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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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and silence is golden
By Chaser on 7/29/2010 9:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone notice that since the iPhone design issues have risen along with Consumer Reports pulling their recommendation for the 4th iPhone that the usual 2 or 3 Apple fanboi trolls -that are always in red, that I never read- have vanished?

This must be a very trying time for them. This one,two knockdown punch of free bumpers (ha ha!) and Android's unprecedented market growth must be almost too much for them to bear.




RE: and silence is golden
By joeballow on 7/29/2010 8:15:34 PM , Rating: 2
They may have had a rough go for a few weeks, but I doubt they are hurting, they are wiping the floor with most of the competition as far as revenue.


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