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  • Is iOS 7.1 a Worthy Upgrade for Non-jailbroken iPhone 4 Users?


    Yesterday, Apple released iOS 7.1 to the public. iOS 7.1 closes the evasi0n7 jailbreak, so it's advised that jailbreakers stay far away from iOS 7.1.

    On the other hand, if you're using the iPhone 4, Apple's oldest device that can still run the latest version of Apple's iOS 7 firmware, then iOS 7.1 might be a worthy upgrade. In the release notes for iOS 7.1, Apple noted that the update included "performance improvements for iPhone 4," and let me tell you... did it make a world of difference.

    Obviously, if you're jailbroken, and happily so, then you should still stay away. But if you're just not finding the jailbreak to be worth it, or you have no intentions of jailbreaking your iPhone 4 in the near future, then this is something to think about.

    I installed iOS 7.1 on my iPhone 4 this morning; not yesterday, because the download was taking way too long thanks to all the people downloading the update yesterday. Immediately after my device turned back on for the first time after the restore, my iPhone 4 was snappy and quick. Much snappier and quicker than it was on iOS 7.0.6.

    My iPhone 4 was running iOS 7.0.6 prior to upgrading to iOS 7.1, and simple things such as opening applications, closing applications, unlocking the device, or pulling up the keyboard and typing on it would seem SOOOOOO slow and laggy that the device would feel unusable.

    I never had this problem on my iPhone 5, so I obviously won't have the intention of upgrading my iPhone 5, which is happily jailbroken on iOS 7.0.6. But my iPhone 4 was just never happy running iOS 7.0.6. It would take a number seconds for things to open up, but after upgrading to iOS 7.1, scrolling is so much more fluid, animations aren't as jittery, and loading applications seems noticeably faster. Overall, the iPhone 4 seems more responsive to my input with iOS 7.1.

    It's unfortunate that Apple waited until the non-jailbreakable iOS 7.1 (at least for now) to implement this major performance improvement for the iPhone 4, but for those that are not going to jailbreak their iPhone 4, iOS 7.1 might be a considerable option.

    If you're not going to jailbreak your iPhone 4 for any reason, then you may want to go through with the upgrade to iOS 7.1. But as always, if you have the intention of jailbreaking your iPhone 4, or it's jailbroken already and you don't want to lose it, then you should avoid iOS 7.1 by all means.

    Will you be upgrading?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is iOS 7.1 a Worthy Upgrade for Non-jailbroken iPhone 4 Users? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Good news apple is still supporting the 4.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      This is the last stand for the iPhone 4. Its not going to be supported by iOS 8. By then there will be two generations of the iPhone 5 and the initial entrance of the iPhone 6.
    1. bozN's Avatar
      bozN -
      I've heard the performance is improved on the ip4.
    1. PCYoda's Avatar
      PCYoda -
      Considering that most new Android phones are sold with versions of Android that are 1-3 major versions old, and many of these new models aren't able to currently (and probably never will) be upgradable to the current Android 4.4.x, I think it's admirable that Apple thinks of the 4 generation old iPhone 4 when optimizing fixes in a release like 7.1. They could just say "screw you, go buy a 5C/5S" but they don't. It really makes me wonder how anyone can be an Android fan, considering most users don't even have access to the latest & greatest without constantly buying new phones (and having to be very careful to select a new phone that actually supports and is preloaded with that latest and greatest).
    1. yimmortal's Avatar
      yimmortal -
      ya know, if apple would just allow us to have contact pictures next to names like copic or cyntac then i'd never need to jailbreak again.. that's the only feature i use...... no non jailbreak apps for that yet right?
    1. Leolion311's Avatar
      Leolion311 -
      I totally agree that at least Apple cares about our iPhone 4 as it is a very good iPhone.i have iPhone 4(7.0.6)JB and iPad 3 but I am still holding on until a bigger screen but I can't update to 7.1 because I will lose my jailbreak,but it needs this update to be stable.
    1. 41hemiwillys's Avatar
      41hemiwillys -
      FWI...

      I created a short video showcasing the speed of iOS 7.1 on an iPhone 4 - (Note: no audio by design).
      This should help give those an idea of real world speed using apps and navigating.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2q...ature=youtu.be
    1. gameguy95's Avatar
      gameguy95 -
      The question is would my my iphone 4 work better with 7.1 than it does on iOS 6.1.2?
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      I don't think it's about them caring for older devices, I think this is about the 4 in emerging markets which apple has no chance of competing in without a cheap old phone.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gameguy95 View Post
      The question is would my my iphone 4 work better with 7.1 than it does on iOS 6.1.2?
      Probably not. Stay on that 6.1.2

      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      I don't think it's about them caring for older devices, I think this is about the 4 in emerging markets which apple has no chance of competing in without a cheap old phone.
      Yea big market in India for 4/4s
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Leolion311 View Post
      I totally agree that at least Apple cares about our iPhone 4 as it is a very good iPhone.i have iPhone 4(7.0.6)JB and iPad 3 but I am still holding on until a bigger screen but I can't update to 7.1 because I will lose my jailbreak,but it needs this update to be stable.
      5 has a bigger screen.
    1. busta7888's Avatar
      busta7888 -
      Apple waited months after the release of the iPhone 5c and 5s to release an update for the iPhone 4 that would "fix" performance issues. I was perfectly happy with my 4S until I had upgraded to iOS7, but couldn't take how poor the performance was for simple things so I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to the 5s. I had no intention of upgrading, which brings me to my point: I honestly, 100% that Apple pulls this **** intentionally to force people to upgrade. Plain and simple, when iOS7 was released and hundreds of thousands of 4 users complained of the performance decrease - they could have fixed it quickly. They took months to do it to boost iPhone 5 sales. Shameful.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by busta7888 View Post
      Apple waited months after the release of the iPhone 5c and 5s to release an update for the iPhone 4 that would "fix" performance issues. I was perfectly happy with my 4S until I had upgraded to iOS7, but couldn't take how poor the performance was for simple things so I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to the 5s. I had no intention of upgrading, which brings me to my point: I honestly, 100% that Apple pulls this **** intentionally to force people to upgrade. Plain and simple, when iOS7 was released and hundreds of thousands of 4 users complained of the performance decrease - they could have fixed it quickly. They took months to do it to boost iPhone 5 sales. Shameful.
      Sounds like you are just impatient. I have a 4 with 7 on it. Yes it lags a little, but not enough for me to upgrade.
    1. xWalmartCandyx's Avatar
      xWalmartCandyx -
      When you say iPhone 4, does it mean strictly iPhone 4 improvements or iPhone 4 and 4S?
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      i love ios 7.1 but its draining my battery really fast! this morning within 5 mins i saw my battery go from 100% down to 93%!! i dont know what to do?!! Phone is out of warranty
    1. ukblake's Avatar
      ukblake -
      My iphone 4 is on 5.1.1 and my iphone 5 is on 6.1.2 and my iphone 5s is on 7.0.6 and all of them will never be updated. Also my ipad 2 is on 6.1 and my ipad mini is on 7.0.6, they will also never be updated. So I guess I'll never know how my iphone would run on 7.1, which is fine with me.
    1. spinal_cord's Avatar
      spinal_cord -
      Quote Originally Posted by busta7888 View Post
      Apple waited months after the release of the iPhone 5c and 5s to release an update for the iPhone 4 that would "fix" performance issues. I was perfectly happy with my 4S until I had upgraded to iOS7, but couldn't take how poor the performance was for simple things so I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to the 5s. I had no intention of upgrading, which brings me to my point: I honestly, 100% that Apple pulls this **** intentionally to force people to upgrade. Plain and simple, when iOS7 was released and hundreds of thousands of 4 users complained of the performance decrease - they could have fixed it quickly. They took months to do it to boost iPhone 5 sales. Shameful.
      I'm not sure you understand how difficult something like this is. As many coders will tell you, fixing a bottleneck in code can sometimes be a complete pain to figure out. You cant just click your fingers and BAMMM!!!!! OS speed up! It genuinely takes time. Bug fixes quite often take months to be released. Not only do issues need to be found and fixed in the first place, but for something like a Phone OS which is used by millions of people, it has to be thoroughly tested. The last thing Apple would want is 50,000 users with bricked iPhones.
      Also, I can't think of a reason why you *had* to upgrade to iOS7 if you were happy with 6.x.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by xWalmartCandyx View Post
      When you say iPhone 4, does it mean strictly iPhone 4 improvements or iPhone 4 and 4S?
      Apple's change log for iOS 7.1 says the iPhone 4 got major performance improvements.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      As I have a JB 5 I won't be upgrading, but a well written piece. If you have a 4 and don't JB it's a worthwhile upgrade, for other devices if you aren't interested in a JB there is little reason not to upgrade but not sure it's that much of an upgrade for other devices.
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Apple's change log for iOS 7.1 says the iPhone 4 got major performance improvements.
      My 4s is noticeably faster on 7.1