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

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:


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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  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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51 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

iGreat!!!

22. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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!

26. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

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

49. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

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

50. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 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

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

34. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

2. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

46. asun2

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

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

14. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

20. Tomatot

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

32. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

3. t_dawg

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 27, 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

5. akosidan24

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

have you tried to eject and bring back the sim ?

23. t_dawg

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

yeeup, and still no sign of a signal

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

12. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I cant even tell the difference its still slow lol

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

48. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

7. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems to me he's advertising as usual.

30. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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. :)

37. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

lol what? Excuse you.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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