The Effect of iOS4 on the iPhone 3G

By Jay Shah | Apple

The iOS4 was recently launched with much fanfare, along with Apple’s iPhone 4. And as Apple struggles with the antenna problems on the iPhone 4, we came up with creative canny ideas, but on a serious note the iOS4 is fast becoming a cause of concern for the company, due to the various complaints from iPhone 3G users.

The iOS4 was rolled out with the promise that it would make the iPhone 3G perform better, in addition to being the standard OS for the iPhone 4. But if user feedback is anything to go by, then probably Apple is miles from delivering on the promise.

The Effect of iOS4 on the iPhone 3G

The most common problems encountered with the iOS4 on the iPhone 3G include regular locking up of handsets and also a general sluggishness in performance. Even basic functions, such as web browsing, are taking ages to complete.

And the buzz on various online communities and forums is pretty negative too, with some going as far as describing the iOS4 as a ‘disaster’ for iPhone 3G owners. A closer look at the problem reveals that these claims are not way off the mark.

Apps are not functioning properly and neither is the phone responding as fast as it should. A basic SMS app takes 30 seconds to open up and this gives you a fair idea of the problem. The Safari web browser refreshes at a slow pace, making browsing a pain.

To make the matter worse, those who got the OS updated cannot revert to the older version. Apple has locked the phone once the update to the iOS4 is done and so, you are pretty much stuck in the muck.

Most people are curing their decision to go for the update, while some conspiracy theories are also doing the rounds. The popular though sinister notion is that Apple is running the iPhone 3G with the iOS4 so that users are forced to buy the iPhone4.

But exactly how that works out is a bit hard to understand, given that iPhone4 is not exactly free from its own flaws and no one other than hardcore Apple fans will just go ahead and buy the phone.

However, the problems being faced by iPhone 3G owners with the new OS onboard are not small by any means — Automatic reboots, dropped calls and many more issues plague the once perfect iPhone 3G. And Apple has a responsibility of coming out with a comprehensive solution very soon, if it does not want people to resort to hacks and tweaks to downgrade to the iOS3.1.

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(8) comments

kelly August 2, 2010

I have 2 3Gs phones. Upgraded them both. One works fine the other one is totally useless on wifi now and is as slow as a snail on 3G network. I am so mad. Even the latest version os ios 4 didn’t fix these issues. What the heck Apple?????

LarryG July 25, 2010

Hi I am using a Iphone 3G, I updated my OS to 4.0 and now I am having problems.
1) my email push (Yahoo mail) does not work since the update. I have tried deleting my Yahoo mail account then creating a new Yahoo mail account, this did not help. (also I have hard reset the phone a number of times)
2) my WiFi will not work unless I turn the wifi off then back on, then it works as long as the phone is on. If I turn the phone off then restart it, the same problem exists. This problem started after the 4.0 update, before that it worked perfect. Even when it isn’t working the wifi icon (upper left) next to the ATT signal strength shows a wifi connection.

Does Update 4.0.1 address these problems??????? I am afraid to try the update after my last experience.

I am hoping apple is planning a fix to these problems, I was really impressed with this smartphone but after this update I have serious question and my not buy another Iphone.

LS Powers July 22, 2010

I am so mad that Apple shows no concern for 3G owners. I got my 3G one year ago and now it’s time to either get a new phone or jail break this one. One year left on my contract then I’m done with Apple.

Tony July 22, 2010

Apple is like Toyota…hiding all the recalls.

Shaman July 22, 2010

The big question is why is Jobs and Apple in general ignoring the pleas of the millions of 3G owners who now have defective products. The actions of Apple are shameful and smack of gross negligence. It once again appears that Apple prefers to hide a problem rather than openly address it.

Steve July 21, 2010

I upgraded my wife’s iPhone 3 to iOS 4. I think that she is going to divorce me for it.

Daryl July 21, 2010

After a week with iOS4 on my 3G I decided to downgrade back to v3 since it was so bad.

Fortunately for me my 2 year contract with AT&T is up in a few days.

Apple’s irresponsibility and attitude of recent along with my displeasure with AT&T has made me decide to switch to the Droid X and Verizon.

Steven July 21, 2010

Agree. I deeply regret to have upgraded my iPhone 3G with iOS4. The main complaint is that it makes the phone very very slow even with basic functions e.g. SMS or picking up a call.

I hope Apple may come out a solution quick, otherwise it hurts the brand and iPhone will be perceived as a slow and bad smart-phone like many others.

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