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You can speed up an old iPhone or iPad

Business Technology | October 3, 2013

Is your old iPhone or iPad sluggish? Do you notice that it’s just not loading videos, playing games or scanning the Web as quickly as it used to? This isn’t abnormal: Devices often slow as they age. Luckily, you don’t automatically have to invest in a new iPad or iPhone. Lifehacker writer Whitson Gordon in a recent story offers tips to speed up a sluggish machine.

Resist the Updates

Gordon recommends first that if you own an old iPhone or iPad you refrain from updating to the latest version of the iOS operating system. There’s a reason for this: All the new features that come with the latest operating system consume more resources, resources that your old device might not have.

No Third-Party Apps

You might like third-party apps, too. But Whitson again offers some advice: Rely as much as possible on Apple’s own apps. They’re the ones created to work best with your iPhone or iPad. And if you rely instead on outside apps, you might exacerbate the sluggishness of your device.

Prune the Fat

Take a look, too, at the programs, apps and files that your iPhone or iPad stores. How many of them do you really use? Whitson suggests eliminating those programs that you hardly ever access. Doing so could boost your device’s speed.


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