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Apple iPhone 3G
Apple's iPhone 3G is allergic to iOS 4

Apple just can't catch a break these days when it comes to issues surrounding its iPhones. We all know about the problems involving the iPhone 4, but complaints have also been flooding in from iPhone 3G owners.

What seemed like a kind gesture by Apple to provide iOS 4 to owners of the two-year-old iPhone 3G is turning into a bit of a mess for the boys from Cupertino. Owners who have upgraded to the latest version of iOS are witnessing massive performance slowdowns, reduced battery life, and overheating machines.

The complaints started appearing on Apple-oriented discussion forums soon after the update was released; here are just a couple of examples from Mac Rumors and the official Apple Discussions forum (38 pages long, 36 pages long).

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is now looking into the problem, but declined to state anything more than that. IOS 4 for the iPhone 3G is already crippled relative to the versions available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (no multitasking, no home screen wallpapers), so it remains to be seen what else could be sacrificed to improve performance on the two-year-old phone that is using the same CPU/memory configuration as the original three-year-old iPhone.

TUAW has even made the recommendation that those who haven't upgraded to iOS 4 should stay far away.

Updated 7/29/2010 @ 9:48 am

Neowin reports of a "fix" for the performance problem that involves disabling Spotlight search on the phone. Many users are reporting that this restores performance:

To remedy the sluggish performance (or at least one cause of it) go to “Settings->General->Home Button->Spotlight Search-> deselect every option” and this will stop background indexing on the phone.

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Lovely Parody of the issue
By Brandon Hill on 7/28/2010 6:33:24 PM , Rating: 5
Here's a YouTube parody of the issue at hand :-)

RE: Lovely Parody of the issue
By Smilin on 7/28/2010 8:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like a demo of the issue at hand.

Funny I was just talking to a couple of guys at work bitching about this. One had already downgraded back to 3. The other was ranting about his wife's phone.

RE: Lovely Parody of the issue
By MonkeyPaw on 7/28/2010 8:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
I unwisely upgraded my 3G to iOS4 (iTunes recommended it, after all), and it has turned my phone into a frustrating, crappy mess.

Since the upgrade, my phone has gotten noticeably slower doing every-freaking-thing, and every app lags or is unresponsive for 3-4 seconds after opening (including things like notepad or calculator). My phone will occasionally just stop working. The buttons do nothing, and you just have to stare at the locked screen for 4-5 minutes, after which the phone restarts itself. I guess that's nice, since you can't remove the battery to hard-reset it yourself.

Looks like Apple might need to offer a "downgrade" option for 3G users, kinda like MS did with XP and Vista. Oh wait, didn't Apple make fun of that plan? How ironic!

RE: Lovely Parody of the issue
By mmntech on 7/28/2010 9:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
I had the problem with the cold molasses speed of iOS4 on my 3G. It's pretty easy to do the downgrade yourself. Just do a Google search for it.

Apple really did drop the ball on this one. The fact that you need iOS4 to use the iBook app is more salt in the wound.

RE: Lovely Parody of the issue
By Omega215D on 7/29/2010 3:44:32 AM , Rating: 2
My phone! The buttons do nothing! ;)

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