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  • Apple Looking into Sluggish iPhone 3G After iOS4 Upgrade



    The users forum over at Apple tells the story of the latest concern that should be - and probably is - on the minds of those at Apple. As it turns out, plenty of iPhone 3G owners - and perhaps you're one of them - are greatly disappointed with their decision to upgrade to the new iOS4. Why? It seems more than a few users who have done so now find themselves with an iPhone of "degraded quality" - that is, a device that operates slower and and much less fluidly than before.

    One registered user (registered as George Stark) complained: “My iPhone 8Gb 3G is soooo slow after ‘upgrading’ to OS4. Unlocking the phone sometimes takes 5-10 seconds and the home screen icons literally stop converging halfway through and then 2 seconds later, finish off. Other things are ridiculously slow, such as opening and replying to texts. Good one Apple, maybe you want us all to upgrade to the iPhone 4 so that OS4 actually runs at a manageable speed?”

    George isn't alone. In fact, Apple is right there with him - at least in terms of possessing a curiosity as to why this is happening on a more frequent basis (although it isn't exactly clear just how widespread this problem is). Apple, according to the folks at Wired, is now looking into the complaints. “We are aware of these reports and we are investigating,” an Apple rep told the publication.

    We may not have an official response from Apple for some time, but it's clear to many that the decision to make models prior to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3gs compatible with iOS4 was ill-advised. As Wired reminds us, the "S" in 3GS stands for "speed." With a substantially slower processor in the iPhone 3G, it's quite possible that iOS4, while "compatible" with the iPhone 3G in theory, may not actually not be such a wise move in practice - at least not if "speed" is a major objective in your iPhone user experience.

    Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Looking into Sluggish iPhone 3G After iOS4 Upgrade started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 141 Comments
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Messany master of late news. Ur late about 4 hours but good news anyway
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      3.1.3 at times seem to slow down the 3g, Why even bother upgrading to iOs 4.0 for folders?.

      I think 3.1.2 firmware is the best for 3g
    1. Shanks12's Avatar
      Shanks12 -
      I noticed a big difference in speed by turning off the Spotlight Search on my 3G. I never used it anyway.. Seemed to make it run faster overall.. Especially openeing and closing apps..

      settings > general > home button > spotlight search> Uncheck All

      Try that and see if that helps ya at all..
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shanks12 View Post
      I noticed a big difference in speed by turning off the Spotlight Search on my 3G. I never used it anyway.. Seemed to make it run faster overall.. Especially openeing and closing apps..

      settings > general > home button > spotlight search> Uncheck All

      Try that and see if that helps ya at all..
      This!
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by yahoowizard View Post
      Haha, this is for all the people with 2G's and want 4.0 on their iPhones... (I have a 2G, so no, I'm not advocating buying a new iPhone every year as it comes out, but if it fails with the 3G, it's going to fail harder with the 2G)
      I thought the 3G had the same RAM and stuff as the 1st gen iPhone.

      Also, not trying to single you out, but why does everyone call the first iPhone a 2G? What about it is 2G?

      Quote Originally Posted by WNxRedruM View Post
      I've been with AT&T since 1984 and after iOS4 update my phone went from I love it, to the F*** with this crap, called AT&T about phone losing internet connection to droping calls or using "Edge" only. Before iOS4 I never had this issue with my 3gs 32 gig. I gave AT&T a call, recommend turn phone off then on, still problem, AT&T call Apple for help, back and forth we go. Well AT&T if you are reading this "SPRINT" works like a champ.
      I know a lady who had AT&T and apple tell her to call the other to get her problem fixed, so she called them both in a 3-way and talked to them at the same time. She got her problem fixed.
    1. sal_osx's Avatar
      sal_osx -
      I remeber my 3G being super slow. It was so frustrating at times. Luckily I sold my 3G for 300$ unlocked and bought a 3GS for 240$
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmel42 View Post
      I had that problem with mine and even with my iPhone4. A restore and starting from scratch fixed it. It sucked having to reenter all my numbers and other things, but it did work. Might be a setting that carries over that the new OS doesn't like.
      Not sure if you run windows, buy you can manage your contacts with Windows Address Book or Outlook. Then you just set your phone up as new and sync your contacts with the Info tab in iTunes. Saves a lot of typing The 3G should not have been allowed to update to 4.0. It has the same specs as the 2G. People may not want to hear that you will have to upgrade to the 3GS(or even better the 4), but software and Apps are going to force this. Apple knows what time it is. The 3GS will take the $99 spot of the 3G so it won't be too bad to upgrade your phone.
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      Same thing with my 2g, when i upgraded to 3.01.
      Its pretty clear that they dont want these old phones around for long.
    1. UiK's Avatar
      UiK -
      As soon as I upgraded my 3GS to iOS4, it began to constantly crash and reboot. Than it stopped turning on, even when holding the home and power button simultaneous. I'd have to leave the phone alone for about 20 minutes than try to reboot it, and if it decides to boot, it once took the phone 3 bloody hours to finish booting!

      Apple replaced it for me yesterday, with iOS4 on it. Haven't had any problems with it yet, but it's still day one. Anyway iPhone4 comes out in Australia tomorrow and my network (and employer) are offering 50% off the upgrade free so I thinks I'll take up the offer.

      Anyone wanna buy a 2 day old 3GS?
    1. Twiggi's Avatar
      Twiggi -
      I guess I'm in the minority. My 16GB 3G is running IOS4.0.1 with no noticeable difference in speed from 3.1.2
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by WNxRedruM View Post
      I've been with AT&T since 1984 and after iOS4 update my phone went from I love it, to the F*** with this crap, called AT&T about phone losing internet connection to droping calls or using "Edge" only. Before iOS4 I never had this issue with my 3gs 32 gig. I gave AT&T a call, recommend turn phone off then on, still problem, AT&T call Apple for help, back and forth we go. Well AT&T if you are reading this "SPRINT" works like a champ.
      Let me get this straight, you update the OS on your phone and didn't work as well as before the update so you call the cellular provider? Everything worked fine until you installed new software from Apple so you assume AT&T must be having issues? Your deductive reasoning is incredible.

      Pathetic.
    1. shmi117's Avatar
      shmi117 -
      How did you guys sell an iPhone 3G, buy the iPhone 4, and still have profit??? Anyways, my iPod Touch 2g is awesome on iOS4. Safari is bugging me though with it's slowness.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by britcan View Post
      Same thing with my 2g, when i upgraded to 3.01.
      Its pretty clear that they dont want these old phones around for long.
      It's not that they don't want them around. Technology has outpaced them. And consumer demand for more and more features is pushing these phones to their End Of Life phases.
    1. bzpilot's Avatar
      bzpilot -
      There are modified iOS versions available out there for the 2G and 3G that work great!

      I am running one on a 2G based off of 3.1.3 that has many cool options including some options from iOS4:

      Jailbreaking, Unlocked, Wallpapers from iOS4, Springboard Wallpaper, iOS4 Dock, Reflective Dock, iOS4 Icon, Battery Percentage, Bluetooth Tethering, Native MMS, TXT Character Counter, USB Tethering, Video Recording, Multitasking and more!

      On top of it all it functions even much faster than the stock 3.1.3. Developer removed a ton of stuff (plists) not used by older 2G and 3G models to free up ram. My 2G feels and performs similar to the way it did when it was new running the 1.X iOS versions.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I have a 3G and its slow, my brother has a 3GS and its also slow, my other brother has a 3G and his is again slow, a friend has a 3G and his is really slow, a whole heap of his customers have 3G and 3GS and they are all slow.

      All iphones are running iOS4 and iOS401.

      Nice update Crapple... NOT. You are more and more like $ony with every update. Adding useless crap that bloats and slows down the system forcing us to update to the new hardware.

      I think the HTC Desire is more and more appealing now. Time to change.
    1. eyeRobot's Avatar
      eyeRobot -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonerookie View Post
      Sold my 3G 8gb for more than I paid for my iPhone 4
      Maybe the initial payment, but you'll still be paying for that phone for a while yet!
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      Let me get this straight, you update the OS on your phone and didn't work as well as before the update so you call the cellular provider? Everything worked fine until you installed new software from Apple so you assume AT&T must be having issues? Your deductive reasoning is incredible.

      Pathetic.
      yes, the typical iDevice owner should scare you.
    1. mamirza's Avatar
      mamirza -
      Quote Originally Posted by SMokemyPole88 View Post
      3.1.3 at times seem to slow down the 3g, Why even bother upgrading to iOs 4.0 for folders?.

      I think 3.1.2 firmware is the best for 3g
      So, is there anyway to downgrade to 3.1.2 firmware ?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Yes. Download the 3.1.2 ipsw and shift/restore back down to 3.1.2. Jailbreak with Blackra1n.com.
    1. mamirza's Avatar
      mamirza -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Yes. Download the 3.1.2 ipsw and shift/restore back down to 3.1.2. Jailbreak with Blackra1n.com.
      will Apple server not block signing 3.1.2 ipsw ?