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03 February 2021

iPhone 4 - a new look at an old device

Is the model of this smartphone still relevant to this day?  Should you buy or update an iPhone 4?

Eleonora Rusanovska

Who among us at one time did not dream of the most popular gadget of 2010?  Stylish design, updated camera, and support for the latest updates.  A legendary device in every sense.  The first model with a square bezel, the design of which follows the iPhone 12. The latest model, which was overseen by Steve Jobs himself.

iPhone 4 specifications

Originally released 4 iPhone only in black.  The white model was delayed for one year.  The set included with the phone:

  • awkward cable with adapter and wide 30pin connector
  • Apple Earphones in white or black, depending on the color of the model
  • waste paper with all your favorite stickers in the shape of a bitten apple
  • a paperclip to open the Micro SIM slot.

It received an improved 3.5-inch screen, the first LCD with an IPS Retina matrix.  The resolution was 960 x 640 pixels, that is, the density increased by 4 times compared to the 3 model.  Cameras in iPhone 4 had corresponding resolutions - 5MP main, and 0.3MP front.  Additionally, there was a 5x software zoom and autofocus.  The phone could now output HDR footage.  High-quality video recording also surprised users.  The format reached 720p at 30 frames per second.

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The operating mode with the battery installed in the phone lasted up to 10 hours of active video viewing, 14 hours of talk time, and 300 hours of standby time.  The gadget was equipped with a single-core 32-bit Apple A4 processor at 800MHz.  The battery capacity was 1420 mAh.  By 2010 standards, this was cutting edge technology.

At the presentation of the new iPhone, the design was emphasized.  Instead of rounded shapes and plastic, high-strength glass on both sides, between which there was a steel frame.

Around the same time, the world was introduced to the technology of the first video calls between Apple electronics users - Face Time.  Unlike many modern video calling technologies, which required payment for every minute of the call, Apple technology provided a secure and free experience.  Cellular communication was enough.  We can safely say that the colossal success of the smartphone was inevitable.

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How much does an iPhone 4 cost?

How much does an iPhone 4 cost after 11 years?  Of course, at official points of sale, with all the desire, a person will not be able to find an iPhone of this model.  But don't forget about the secondary market.  On many platforms where individuals place ads, you can still find such a rarity.  There are few offers.  But the price reaches a maximum of 1500 hryvnia, and even it can be reduced.

The iPhone 4 didn't differ much from its predecessors in price.  At the start of sales, for the version with 16GB of memory, buyers paid 199 US dollars, and for 32 GB - 299 $.  In some countries, at that time it was popular to take the phone from the stores of mobile operators.  So, for an iPhone 4 with a package of services for a year, you had to pay $599 and $699.

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Does the iPhone 4 is still supporting?

In September 2021, the company will release the updated iOS 15. Support will be deprived of later models, such as iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s +.  Not to mention the oldies of the 4th series.  They have been deprived of updates since September 2016.

After almost 5 years of modifications and changes, when trying to download programs to an old phone, you will need to update the firmware.  So, when purchasing an iPhone 4, you can count on the maximum version of iOS 7. Such giants as Google, YouTube will require at least version 11 from you for comfortable use and display of all the chips.  Social networks, instant messengers, and vaunted applications that take care of more "ancient" devices will ask for iOS 8.

Even the notorious FaceTime service disappeared in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s in 2014.  The choice was likely dictated by a protocol update that required a more recent firmware version.  Owners of outdated iOS were unable to use the service.  The case even went to court, after which Apple paid compensation to upset users.

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How to download a new app on iPhone 4?

Of course, you can bypass the App Store and download programs differently.  Given the difficulties with support, you can download Viber, Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook on iPhone 4 as follows:

  1. Many users simply take another Apple smartphone with enough software to download.
  2. Login with your data from the 4th iPhone account.
  3. Go to the App Store, then download the necessary applications.
  4. Then, go to the App Store on your iPhone 4. Find "Shopping" in the menu and download a possible version of the programs.
  5. The phone understands this and offers an older version for download.

When the operation is successful, you can start using the minimum that a smartphone gives out.  Apps downloaded to devices will of course slow down a lot, they may have an imbalance of functions due to the format of the content being displayed.  However, you will be able to use them somehow.

iphone 4 and iphone 5

iPhone 4 slows down

Apple's developers make really durable appliances.  The company guarantees to provide updates for more than 5 years from the date of the device's release.  Using an iPhone isn't just about taking advantage of it and then buying a new smartphone in a year or two.

It makes sense to keep the iPhone in shape, even with signs of aging.  However, everything has its own expiration date.

To make the 4 work faster, it can be slightly revived.  Just a little, because as mentioned earlier, the phone has 1 core in the processor, which means it is more difficult for it to cope with modern programs and "heavy" files.

  • Clean up your memory first. Go to "Settings" on your gadget.  Find "Basic" there.  Go to the iPhone Storage option.  Delete the ones that say "Never used" underneath.
  • Periodically analyze applications and manually remove unnecessary ones. Let's say a social network is more relevant to the iPhone 4 than a travel app.
  • Free up space for new photos. And transfer existing photos and videos to iCloud.  In the phone settings, you can always see how much space your memories take.

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iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4s

And what about the newer model?  The iPhone 4s was released in 2011, which means it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

 Apple supporters have not spared this device either.  Compared to its predecessor, the S model had an improved camera, 8MP versus 5MP, the ability to shoot video in 1080p, and a new Apple A5 processor.  In addition to the iOS 5 update, iPhones now have a virtual assistant Siri.  Externally, the phones differed only in the slots on the side frame.

The price of the iPhone 4s was no different from the iPhone 4.  Unless now, having paid $100 more, a person could buy a gadget with 64GB of memory.  Both phones can now be purchased for a small fee.  Of course, they will be used.

iphone 4 vs iphone 4s

Unfortunately, this device, or rather the latest available software version, is also not supported by most programs.  Although, the basic iOS 9, which is still installed on the phone, can be downloaded from the Viber, Telegram, WhatsApp, and even TikTok stores without any problems.  Despite this, many users note sluggishness, lack of fluidity in animation, and fragility of charging.


Everything new is well forgotten old.  And although the recently released iPhone 12 resembles the 4th version, they cannot be compared in terms of performance, power, capabilities.  If you don’t have the strength to say goodbye to your “old friend” or you simply don’t have enough funds for a new device, you can always contact ICOOLA.  Our consultants will be happy to help you choose an iPhone, taking into account your wishes and budget.  You can view available phones and their prices here.

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