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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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RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By sprockkets on 7/28/2010 10:43:39 PM , Rating: -1
Soooooo, what prevents apple from testing the iphone4 in their facilities? Or what prevents them from testing iOS 4 on older phones?

Btw, one person said doing a cold reboot fixes the issue.

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I'm not sure if you're calling me an Android fanboy or an iPhone fanboy, but either way you're wrong.

Right. 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. Putting a picture of a unicorn clearly belongs to a news article, and not your blog.


RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By JasonMick (blog) on 7/28/2010 11:14:50 PM , Rating: 5
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Soooooo, what prevents apple from testing the iphone4 in their facilities? Or what prevents them from testing iOS 4 on older phones?


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.).

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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.


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.

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.

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Putting a picture of a unicorn clearly belongs to a news article, and not your blog.


C'mon now, lets leave the unicorn out of this. What did he ever do to you?


RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By sprockkets on 7/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By JasonMick (blog) on 7/29/2010 12:57:10 AM , Rating: 5
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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.


Did you accidentally forget a factual-based argument to support your wild claims?? It's not too late...

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Seeing as how this is about the older iphones, why couldn't Apple test it in the wild?


I was primarily referring to Apple's hardware issues with that regard. In this case I'm not quite sure quite why Apple didn't identify this problem sooner. I'll give Apple that it can at least *usually* use its secrecy and design desires as excuses for problems and shortcomings. This time it merely seems to have screwed up out of pure sloppiness.

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Yeah, you do it for others, but Apple is clearly your favorite.


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?


RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By tastyratz on 7/29/2010 8:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
I hardly think you are posting in any fanboy fashion there Jason. You acknowledged liking several things and it was outweighed with flaws. They are hardly fabricated but legitimate flaws.

I think this accusation falls more under "you smelled it you dealt it"

It's Apples infallible holier than thou arrogance that attracts all this negative publicity in hopes perhaps of a glimmer of humility. Maybe if dt writes more on major apple flaws, then apple should start doing things right in that glass house? If there was nothing to write about there wouldn't be any articles...

Also I don't know how much I would weight that AT&T is "trying". The fact that they are trying does not fix issues with their network, results do. Until they do its still an inferior network. You don't want your mechanic to tell you he is trying for several weeks, you just want your car back.


RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By sprockkets on 7/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By JasonMick (blog) on 7/29/2010 11:21:12 AM , Rating: 4
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You asked. Check your comments on your article dealing with AMD's profit.


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...

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Put it on your blog, not the news section.


I do!
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=18340

Enjoy!

But I'm also not going to stop reporting on Apple's problems because it offends your delicate sensibilities. Sorry, pal!


RE: Apple QC, blows goats
By sprockkets on 7/29/2010 12:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
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...


How about "This is Jason Mick. What did you expect?" Your reputation is quite known for sensationalism. Like your headline "Apple bans apps" when no such thing happened nor was supported by anything in that article, or how you put a picture of an open iphone 4 with the line, "Notice how there is no insulation on the metal antenna" when it goes on the outside, not inside, or how you painted Rambus as a company who doesn't make any products when everyone knows they made RDRAM, or your article about Win7 mobile was 80% rehash of your other articles with nothing new of any substance?

Calling it a typo is utterly wrong; you mixed up millions with billions and gross and net profit. That's just sloppy editing.

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But I'm also not going to stop reporting on Apple's problems because it offends your delicate sensibilities. Sorry, pal!


Report it all you like. Don't sensationalize, don't paint everything black and white - that's not professional. No one else but you does that here.


"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997














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