The new operating system for the older Apple iPhones is not playing well. If you own an older model iPhone and have a hard time with iOS 4, you are not alone. The new operating system was designed for faster processors. Take a look at what you may be able to do here.
Many are reporting a glitch of the iOS 4 with the older models of the iPhone. Slowing down and guzzling the battery juice are common problems. Its not like the older iPhone models did not already have a problem with keeping the battery charged. Now the new operating system exacerbates it. The former problems seem to be pinned down to the 3G model. The 3GS model is not reported to have battery problems connected to the iOS 4 system. It is reported to have the same problem with lethargic operation.
Apple has been duly notified and they are on track with a work-around. Developers for the world of Apple have been creating the iOS 4 Beta 2. It is hoped this will be eliminating the slowness. There is no word yet on if the Beta 2 version will deal with the battery drain problem.
A warning was previously published by Apple. They stated to the world that not all the features of iOS 4 would be available on older model iPhones. That is still no excuse for what is going on today. The former problem with iPhone 4 antennas combined now with the slow operation of older models takes the complaint level to the upper limits. iOS 4 on older models of iPhones just does not work well yet. What is the fix ? The best fix for now is to hold off before installing the iOS 4 system on your older iPhone. It is possible to downgrade a 3G or 3GS after upgrading, but the process is involved.
If you thought you were going to get the screen “multi touch” feature on a 3G phone with the iOS 4 system, it is not going to happen. The processor on the 3G can not handle the same tasks as the 3GS. This is one of the “warnings” that Apple was talking about earlier. The “pinch and zoom” feature will work with iOS 4 and a 3GS iPhone.
As other locations chime in on the iOS 4 problems it become appartent this is not limited to just a few devices. Videos are springing up at youtube. They show that iOS 4 is 40 percent slower to launch on the 3G phone. Similarly, shooting a photo is 54 percent slower. Accessing the settings is an astounding 125 percent slower. There is one bright point. In the side-by-side tests the Safari browser is 37 percent faster.
Other perhaps non-related problems are also popping up with iOS 4. People who hook up their upgraded iPhones to their car stereos are having compatibility problems. It is probably not something Apple will feel obliged to fix. It will be something the car stereo manufacturers will have to deal with. It may also be a reason for stereo manufacturers to make a quick buck or two. With every Apple update, this problem seems to rear its head. If you are having this problem, you could contact Apple, but it may be easier to contact those who made the stereo.
The major problems of slowness and batteries going dry can be fixed. It just remains to be seen how long it will take Apple to fix them. For now, you may not want to upgrade just yet.