Thursday, 13 July 2017

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S  - Intro


I have been avoiding upgrading my iOS since iOS 7. However, on wednesday night I drank too much red wine and upgraded, because an app I wanted to use requires iOS 9 or higher.

What a mistake to make. My snappy adequately fast phone was rendered sluggish and virtually useless. So what can I do?

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S  - Down-Grade - NO WAY


Apple must know that older devices will not run there newer iOS properly, and hope that the performance of iOS 9 on older devices will force people to upgrade. For this reason they do not offer a way to downgrade your iOS. 

There is one exception, and that is 6.1.3 which is still "signed" for use on the iPhone 4 (not 4S). There is 3rd party software avaiable to do this, if you have iOS 9.3.4, but not for iOS 9.3.5.

So this is impossible for 9.3.5.

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S  - Jail-Break - NOOOO WAY


This is also not possible, iOS 9.3.5 is not jail-break-able.

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S  - Re-Install and Performance Mods - WORTH A SHOT


This is the only way left for people, and I think by following the below steps you can claw back the usability of you iphone 4S.

9.3.5 Reinstall

  1. Back-Up Your Iphone (Use iTunes)
  2. Reset (Settings > General) Choose (Erase All Content and Settings) 
  3. Restore from Back Up when Done.
Note: This freed up a lot of storage space for me. Despite having most the same apps and music on the phone after restore. Perhaps the old iOS is not deleted from the phone when it is upgraded?

9.3.5 Performance Mods


Do the following:
  1. Turn Off Animations (Settings > General >Accessibility)
  2. Turn Off Transparency (Settings > General >Accessibility)
  3. Turn Off Back Ground App Refresh (Settings > General)
  4. Enable Low Power Mode (Settings > Battery)
  5. Delete All Unwanted Apps (Hold Down Any App Icon Until Wobble)

Living with iOS 9.3.5 on an iPhone 4S  - Conclusions


APPLE! It should not be like this, serve the customer please. If I want to install Windows 3.1 on my PC I can. . . . this means I do not have to send my old PC to india, for kids to dismantle, and go to early graves with lead poisoning. . . there is a moral element here!

Every time you make a new iphone there is also a carbon cost, it is no good prattling on about how considerate you are in you CSR reporting if your belligerent attitude towards legacy hardware is causing mountains of E-Waste, and unnecessary Carbon Emissions. You know global warming, that thing that Trump Ignores. . . but then he is a pretty good guy after all.   



Illustrator Devon



2 comments:

  1. if your old phone still does a few basics like calls and photos, maybe use the old phone for some things, and keep the new phone for "best".
    I am using a 2011 Andoid 2.3.5 phone as a ... phone! It does a basic job on pics too (fixed focus, 3 mp, don't even think about low light! - but it is fibe for daylight snapshots and selfies, although no front camera means you point and guess for selfies, and maybe have a few tries!).
    Just put the "old" phone on a pay as you go contract, load up 15 quid or so of credit, and take it out with you cycling/whatever. If it gets wet, who cares - it is an old phone.
    Forget about fancy apps, and just use it as a basic cameraphone.
    That's what I do.
    I run apps on a later model phone ("Kit Kat"), which is one of my daughter's hand-me-downs.
    Reuse, rather than recycle.

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  2. Sure thing, but Apple down graded this phone without proving a fix or roll back option.

    Now an £100 android phone which is water proof and pretty good.

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