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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 7/29/2010 12:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
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.

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.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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