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.