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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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I experienced this
By Goty on 7/28/2010 7:30:56 PM , Rating: 4
I upgraded my 3G to iOS4. Two weeks later, I bought a Samsung Captivate. Coincidence? I think not.

RE: I experienced this
By Ard on 7/28/2010 7:50:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not quite the same story as yours but very, very similar.

Had an iPhone 3G, upgraded to an iPhone 4, got pissed off that my data connection kept dropping if I even slightly closed my hand around the phone, returned the iPhone 4 on day 27, managed to get AT&T to hold a Captivate for me, tinkered and customized the Captivate, and been happy ever since :)

I really wonder if Apple even bothers to run QC/QA on these products. It's a laundry list of problems. Antenna issues, proximity sensor issues, and performance crippling OS on approved older hardware. What else is going to surface?

RE: I experienced this
By amanojaku on 7/28/2010 8:30:37 PM , Rating: 5
What else is going to surface?
Jobs: "It... It's not magical. And... it doesn't work."

RE: I experienced this
By DuctTapeAvenger on 7/29/2010 11:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
Minus the OS4 upgrade (Every time an upgrade rolled out my 3G got slower, so I stopped with the upgrades a few months back), that's exactly what I did. The Captivate is infinitely better than my old 3G. I was even able to find someone willing to pay me enough for the 3G to cover the phone and a case.

RE: I experienced this
By SnakeBlitzken on 7/29/2010 12:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
That's my plan exactly. How do you like it compared to the 3G?

RE: I experienced this
By Goty on 7/29/2010 3:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
I like it a lot. The interface is fine (very similar to the iPhone, actually) and very responsive, the camera is serviceable and the video recording is good for a phone. I like the amount of control I have over everything, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to ditch my 3G in the first place. I've rooted the phone and removed all of the AT&T mess that came with the phone (the only mildly useful apps are just AT&T versions of things that are already part of the OS) and I plan on doing quite a bit of tinkering.

The only thing you might be disappointed with coming from the iPhone is the Android Market. It's not as polished or as easily navigable as the iPhone app store, but it works.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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