer by not having default settings…

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:40 18

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


THE ANDROID COMMUNITY - comprised of dozens of linux gods on xda - which is infinitely more powerful than any OEM or manufacturer - supports devices as old as the Nexus one!!

I find your excessive ignorance disturbing.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:12 5

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I find your devotion to Android.... disturbing... for the record .. you rely on a 3rd party developers as your own will operating system will not..

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:53

50. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol what up g-king good to see you on here putting some in their place.

he brags about linux gods to keep a phone powerful when it should be that way out of the box.

got 16 likes tho so i guess people agree

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:05 1

54. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yes I do. Because their devotion is not driven by economic considerations but by their love of the platform and it's possibilities.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:44

57. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


aww you almost made me a believer

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:47 2

60. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You almost caused me to forget that you don't really have any actual arguments vs my original reply.

Community support >>> OEM support when it comes to open-source software. Always was, always will be.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:17

64. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thje thing here is illia is that nothing I do or say or how many facts I present to you.. will make you change your mind.. and viceversa so all you have presented is your own opinion on a praise on third party developers to keep your phone running intact... good for you and good for me that we both happy with our phones..right... and last community support do not include parts as Apple does to my iphone, I get all from Apple can't say the same

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:49 2

61. SairS (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


What do you mean by 3rd party developers. Developer is a developer .. In that case all ur apps are not published by apple.They are built by other parties. And please dont again support ios 7.. kitkat is released to run on 512 MB rams and ios 7 OMG I threw off my iphone 4 and I am surprised that apple is not even signing ios 6 . Is that a stragegy or ripping of?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:20 1

65. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


The updates you get, do not come from Google or the carrier, you have to download outside of the Playstore making it a 3rd party,and honestly Android does not care about your 11\2 phone, so just run off to those developers and get your phone up to date..

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:44 9

7. taikucing (unregistered)


Android Gingerbread is enough to destroy the sh*tty iOS 7, 8, 9, ....

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:01 2

22. sniper1087 (Posts: 378; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Gingerbread? Are you kidding? That was just garbage it didnt get any better until ics.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 04:55 4

11. TheOldOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I'll give you that.

...a non so happy Nexus 3 owner :(

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:05 2

15. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I have a Gnex and I assume the official suport from Apple is way better than Google, luckly we have a lot of developers that helps us to have newer versions of android without relying on Google or another OEM, but of course, being officially suported is always better, for that I congrats Apple

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:05

23. sniper1087 (Posts: 378; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


It is true but apple has one thing for sure, the day they release the update it hits all the devices, even on the nexus end only the latest will get it, and then a couple of weeks/months the next device that was released within 18 months, nothing beyond 18 months. Which would mean the gnexus wouldnt get kit kat, of course you can always get a rom, so is ok but for some people that cant do that is a better option.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:40

26. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


That what I was talking about

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:22 1

29. infinitemethod (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


All the blame can't be put on Google alone. The carriers have a huge say in updates. take Verizon for example, they typically take forever to do an update for any device. Shame on Google for allowing the carriers to carry so much weight in the matter, however.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 11:30

33. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Although I was talking about carrier free nexus devices, I agree with you. Why Apple can send their updates directly to the users , but the Android OEMs can´t do that?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:19 4

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


gallitoking you are now placed besides mxy...

The two infamous Apple fanatics.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:55 1

51. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


he's the OG of this place man... him and Taco had a good run pissing android fanboys off... lol

mxy is a new age nuissance.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:15 2

28. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'd rather have no updates on a phone that's two years old than get updates that diminish the user experience and functionality. If Apple was all that, their updates wouldn't cause performance issues. Updates should improve your phone, not bog it down to the point you have to disable the features they added.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:52

31. bucky (Posts: 1500; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Well then, you certainly chose the right OS to not worry about that.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 12:00 2

35. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Absolutely, and my phone runs awesome the way it is. I used to get slightly upset about slow updates until I realized my phone does far more than I need it to and runs great the way it is, even if it's one iteration behind the newest version.

On the flip side, if I bought a phone from a company that preaches "it just works" and their newest update makes the phone worse, I'd be ticked.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:17 4

4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 May 2011)


This worked....! My ipad 2 is much more fluid now.
Thank you PA!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:48 15

8. taikucing (unregistered)


How to improve iOS 7 in iPhone 4 & 4s:
1. Sell your iPhone 4 / 4s
2. Buy the newer iPhone.
3. Still lag & buggy? throw it to the wall or drop it from 10th floor or buy Goophone i5S for the 1/4 price

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 04:17 3

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Lol yep. Or any other Android phone. :)

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 03:49 6

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Lol at apple. Just lol. I didn't know that iOS has graphic settings now. I guess on iOS 9 you will have to turn off multitasking on the iphone 5 in order for that dual core 1ghz processor not to lag in 2015 LOL.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:18 1

45. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


2015. Android running on 10 cores and 4GB of ram and not being able to solve their lag issue... project butter was a fail.. as not all the phones that needed it got it... fandroids claim the Note 3 is future proof... let's talk in 8 months and your future proof device will not even have the latest Android version...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 14:10

52. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that's realistic. lol

17 core 96 bit processor 8GB of RAM 6.8 inch screen.

on a stale ass OS.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:36 1

55. ilia1986 (unregistered)


My SGS3 is 14 months old. And it was bought about 4 months after it was available world-wide. That makes it 18 months old.

4.3.1 SlimBean Build 2. ZERO lag. 4+ hours of on-screen time = awesome battery life. 5 launcher pages full with widgets + 6 popup widgets on a floating hyperbar shortcut thingy.

So yes - it is future proof. Especially when KitKat drops and my phone will become a friggin skyrocket.

2015: iOS introduces something revolutionary that was never done before: screens with HD 720p resolution, LOL.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:46

59. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you do realize is just a phone.. one drop and all that will not matter.. it might be future proof to you but not by Android.. keep praying onfdoes developers to keep your phone up to dat.. I dont worry about that Apple has me covered.. in every way.,..

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 15:51 1

62. ilia1986 (unregistered)


How exactly does physical damage is relevant to the subject here? Exactly. It isn't.

"it might be future proof to you but not by Android"

???

In addition - I don't need to pray. As long as my device is popular enough - and 30 million people say it is - it will always have numerous custom roms available for it with the latest Android version as long as it can run them well enough.

How good is the Rom I'm currently using? It fully supports even the original Galaxy S from 2010! That's Android 4.3.1 we're talking about here, without even the optimizations of KitKat.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:22

66. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


30 million agree with you.. I have 80 plus that agree with me

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 07:03 2

13. xfire99 (Posts: 540; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I got a tip to all IP4/S users, that want to get a new IP4/S phone if still within warranty period.
Just put WiFi on all the time, dl or whatever doing, keep wifi going and the wifi antenna/module will get fried by iOS 7. So if got a old IP4/S with scratches all over the screen or whatever, Apple will exchange it with brand new IP4/S anyway, since its known problem and Apple just keep quiet about it. (like usual)
How is it possible? iOS7 fry the WiFi antenna? Well, Google is u friend! :)

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 07:37 6

14. jb4674 (Posts: 140; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


What's the point of upgrading to that POS release if the user is going to have to adjust his/her device just to make sure the upgrade doesn't slow said device to a crawl?

FAIL.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:08 2

16. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


The point is that you get a lot of other stuff that don´t slow the (2010)device, don´t be such a fandroid, now, imagine Google suportting devices that ware made in 2010...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:22 1

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Google could support older hardware if they followed Apple's approach and gave older hardware the latest OS update by removing some features.

Ever since iOS 4 or 5, older iPhones got the latest update with features removed. Google does an all or nothing approach. Its supposed to be addressed with Kit Kat, we will see what that means for phones like the Nexus One.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:18

46. toondewachter (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


You say Kitkat is to address that, but ironically Google doesn't support the Galaxy Nexus anymore, a very capable device however...

I used to love Android, but got sick of never getting any updates when they're relevant. I had to wait for more than half a year before some bugs on my Nexus 7 got addressed.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:25 1

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Ever heard about these things called custom rom? You know - these things which make your old device work faster, have better battery and remain relevant still?

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:38

25. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Yes, I´m getting the CM 11 as soon as it goes out for Gnex, but keep in mind that more than 90% of phone users will never do that, so they rely only on official support which in Google´s case is a @#$%

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 12:03

37. ilia1986 (unregistered)


So? 5 years ago 90% of mobile users had feature phones. Things change. Look where we are now.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:46

69. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


What are you talking about 5 years old? In case you don't know, iPhone 4(2010) is the years old

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:57

32. bucky (Posts: 1500; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Yes, that's the answer...spend cash then babysit the expensive piece of tech to make sure it works.

Although, the fact that you have the time and will to go through custom rom/kernels shows your age-in which case I understand.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:44 2

68. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


C'mon, flashing a ROM takes about 2 or 3 hours maybe less, you don't need to be young or have plenty of time to do that, you can find a lot of tutorials on Google of how to proceed

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:58

21. mturby (Posts: 247; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


How to improve performance of iPhone 4, 4s, iPad 2 and iPad mini with iOS 7?---buy an android.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:06 2

27. lolatfailphones (Posts: 152; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


What, is it so hard to own the latest iPhone in America? Heck I live in a developing country and own an iPhone 5. Everyone here's running around with flagships from Samsung, Apple and BB. These cheap a$$ people should spend their damn money if they want smoothness, the iPhone 4 is like 3 years old. Ever heard of eBay? You get allot of good flagships their at good price if that's your problem.

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