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The iPhone 4 is significantly faster under the latest iOS 7.1 update

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The iPhone 4 is significantly faster under the latest iOS 7.1 update
Back in June 2013, Apple introduced to the world the first major iOS redesign ever with a flatter, more modern look. Compared with iOS 6, iOS 7 is also way flashier, and it initially introduced a plethora of sweeping animations that have often been accused of trying to cover up load times, though sometimes they're just genuinely long. 

As annoying as those may have been for some, nothing quite compared to the considerable performance losses experienced by iPhone 4 users -- the oldest iPhone to receive the update. Considering the aged hardware, that wasn't too surprising, and yet it still put some pressure on Apple, otherwise known for polishing its products, to remedy the situation through optimization tweaks. As it turns out, iOS 7.1 achieves that goal, and the performance boost is significant as Ars Technica points out. The folks behind have been keeping a close watch on anything related to iOS 7 performance ever the new software came out, and the team is back with more.

So what kind of improvements are we talking about? Not CPU or GPU, that's for sure -- the hardware underneath is still the same -- but app load times have seen a notable trim. Check out the table that Ars compiled:

The iPhone 4 is significantly faster under the latest iOS 7.1 update

As you can see for yourself, load times have been significantly improved, and are now much closer to their pre-iOS 7 state. We have shortened animation times across the board to thank for these results, and this is about as good as the iPhone 4 is going to get, as Apple is dropping support for it in the next major update. 

source: Ars Technica 

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posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:13 7

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


iGreat!!!

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 08:13 7

22. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


You obviously haven't bothered to read through that table.
iOS 6 still TRUMPS the iOS 7 in speed.
You call that progress?

iPhoney!

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:25 5

26. Kishin (Posts: 705; Member since: 30 May 2013)


At least they updated..4 year old hardware..

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 23:23

49. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


You mean they've updated all 5 of their phones. Really great effort on Apple's part.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 01:51

50. blingblingthing (Posts: 537; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


@ kishin.
Is it really an upgrade when you remove the new features of the OS?

Reminds me of a BB OS6 theme I used on my 9630. Is wasn't OS6

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:39

28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I read everything and I'm not iPhoney. I just looked at the improvements especially in the table.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:07 1

34. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


If you want the newest features, that's the way it's going to be. You can't really complain about that. More features = more resources used = more stress on the hardware. In this case the end user needs to decide if the latest supported features or speed is more important to them.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:14 2

2. Bootutu (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


They should have just left it with iOS6, the phone is barely usable with iOS7, even 4S and 5 are struggling.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 04:50 10

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The 5 is NOT struggling on iOS 7. It's still butter smooth.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 20:00

46. asun2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


And I thought you were a fandroid... sorry...

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 05:48 4

14. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


My 4S still runs perfectly. I don't have any issues with it.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 07:01 5

20. Tomatot (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


4s doesn't run perfectly. it's OK but not perfect.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:56

32. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Maybe yours, but I haven't had a single issue with mine. It never lags, never drops, never freezes. I can only imagine the ones who have issues have used all available hard drive space. Mine's only half used so nothing is slowing it down.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 07:19 1

21. Finalflash (Posts: 3205; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol now that the main selling season is over, time to reverse the strong arming tactics until next time. Good to see Apple hasn't changed a bit since the iPhone 3g on 4.0 days.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:16

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


My iphone 4 is defenitly running faster. However, my phone keeps saying that there is no SIM card. I have updated it, turned it off several times and brought it to the Telus store and had them restore my phone and put a new one in. Anyone else had this issue? Might be time to upgrade

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:20

5. akosidan24 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


have you tried to eject and bring back the sim ?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 08:19

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


yeeup, and still no sign of a signal

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:19 1

4. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Finally an update worth doing. I'm gona download it now :D:D come back in a few hours with my thoughts.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 05:27 7

12. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I cant even tell the difference its still slow lol

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 05:59

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Updating the 4 that I have in my house in a few hours.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 21:26

48. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I have so much respect for the 4 tbh. A phone in that era that provided an amazing screen, very good phone camera, battery life that could last and most of all a ff camera that actually compares even with 2012 flagship devices from android haha.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:24

6. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


If you want to have your iPhone 4 run faster make sure you have at least 3 gb of memory left. Because maximizing your internal memory will have apps crashing and loading a bit long.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:38 2

7. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


It is still slower than iOS6 so what's the point?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 03:48 1

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


My friend's iphone 4 faster now, I guess she won't accept my offer to upgrade now :/

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 05:04 6

10. mixedfish (Posts: 1210; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


So for your friends deciding factor to upgrade her phone came down to loading on average .3-.5 seconds faster.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 05:29

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Seems to me he's advertising as usual.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:44

30. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"Updating the 4 that I have in my house in a few hours."
This right here is advertising

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:03

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's not advertising kid lol. That's me saying I'm going to update the phone and see if performance did improve, like darkskoliro mentioned.

You're trying too damn hard right now. Do you seriously want me to put you in your place again? No? Then sit down and stay quiet. Thanks. :)

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:38

37. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


lol what? Excuse you.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:41

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Didn't think so. Quit while you're ahead.

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