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  • iOS 4.2: Smoother and (A Little) Faster on iPhone 3G
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    With iOS 4.2 set to drop as soon as this week, hopes are high for stability and performance improvements, especially on older hardware, and some tests of the iOS 4.2 golden master on the iPhone 3G are showing encouraging signs of improvement. TiPB ran through a comparison of iPhone 3.2 versus iOS 4.0 and iOS 4.2 in the video above, and felt it showed better speed and smoothness. My own experience is a little less dramatic, but it's obvious that significant work has been done to make the new "grand unified" firmware work more smoothly on older devices.

    TiPB noticed bad scrolling lags and jumpy responsiveness when typing, which are pretty common complaints. My own 3G - bought on the first day of release back in 2008 - performed similarly poorly with 4.02, and I've pretty much ignored the old brick ever since I got my iPhone 4. (Plans to load Android on it for chuckles just never materialized.) I did a few tests for a baseline: The ModMyi app loaded in ten seconds, and Doom II RPG took 13 seconds to get to the splash screen. Though I know it's not ready for 4.2 yet, I baselined Cydia as well: 5 seconds from double-tap to the "Loading Data..." message, and another agonizing 20 before the Home screen comes up. I figured it'll be interesting to compare once the final update is released.

    I had to get 4.1 along the way anyway so that I could jailbreak the golden master, so I loaded it on the 3G and did a comparison: speeds and smoothness were pretty much identical, as I'd expected. So I was really looking forward to see some change with 4.2, but unfortunately the difference was... well, underwhelming. There's no doubt that the UI lost the lagginess it had with 4.02 and 4.1, and things like typing are much smoother, but it's still pretty slow. Maybe if I used my 3G on a daily basis, I'd appreciate the improvements more. I guess I'd just call it an evolution rather than a revolution, but that's still good, right?

    Anyway, I don't know if this going to be enough to get the lady who's suing Apple to back down, but there's enough here to recommend it to anyone who's still rocking their iPhone 3G. Given that golden masters are almost always binary equivalent to the released code, this bodes pretty well for owners of older devices.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.2: Smoother and (A Little) Faster on iPhone 3G started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. needweeds's Avatar
      needweeds -
      Great!!!! Can't wait to upgrade and JB my 3G... ios 4.1 is draining my battery big time!!!
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      I'm eligible for an iPhone 4 upgrade in a few weeks, so until then I'll be rocking my 3G
    1. nickxab's Avatar
      nickxab -
      Yay !!!
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Im on an iPod Touch 3G and the one thing that I'm really going to appreciate is the keyboard fix. I use textfree a lot and almost every other letter the keyboard freezes. I usually continue to type blindly until it catches back up.
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      finally. i am sick and tired of the laginess from 4.1. I feel that chick's pain
    1. glacius7's Avatar
      glacius7 -
      why would you want to update your firware for the iPhone? if you update then you will pretty much lose your privilege of jailbreak until Dev-Team releases another crack for it.

      i noticed 4.1 is lagging a little bit and somewhat wifi couldn't reach at max speed either.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I hope ios 4.2 is also fast on the iphone 4
    1. Retrolock's Avatar
      Retrolock -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I hope ios 4.2 is also fast on the iphone 4
      eh, iPhone 4 is fast already even in 4.1. It's the 3G users that need the speed boost.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I guess after three months I'll have to stop procrastinating and fix my iTunes error 1601. I use an iPt4 though. But every once in a while the keyboard sticks for a second. I get more crashes than I should too.
    1. bcondemi's Avatar
      bcondemi -
      When's the damn unlock coming?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Don't thread jack!
      Quote Originally Posted by bcondemi View Post
      When's the damn unlock coming?
    1. bftiedt's Avatar
      bftiedt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Be Expressive View Post
      I'm eligible for an iPhone 4 upgrade in a few weeks, so until then I'll be rocking my 3G
      I'm pretty sure if your eligible anytime in 2010 you can upgrade now. That's how I got mine on release day
    1. nylmartinez's Avatar
      nylmartinez -
      I'm really excited about the release because to my understanding the unlock can't be far away, right? I would also like to know if anyone has any knowledge as to how I would be able to UNLOCK my iphon 3g once the unlock comes out without having to use wifi (used during cydia ultrasnow download) as mine is broken. THANKS!
    1. gerguter's Avatar
      gerguter -
      I am still rocking my 3G and iOS 3.1.3. I have tried 4.0-4.1 and each time I keep going back to 3.1.3. It can be a pain in the *** but better than running a super slow phone!
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      The answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42.

      Errr, I mean iOS 4.2
    1. MalayZN's Avatar
      MalayZN -
      turning off the clicking noise for keyboard makes it even smoother. ^_^
    1. albrevng's Avatar
      albrevng -
      It would be the same as in IOS 4.2, believe me.
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      Quote Originally Posted by bftiedt View Post
      I'm pretty sure if your eligible anytime in 2010 you can upgrade now. That's how I got mine on release day

      Where did you get yours, Apple or AT&T

      EDIT: just found an article online about that, nevermind my last post
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Be Expressive View Post
      Where did you get yours, Apple or AT&T

      It does not matter, it's all through AT&T regardless.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      my 3G is sitting in the original box since i got my iphone4 nice to know there will be some improvement for people using the older phones