Jobs offers relief for iOS 4-running iPhone 3Gs
Software update will fix slowdowns, apparently
iPhone 3G owners who have installed iOS 4 and regretted it can take heart. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has apparently promised a software update "soon" that may bring the handset back up to speed.
Not only the original iOS 4.0 update but also the subsequent 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 tweaks have failed to run as quickly on the 3G as iOS 3 - then iPhone OS 3 - did, causing consternation among 3G owners who don't need or want to update their hardware.
One of them this weekend emailed Steve about this and received a reply: "Software update coming soon."
iOS 4.1 has already been provided to app developers, so it's likely this is the imminent update Jobs is referring to. Of course, the Apple boss didn't explicitly say the new firmware will fix the 3G's performance problems, but that's a reasonably assumption to make.
The irony is that iOS 4 on the 3G lacks the software's key feature: multi-tasking. So the one element most likely to have caused the old handset to slow down isn't present. ®
Erm, no. Apple haven't confirmed anything (or even acknowledged a problem), there's just 3rd hand evidence of an email from Steve. I imagine his real thought is "just buy a new phone, not a big deal"
The real perspective to have is not to rejoice at the fact Apple are "supporting" a 2 year old phone, rather they've effectively neutered the phone via the largely automated update process and then, as ever, gone dark as to whether the problem exists, and denied there being a way to go back.
For me, I refused to upgrade my 3G having seen what it did to my partner's and friend's. This left me vulnerable to the PDF exploit, which I could either accept or jump on board with crippling my phone and hoping Steve Jobs may email me to hint at a possible fix. That's worse than no support.
It's too late now anyway. I've finally taken the leap to jailbreaking and will never look back. The only thing I was missing for iOS4 was folders, and frankly I'm much happier to pay $0.99 for Categories SB. I'm also about to make the leap to $9.99 for wireless syncing - yet another lost revenue stream.
And to think, about a year ago I'd probably have described myself as borderline Apple Fanboi. Where do I return my badge?
To put things in perspective
People may moan about the slowness, but there is at least a fix in the works. I can't think of many phone makers who would bother to support a two year old handset.
Look at the poor HTC Hero owners, phone released July 2009, took a year before they got a 2.1 upgrade and 2.2 isn't planned. 2.1 apparently also erased all user data.
not too long
hope this will not too long.
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not so easy...
Id love to move away from iPhone, but being a ipod owner since the mini came out, I have now amassed a collection of products explicitly designed for ipod/phone... No other phone integrates as universally well with 3rd party consumer electronics...
Yes i can plug most phones into a hifi and listen to music, using the heaphone socket or USB connection - as a mass storage device... But my Iphone charges, is controlled by my steering wheel buttons, displays album art, playlists, etc on the car display and handsfree...