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Can I update iPhone 4  w/4.2.7 to 5 or 6?

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MacLady Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
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Sep 25, 2013 5:33 AM

Can I update my iPhone 4 with 4.2.7 in 'steps' to 5 or 6 without being forced into iOS7?


I don't think it can handle 7 for one thing. For another, I'm using it as a computer now, with a Comcast phone number... even though the VZW was of course switched to my new phone, which was an awesome discovery!


I did notice on my iPhone 5, there is no longer an option to go to 6.1.4 which I find odd because on a computer you can do this.


I can't imagine for the iPhone 4, they would let you go from 4.2.7 to 6 without going through 5 first.


I just bought a new iPhone 5 with iOS 6 on it so I'm happy, but even that one is not as pretty as the 4.


It's lighter but the screen colors are not as rich and the speaker not as clear. It doesn't show me what percent of the battery is left unless I've missed a setting somewhere.. I looked.


Also the lightning adapters for the regular power cord do not work with Otterbox.


I'm going to have to return the adapters (I own dozens of the old cords, brand new) or change the cover style.. not sure which.


They have Apple certified 3 party 10ft chargers but I don't get why they are 3x as much as the 3rd party ones that are not certified which have always worked on my phones and iPads. I might just resort to buying three of those. (Upstairs, downstairs, computer bag)


So many questions... Change is hard.

iPhone 4
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 5:36 AM (in response to MacLady)

    Any device that is compatible with iOS 7 will only see that as an option to upgrade to from now on.  You cannot selective pick and choose which release of iOS to upgrade to - the system automatically detects your hardware and only offers the choice of upgrading to the latest available for that hardware.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,695 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 5:37 AM (in response to MacLady)

    No, you can only update to the latest version of iOS that Apple makes available.  The older version files no longer exist for download. 

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,695 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 5:45 AM (in response to MacLady)

    iOS 6 was available for quite some time...this is nothing new, Apple has always removed the older iOS version files when a new version is released.  There has never been the option to incrementally increase the version.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to MacLady)

    MacLady wrote:


    The cobbler's children have no shoes.. as the saying goes.


    My 92 year old parents are on OS 10.8 but my new MBP remains in the box unopened for three months so I'm still using 10.6 because I am just too busy...


    The iPhone 4 works great and still does.. in fact it downloads stuff faster than the new one, how about that?


    So I guess other than some apps which would not update, I was happy with it and will continue to use it as an alternative phone and computer for listening to radio and podcasts etc.


    I need a secretary.


    Just a quick FYI - you should, at the very least, pull that MBP out and charge it up and discharge it a bit.  Lithium batteries decay rapidly if left sitting idle like that for long periods of time (many months like that can actually ruin a battery just sitting on the shelf that way).  A lithium cell starts decaying the minute it is assembled form internal oxidation.  Sitting completely idle is one of the worst things you can do with a Lithium battery - they need regular partial discharge/charge cycles for optimal useful life span.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,695 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 6:17 AM (in response to MacLady)

    It is not a suprise that an iPhone 4 with an older iOS will download faster since the overhead is so much lower with the older iOS versions.  Each feature set that gets added raises the system overhead...main reason for limiting the device on which a new operating system can be installed is that the hardware is not able to handle the demands.


    So, if you have an older device, and I still prefer my iPhone 4, and the iOS version meets your needs, just be happy with it.  Upgrading is really for the features and functions that have been added.  Keep telling people, if you do not want to use the additional functions, why do you want to upgrade?


    And there are some heavy-duty users on here who still say Mac OS X 10.6.8 is the best operating system ever is rock solid, not overly burdonsome, works great.  But, it lacks iCloud native mode use...that is a reason to move to 10.7.2 or above to get iCloud if you need it.


    Anyway, enough rambling, good luck finding a secretary

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,695 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 6:25 PM (in response to MacLady)

    Personally, there is a lot about iCloud that I like...with iPhone, iPad, two iMacs, and a MacBook Pro iCloud makes life easy for me in syncing my calendar and contacts between all equipment.


    The apps upgrade issue: yes, there have been a rash of those the past few days...but if you note the fine print with each you'll notice these are iOS 7 compatibility updates...things needed to use the feature changes in iOS 7...but there are a number of us that are not enamoured of the new screen, but I have gotten used to a lot and am getting very comfortable with the iOS 7 changes.  Takes time because this is a big change in appearance from what we have been used to with iOS 3 - 6.  This is probably aimed at a different demographic group, i.e., age group, than mine.  Again, it is taking time to get accustomed to the material but there are somethings I do like a lot.  The Music Radio is really great


    I have been using Apple products since the Apple IIe and still prefer this equipment over the alternatives, which I have also owned along the way.  A lot of changes over those years.


    Anyway, hang in there, there are things that just are not worth getting torqued up about in the scheme of things.


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