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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:15 am 
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My wife has an old iPhone 4S. Speakers are bad. Battery now seems to be dead and holding no charge (according to her). Can this still run if plugged into USB power supply? I know in theory this should be easy to test myself but I don't actually have access to it on a normal basis and don't even know how to turn one on. If it will still work then I can probably convince her to finally relinquish it and I could use it to check email while traveling.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:57 pm 
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You'll probably need to have the higher-amp iPhone USB power wall wart, USB 2.0's 500ma likely won't be enough.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:54 pm 
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My wife probably has the original charger and I'll check its rating. Otherwise I think I have a 2A charger around that I bought.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:12 am 
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Well I don't know. I finally got my hands on the iPhone this morning and plugged it in. It registered the pretty much empty so I left it plugged in about 2 hours. It then registered full. I have had it switched on for about 4 hours now while playing with it and it's down to 80%. It's probably not in pristine condition but it certainly doesn't appear to require plugging in all the time.

It has a defunct SIM card in it. If I remove that will it help in any manner such as getting the "no service" message in the upper left corner to disappear?

This has iOS5.0.1 Software Update is offering me iOS 6.1.3 Is this really what it would get if I updated, or would I suddenly find something else? How much of a penalty would 6.1 be? I see if offers features such as improvements to maps in Japan which is actually something I could definitely use since I plan on taking it to Japan. On the other hand I don't want to click on Update and suddenly find it's at iOS9 and taking forever to boot (unless I am wrong about iOS9). Also this is a 16 GB model.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:58 pm 
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iPhone 4S should support iOS 9 but you'll likely need to jump there in leaps unless you want to put it in DFU mode and have an up-to-date iTunes upgrade it.

More than likely the battery just needs to either be conditioned or replaced. Conditioning just means letting it charge, charge charge, then run something CPU intensive until it shuts down, then charge it back up, do this a few times and it may regain a semblance of sanity.

If you remove the SIM the no service will likely continue because, well, it's a phone, and it has no service. I think they have to tell you it has no service so you don't try to make 911 calls, or at least if you do, that you should have known you were doing something wrong.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:19 pm 
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That's what I'm not sure about, going all the way to iOS9. The problem with iOS is there's no going back if it does something you don't like.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:47 am 
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Did the upgrade and it only went to 6. How far should I go? Don't want a molasses slow device but clearly the higher the OS the more apps available. Right now there's pretty much none.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:17 pm 
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Depends. I pretty much can't use the web browser in iOS 6 because it crashes all the time because of ad-based exploits.

If you want to use it on the internet, you need to update it as far as it can go. If it slows down do a DFU reset to reinstall the OS, followed by either a fresh setup or an iCloud restore (don't do an iTunes image restore), that typically solves quirky issues.

Most people put their pants on their head the instant they hit a problem on an iPhone so its best not to dwell too long on what other people are saying.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:11 am 
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Since the phone will not be connected to a carrier service it will be used largely for Internet. No plans at this stage on using it for music or videos. I have a camera so I probably won't use the phone much for that, particularly since it only has 13GB or so free right now. In the short term I will be using it for Internet while traveling, so I can check email or research things over wi-fi while in hotels. I haven't had problems so far with Safari and ads.

One downside with iOS8 I was reading is it was designed with a larger display in mind so things like the keyboard take up more space and hamper use of things like mail with limited display of other stuff.

I discovered that while the speakers do not work I can hear audio if I use a headset. I'd probably do things mostly that way anyway.

I have been draining it and recharging it, though it takes a long time to drain. The most CPU intensive thing I could think of was watching YouTube so I had it play some junky 20 minute movie 10 times over yesterday. :)

edit: Ick. Installing iOS6 resulted in my having that horrible version of Apple Maps that's all buggy. Can't get Google Maps app because only the one for iOS9+ is available. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:08 am 
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Went ahead and installed up to 9-something. Phone sees to work okay. Some complain about slowness but in most cases it means it takes an app half a second longer to load. :roll: At least now I can download iOS9 apps while to going is good and "iOS10+ only" appears next to them in the iTunes Store. The main advantage of iOS9 vs 8 is a power save mode. My Facetime and Messages still have "pending authorization" after 12 hours. Ironically my wife is running iOS8.1 on her 5S and she can Facetime. :confused:


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