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Turn Off Background App Updates and Refresh
Background app updates won’t adversely affect your iPhone’s performance. They should run when you’re not using your device. That said, if you unlock your device, there is some overhead in stopping the update. This could cause noticeable lag. Even worse, these app updates can have an impact on your network. If you’re watching streaming video on your Apple TV and your iPhone starts updating apps, you may experience problems.
There are two types of updates — content refreshes and app updates (a new version of the app). To disable background content refreshes, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn it off. You can turn off automatic app updates by going to Settings > iTunes & App Store, then switch off Updates under Automatic Downloads. You may want to turn off other automatic downloads. Beyond taking up bandwidth, automatically updating apps could cause problems. What if the new version of a mission critical app is buggy? It’s best to update apps yourself.
You’ll be glad to know that iOS 7 has fixed issues with App Store updates. If you hit “update all”, it actually works. Not only that, but you can stop updates. Those apps that are in “limbo” are also re-installed automatically. The best thing about iOS 7 is that Apple fixed this train wreck. I was able to update 49 apps on my iPad in a few hours, without a glitch.
Turn Off Transparency Effects
The new look of iOS 7 is appealing, but it uses up processor cycles. Transparency is used throughout the user interface, but it comes at a cost. Turning this off will make your device slightly faster. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast > On. Turning Increase Contrast on will remove transparency throughout the user interface, speeding up your device. After doing this, I noticed that Control Center slides up really fast.
Don’t Use Dynamic Wallpaper
This is a no-brainer. Dynamic wallpaper will eat up processor cycles and drain your battery. Turn it off. It’s not even an option on the iPhone 4, because it would render the device unusable. Go to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and select one of the gorgeous backgrounds provided or something from your camera roll.
Close Unused Apps
iOS introduced a new way to do multitasking on a mobile device. While some are critical that it’s not “true” multitasking, many think it’s great multitasking. Other mobile operating systems require the user to fiddle with app launchers and resource managers. If you open an app, you must close it yourself, or it just continues to run. With iOS, resource management is done for you. You never need to close apps in order to open a new app. iOS will free the resources. This is like most desktop operating systems. Even with Windows, you can just open apps and not have to fiddle with resources, for the most part. The operating systems serialize the state of apps to disk, as needed. (continue…)