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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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I got the same problem. I have to downgrade to 3.1.2.
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by kupochan View Post
      Upgrading to iOS4 practically ruined my 3G. The only real option was to downgrade back to 3.1.2. Let's not forget that the 3GS was only released last year so it's not even like I'm running an obsolete phone and it's crazy they would try to phase it out already
      Well, technically your phone is exactly the same (with the exception of 3G and GPS) as the first generation iPhone. so for arguments sake, your phone is based on 3 year old technology, going on 4.
    1. dougal22's Avatar
      dougal22 -
      I can understand the older slower 3G having problems with IOS4 but i can't understand how some 3GS people are having problems. 3GS is considerably faster than the 2G or 3G.

      I have a 3GS with iOS4 and it works perfectly. No bugs, no crashes, no slow down what so ever. Never crashed once.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
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    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      A clean DFU restore to iOS4.01 and the phone is almost as snappy as 3.13.
      Upgrading from 3.xx is what causes most problems or restoring from a backup made in 3.xx but a DFU restore is definitely faster than a non-DFU restore which is a bit surprising.
      Enabling Multitasking or wallpaper also affects performance a lot - probably why Apple have them disabled.
    1. Lurpticon's Avatar
      Lurpticon -
      Quote Originally Posted by nave3d View Post
      3G shouldnt even have OS4. why do people even own a 3G anymore? I gave mine to my daughter and it still has 3.1.2 but shes 3 and it works perfect for her

      I still have a G3, Mainly because I can't afford a $500 to $600 dollar phone right now. People still have 3G because a lot of us bought ours 2 months before the 3GS was released, and are not eligible for an upgrade yet. Hell I'm still not eligible until April or May of next year before I can upgrade.

      So in closing that is "why people still own 3G".

      Have a nice day
      Lurpticon
    1. brfc1875's Avatar
      brfc1875 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nave3d View Post
      3G shouldnt even have OS4. why do people even own a 3G anymore? I gave mine to my daughter and it still has 3.1.2 but shes 3 and it works perfect for her
      Maybe because people got one on a 24 month contract you dope !!
    1. INFAMOUS350's Avatar
      INFAMOUS350 -
      You cant expect to run a new OS on old hard ware of course its not gonna perform well lol. Its like taking a windows 98 pc and throwing on xp or vista lol. Either stick with the old OS or upgrade your hardware and stop complaining your phone is like 4 years old.
    1. cypher7810's Avatar
      cypher7810 -
      Typical Apple.

      User: I cant use the new update.
      Apple: Your device is outdated, you have to upgrade
      User: I got it less than 2 years ago
      Apple: OMG that is like forever ago, we dont support ancient products
      User: But I cant just use my old software you forced me update my OS and now my phone barely works, and if I get a new one, all of my old cases and accessories wont work.

      Apple: So what?
    1. brfc1875's Avatar
      brfc1875 -
      Quote Originally Posted by INFAMOUS350 View Post
      You cant expect to run a new OS on old hard ware of course its not gonna perform well lol. Its like taking a windows 98 pc and throwing on xp or vista lol. Either stick with the old OS or upgrade your hardware and stop complaining your phone is like 4 years old.
      Dont be ridiculous the iphone 3G is 2 years old it was released on the 11th July 2008

      My PS3 is 5 Years old and cost significanlty less than my iphone, yet it works perfectly after firmware updates.

      So yes damn right I should complain !!

      [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone[/ame]
    1. Lurpticon's Avatar
      Lurpticon -
      Quote Originally Posted by INFAMOUS350 View Post
      You cant expect to run a new OS on old hard ware of course its not gonna perform well lol. Its like taking a windows 98 pc and throwing on xp or vista lol. Either stick with the old OS or upgrade your hardware and stop complaining your phone is like 4 years old.

      Your completely right. And That is why I went back to 3.1.3
      But I'm sticking with my story of I can't upgrade for another 8 to 9 month from now

      DAMN YOU AT&T with your 2 year contract!

      With Love
      Lurpticon
    1. brfc1875's Avatar
      brfc1875 -
      Yep I am ith 02 in the UK and I must have got the 3G about 1 month before the 3gS came OUT !!!

      I have also gone back to 3.1.3
    1. Lurpticon's Avatar
      Lurpticon -
      Quote Originally Posted by brfc1875 View Post
      Dont be ridiculous the iphone 3G is 2 years old it was released on the 11th July 2008

      My PS3 is 5 Years old and cost significanlty less than my iphone, yet it works perfectly after firmware updates.

      So yes damn right I should complain !!

      iPhone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Good point...But

      As well as the XboX 360 and the PS3 both go. Microsoft and Sony do not have "The Next Gen Console" out yet. So the hardware will all ways have to support the software. Because if they don't then they are both dumb.
    1. aceman223's Avatar
      aceman223 -
      I actually downgraded my phone back to 3.1.3 after having multiple issues of apps crashing. DEFINITELY a problem for the 3G!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I still use a 3G because I still like it.
      I can't justify the cost of upgrading. The 3GS was better and the iPhone 4 is better still, but is it worth me shelling out £500+ (less what I'd get for my 3G)?
      I've yet to convince myself. Maybe when T-Mobile get it and my contract runs out in October, but until then I'm still happy with my 3G running iOS4.01
    1. DontBplayaHaten's Avatar
      DontBplayaHaten -
      I got a 3g and it run better now then when it was running 3.1.2 & im jailbroken on 4.0

      I have a 3g and it run way better on 4.0 i am jailbroken too
    1. Shanks12's Avatar
      Shanks12 -
      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..
      Try this ^ if your 3G is running that bad.. Helped mine out...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I have mentioned the performance with 4.0 on the 3G many days ago. Solution-Run redsnow de-select everything and let it finish. Next, uncheck all spotlight. The Problem is Winterboards "user wallpaper" does not work with 4.0 as well as alot of Cydia Themes. This means a black homescreen is all your going to enjoy. fyi: if u run redsnow and add any 1 of the features: battery percentage, multitasking, or homescreen anyone of them will slow down the 3G. I absolutely love the "homescreen feature." I added that feature cuz I don't like all black homescreen. Another speed fix is not adding Winterboard! I know don't fall out the chair. If your on 4.0 and want your 3G fast, don't add Winterboard, uncheck spotlight, and deselect all features in redsnow. Your 3G will be perfectly fast and unlocked (adding ultrasn0w 0.93) via cydia. My 2 cents.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      The 3G iPhones processor is just to slow to handle it properly. It's like trying to install windows vista on a desktop 5 years old it will work but will be slow as hell and will crash constiently.
      Vista was total crap from the get-go on even brand new machines. If you're trying to install Vista on a 5-year old machine, you're an idiot just for trying to install Vista, period.

      Windows 7, on the other hand, runs flawlessly on an 8 year old Dell Dimension that I setup for my son.
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      People dont have the money to keep buying a new phone every two years. Especially iphones. Yes apple should release new devices like they are but they shouldnt screw over the people that bought their product only two years ago. That just makes me NOT want to continue buying from apple.