I upgraded my 8gb iPhone 4 to iOS 7 when it released. In the few days since the upgrade, however, I have experienced some anomolies with the upgrade. First off, it seems the NASCAR app is not compatible as it locked up the phone. I had to reset it to use it again. While this may not be an issue for you, bear in mind that there will be apps that may not work or work well with iOS 7.
Next, while trying to setup one of the gestures, the OS started ‘scanning’ the screen, presenting options at each widget. The screen then became unresponsive. After holding down the power and home buttons, I was able to reset the phone. Unfortunately, the touchscreen became unresponsive after about ten to twenty seconds. I decided to restore the phone, but, because I have ‘find my iPhone’ enabled, I was unable to reset it with out turning off that feature. Now, will someone tell me why it is this way? Yeah, I suppose it is a security ‘feature’, but, if my phone becomes unresponsive, how the hell am I supposed to fix it? Go to an Apple store?
Anyway, after twenty or so minutes and repeated restarts, I was able to close a few apps and get the phone responsive again. There has to be a better way. This process was enough to make me want to pull a Scott Bourne and toss the phone into the river.
While some Apple supplied apps are a bit faster, overall, however, this upgrade is akin to running Windows Vista on a machine designed for Windows 2000 or early XP: you might get it to work, but it won’t be pretty. There are so many features in iOS 7 that simply do not work on this earlier device I have to wonder why they thought it was a good idea.
I know there are millions of iPhone 4 devices out there and those owners would be ticked (I would, I know) but, sometimes, things are better off left alone, like iPhone 4. I am glad that Apple finally put it to rest, they should do that to the 4S as well.
This experience has, more than anything else, made me want to ditch the iPhone altogether now. I won’t go back to Android, that’s for sure. I had given a fleeting thought to a Blackberry Z10, but, with their recent news and woe, I want a Windows Phone even more now.
Desire aside, other issues with the upgrade, for me, include confusing settings, the control center-which does not always popup- and animations that are just in the way.
If you have an older iPhone, a 4 or 4S, you may wish to wait for the inevitable ‘point’ release, which, I am sure, will be soon. If you simply must upgrade, do so with caution. Make sure you back up first. And, good luck!a