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
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.
quote: Just goes to show that Apple probably has some of the worst quality control of a Fortune 500 company. Guess even their development teams has been mystified by the magical "it just works" phrasing from their marketing team.
quote: It seems to largely stem from their obsessive secrecy which causes them to skimp on real world testing. That really forms a deadly combination with their perpetual desire to cram high end (hot -- both literally and metaphorically) electronics into tight metal packages.
quote: This doesn't sound like analysis, it sounds like fanboyism.
quote: I too am jealous of the iPhone4 display, but I don't justify it with accusations of ineptitude. I will just wait until it comes to an Android phone.
quote: I'm not sure if you're calling me an Android fanboy or an iPhone fanboy, but either way you're wrong.
quote: Soooooo, what prevents apple from testing the iphone4 in their facilities? Or what prevents them from testing iOS 4 on older phones?
quote: You are just a troll who crammed about 12 different past articles on Apple's troubles with the obligatory "It just works" slogan at the top, for an article about a bug in Safari 5.
quote: Putting a picture of a unicorn clearly belongs to a news article, and not your blog.
quote: My advice to you is to put your hands over your eyes and hum a happy song whenever you see a negative article about Apple. That way you can ensure that you remain in happy fantasy land and never have to hear that its products might have been less then perfect.
quote: That's not a good way to get realistic real world results. You need testing in multiple cities and under a variety of environments (urban areas, rural areas, etc.).
quote: I suggest the same thing for those who are unhappy with my articles that have been critical of Microsoft, Android, or others where criticism was due.
quote: Dude, I don't care if you post all day about Apple. It's the trolling part we all hate. None of your other posters here act like an idiot.
quote: Seeing as how this is about the older iphones, why couldn't Apple test it in the wild?
quote: Yeah, you do it for others, but Apple is clearly your favorite.
quote: Did you accidentally forget a factual-based argument to support your wild claims?? It's not too late...
quote: When you claim to be "magical" you set the standards pretty high for yourself. I do own two Apple products and while I don't find them "magical" I have found them to meet their desired utility, so it's not like I want to see Apple go out of business. I merely would like for Apple to cut the denial and arrogance and take a higher road, improving quality control and customer relations. Is that so unreasonable?
quote: You asked. Check your comments on your article dealing with AMD's profit.
quote: Put it on your blog, not the news section.
quote: Your "smoking gun" is... off topic? If anyone, you seem to be the one trolling here, desperately trying to cast anyone who criticizes Apple in a negative light. About the only marginally relevant point I can observe is that I had a typo in that AMD article... but I'm sure you've never had a typo in any documents at your work. After all you do live in a perfect fantasy world...
quote: But I'm also not going to stop reporting on Apple's problems because it offends your delicate sensibilities. Sorry, pal!
quote: I remember seeing the iPhone 4 hardware and regretting my EVO purchase. D@MN, I thought, that display looks great. Now I couldn't be happier that I made the choice I did.