iPhone 4 and iOS 7 - Should you upgrade?
I’d been looking for some advice online on whether it was worth to upgrade to iOS 7 on my iPhone 4 but couldn’t find anything that seemed genuine and impartial. Deciding to take the plunge I went for it and after a couple of weeks use want to share what I’ve found should there be anyone else out there with the same question I had.
Yes, provided you change some features to improve the performance of the OS:
- Switch off Bluetooth
- Switch off Background App Refresh
- Switch on Reduce Motion
After letting the upgrade finish I was initially very disappointed with the responsiveness of the user interface. Touches took a noticable time to respond (1–2 seconds) and there was noticable lag whilst scrolling. Discovering that Bluetooth (Settings - Bluetooth) was switched on I immediately switched it off then proceeded to search online for tips on improving performance. I came across advice to disable Background App Refresh (Settings - General - Background App Refresh) which I did and this did seem to make a noticable improvement, bringing responsiveness back to a usable state. You could still sense lag whilst switching apps and loading games in particular were a little frustrating, especially when you’re used to a much better experience.
Over the last couple of days I decided to hunt down the Reduce Motion option (Settings - General - Accessibility - Reduct Motion) and switch it on. It’s made an even more noticable improvement to the point where the user interface is now on a par in terms of responsiveness with iOS 6. It’s this last setting that’s convinced me upgrading is the right decision to make.