Lawsuit: Apple's New Operating System Intentionally Slowed Older iPhones

Some iPhone owners say Apple’s iOS 4 tossed some sand in the gears of their older iPhones, and at least one angry customer thinks it was all part of Apple’s plan to make iPhone owners sour on their devices and upgrade to the iPhone 4.

Ars Technica reports a California woman has sued Apple in Superior Court over the issue and hopes to turn her complaint into a class action suit. Her beef is not only that the iOS 4 makes the older iPhones run slower and suffer from bugs, but that it takes the ability of a hacker to revert back to a previous operating system.

iPhone owners who stuck with a 3GS or older phone, how is iOS 4 working out for you?

Lawsuit: Apple turned iPhone 3Gs into “iBricks” to boost iPhone 4 [Ars Technica via GeekSugar]

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  1. obits3 says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. Did these owners really think that going from an OS with almost no multitasking to one with multitasking would make it faster?

    I don’t complain that I don’t have enough RAM to use Windows 7.

    • ill informed says:

      the 3G and 2G don’t have multitasking on 4.0+. try again.

      • obits3 says:

        …But you do see what I’m getting at. Aside from things like Linux, most newer OS’s don’t run on old hardware. Note that the article says 3GS or older phone…

        • ill informed says:

          note that the plaintiff in the lawsuit owns a 3G, not a 3Gs.

        • FreshPorcupineSalad says:

          Correct, but Apple is FORCING upgrades. It’s not like the lady decided to upgrade to iOS 4 on her own and is complaining that it’s slow.

        • c_c says:

          Yea but they were selling the 3G as late as this spring – so theoretically someone could be stuck w/ it until Spring 2012 – a consumer has a reasonable expectation that if they buy a phone this year and Apple decides to release an upgrade for it a couple of months later, it won’t render the phone almost unusable for everyday tasks such as checking your text messages. It’s not like they threw the same iOS 4 that is on the iPhone 4 – it’s a highly gimped version that supposedly the 3G is supposed to be able to handle, but they failed miserably at this.

          • obits3 says:

            Looking at your avatar, I’m sure you know that there are plenty of Android things that don’t run 2.0 that you can buy in the store today.

            • c_c says:

              Yes but those manufacturers aren’t putting out releases that they say will work w/ said phones…

            • Destron says:

              Yes, Android updates aren’t forced on the users unless the device support it. You won’t see them pushing Froyo to a G1. You may not be able to use all the apps in the market, but at least your phone is not unbearable to use.

          • darcmosch says:

            I actually bought my iphone 3g about 2 or 3 months ago, so they have still been selling them at stores for longer than that (this was at&t in the local mall) It was new because the sales clerk offered me a refurbished with 16GB instead of 8 but i avoid anything refurbished phone like the plague

        • BobOki says:

          Actually most newer OSs run just fine on older hardware. As a matter of fact, I will challenge you to find an older machine that will run win7 and xp that runs xp faster than win7.
          Sounds to me like Apple released the os, has ALL the features RUNNING/LOADED but just disabled them for 3g or lower. This means they take all the performance hit without any benefit.

    • AustinTXProgrammer says:

      Simple fix then… Apple needs to allow os downgrades.

      • thor79 says:

        Excatly…the woman’s point about Apple forcing people into buying newer iPhones is pretty easy to strike down. No one is forcing her into anything.

        The real point is that Apple provides no way to easily go back to a previous iOS version.

        For the terms obits3 put it in, it would be like choosing to upgrade to Windows 7 if your computer supported it, then not being able to downgrade when it ran slower than you expected. The issue here is not being able to downgrade using officially supported means.

    • pdj79 says:

      If you’re using a 3G you do not get multitasking or background images for the Home page. In fact, aside from the Folders, nothing new was really brought to the table for iOS4 on 3G users. I can attest that not only did iOS 4 slow my phone down considerably, it also broke several of my apps that I can no longer use. Slacker Radio, in particular, is pretty much unusable at this point as it runs out of memory about 2 or 3 songs into a listening session. You can say “Just use Pandora” all you want, but I am a paying Slacker Premium user and get unlimited skips…I bought into it because of the iPhone app. They have tweaked the program as much as they can and usually I can go an hour of listening after a fresh reboot but, seriously, should I have to go to these measures? Especially when the last version of iOS didn’t suffer from this issue and, again being a 3G owner, iOS 4 really added no value to the package.

      And before anyone gets on their high horse and tells me I shouldn’t have upgraded…that’s all well and good if it wasn’t for the fact that several apps that have come out/been updated since iOS 4 are either unable to be used on iOS 3.x or have added functionality that only works in iOS 4 (calendar sharing with Bump being a big one).

      So while I can see your point with the 3GS being slow because they increased functionality that requires more RAM to maintain the performance which cannot be achieved without upgrading to the iPhone 4, I challenge you on making the same argument for the 3G as we didn’t get any additional bells and whistles, save for the Folders. Hell, we can’t even have Game Central, even though systems like OpenFeint have been doing this for over a year now for all iOS devices.

      • minjche says:

        “And before anyone gets on their high horse and tells me I shouldn’t have upgraded…that’s all well and good if it wasn’t for the fact that several apps that have come out/been updated since iOS 4 are either unable to be used on iOS 3.x or have added functionality that only works in iOS 4 (calendar sharing with Bump being a big one).”

        Newer apps and functions are totally irrelevant. That’s like complaining that you can’t run Office 2010 on your Windows 95 machine.

        New technology comes out. I’m sorry to deliver this devastating news to you, but sometimes you need to buy new stuff.

        Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go complain that my Blu-ray player won’t play my vinyl records.

        • Scuba Steve says:

          I have good news for you. Sometimes you dont’ need to buy new stuff. Sometimes companies aren’t dicks to their users.

          For everything else, there’s always a lawsuit.

        • pdj79 says:

          And that’s all well and good, if their changes required some groundbreaking coding that required the necessity to upgrade. Being able to share a calendar requires an OS upgrade? Really? If this was a huge leap in technology I would understand this…but we’re talking about 4MB productivity apps here, not Crysis 2 on Windows ME.

          • minjche says:

            That’s annoying, yeah.

            Unfortunately, Bump is an independent application that isn’t made or supported by Apple, so it’s not really fair to complain about Apple when it’s a third party app giving you troubles.

        • kouotsu says:

          Your analogies are pretty poor in that they all relate to something like new software for Windows, an OS that has always been compatible with a wide and customizable range of hardware. Apple knows EXACTLY what every little piece of hardware is in every single phone that is running iPhone’s OS. If they tell you to update your old iPhone to their new OS, there is no excuse for it working poorly. Windows software will supply you with minimum system requirements. Apple does not, nor should they need to, since they KNOW for a fact, down to the tiniest component, what your system is. Therefore, any updates to the OS should be able to be interpreted as an update that adds efficiency and/or functionality. Not an update that might slow down your device. Going from iPhone OS 3 to 4 is much more equivalent to downloading monthly updates for Windows 7. The performance of your hardware should not be relevant nor should it be at risk.

          • minjche says:

            That’s what makes an analogy an analogy. It’s not 0% of 100% the same.

            If you look at the point I’m trying to make with the analogy, it holds (IMO). If you look at 17,000 other comparisons, then yeah you’re going to find differences.

        • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

          OS 3 and OS for weren’t made 15 years apart like your example. It hasn’t been very long since 4 was released. There shouldn’t be this many issues yet.

    • aloria says:

      Your point would be valid if the upgrades weren’t compulsory.

      • minjche says:

        Could you explain more about how the upgrades are compulsory? Perhaps cite something?

        • pdj79 says:

          While it might not be “compulsory” in your eyes, but seeing the following message would leave me to believe this is something I need to do:

          “There is an update available for your iPhone (iOS 4.x). Click here to install.”

          Yeah, I can ignore it…but it comes up every time I plug my phone in. It sits there, taunting me with it’s false sense of awesomeness. Upgrades can’t be bad. It’s free and my iTunes is TELLING I can do it. I don’t have to purchase it, there aren’t any warnings that my phone is not compatible with the OS, that there may be performance issues if I perform this update, or even “Update at your own risk”. Just two buttons, Download Only or Download and Install. Yeah, nothing here would make me thing this is bad for my phone.

          • minjche says:

            You’re the one who clicked the button. Apple should have put in more testing and it’s their fault for not including any disclaimers to 3G owners when they were prompted. Still, though, you’re the one who clicked the button.

            • CartmanPat says:

              Apps quickly begin to require the new OS once it’s been introduced. Not instantly, but it doesn’t take long. Also, to whoever thinks that the 3G is slower because of multitasking: it doesn’t have multitasking even with iOS 4.

              • pecan 3.14159265 says:

                iOS 4 has been around for a while now and I haven’t had any apps require iOS 4. Every app I use is running perfectly well for my 3.0 OS on my 3G. They’ve all been tested for iOS 4 to make sure they are compatible, but there haven’t been any apps that I have seen that are exclusively only for iOS 4 and do not have any version for the other operating systems.

                • Pelonis says:

                  When ios4 finally comes out for iPad, then all the apps will be requireing you to upgrade. Most app makers want to be compatible with the iPad and iPad is still stuck with 3.2

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            I don’t see how a pop up message notifying you of an update translates to “DOWNLOAD NOW OR DIE.” It’s pretty much up to you to know what you’re doing. It’s been the same way with pretty much all technology that updates once in a while.

            • pdj79 says:

              I didn’t say anything about “Download or Die”. You’re skewing the intent of my post to better support your argument. The fact is that Average Joe User isn’t going to know that this is going to screw up their 3G to the point of being unusable in some circumstances (5+ pages of apps) and there is no “supported” path for downgrading. Apple will tell you “Tough sh*t, you shouldn’t have upgraded” even though there was NOTHING to tell you that it might not be a good idea to upgrade. Saying “You should have gone online and read before you upgraded” is not a valid argument. The average, non-techie user is so used to being told to upgrade Windows to enhance performance and plug security holes (even OS X does this). What those operating systems don’t do is allow you to jump to the next version without paying for it and requiring all kinds of hoops to jump through and will even tell you that your stuff is not compatible with the update…..iOS 4 does NEITHER!!!! Should they know better? No. If Apple says it’s supported and makes no mention of potential performance issues and even strips functionality to make sure the OS doesn’t bog down your phone, that is a statement that they feel their product is adequate, even though it clearly isn’t. Is suing for monetary gain necessary? Hell no. What is necessary is Apple needs to be “forced” to provide an official method of downgrading their phone to an early version of iOS 3. Will that happen? Hell no. Apple doesn’t want to continue support on the old OS. So people then have to turn to the internet and follow the somewhat complicated instructions to bring the phones back to a usable state, which could potentially lead to a bricking. I see what you’re saying, but I don’t agree because it’s BS the way the updates work.

              • minjche says:

                I hear a whole lot of “Wah!” and “I need someone else to do my thinking for me”.

                • pdj79 says:

                  You can feel that way all you want, but that does not take away the fact that Apple passes the upgrade off as being the best thing for the 3G. Also, the only way to plug the pdf exploit that allows malicious code to run on my phone OR allow me to jailbreak by going to jailbreakme.com was only plugged by iOS 4.0.2. That means if I am following the rhetoric spewed by those who are taking the attitude of “Don’t upgrade”, I am at risk of the exploit and will need to suffer because I shouldn’t expect my phone to be able to keep up with the updates. Even though Windows 7 is released, Microsoft is still patching XP. Even the older OS X version users are receiving security updates. But the only course for a security update on the iPhone is iOS 4. That means Apple is forcing you to upgrade if you want to stay protected, and if you want performance that is at or better than your previous OS you’ll need to purchase a new phone. Nope, sorry, Apple’s in the wrong.

                  • minjche says:

                    I take back what I said before, now it sounds to me like you need a different phone.

                    • pdj79 says:

                      Yes – yes I do.

                    • minjche says:

                      I’m enjoying my Droid Eris, and among Verizon phones that’s the crappiest Android phone, so by extrapolation I’d assume that nicer Android phones would only be better.

                    • pdj79 says:

                      My jealousy for those who get decent Android phones is very high. The Captivate is nice, but I can’t stand the TouchWiz UI that Samsung bakes into it’s phone. And while rooting and installing a clean version of Froyo wouldn’t be that hard…its just too much of a hassle for a phone. Enjoy your phone…I should be receiving my iPhone 4 this time tomorrow.

            • mmartinek says:

              Some of us have company provided iPhones and keeping them up to date is mandatory under such policies.

        • diagoro says:

          From what he wrote (and I’ve never had an iphone, so this isn’t from experience), there is no indication that the update is for a new operating system or just a few system tweaks and updates. That’s where the issue would be to me. There should be some details regarding the update before the ‘allow’ button can be pressed.

    • Griking says:

      Microsoft has gotten away with this for years. If you don’t think that they’re intentionally raising the minimum system requirements for every OS then you’re delusional.

      • obits3 says:

        That’s why my home OS is Linux…

      • jeff_the_snake says:

        the system requirements go up because they add features while maintaining backwards compatibility. if anything they set their minimums too low. this is why they got sued over all the vista ready pcs that ran slow as hell once upgraded.

    • TheGreySpectre says:

      The difference is that if you had installed windows 7 and didn’t like it you would have the option of going back to xp pretty easily. Not so with iOS 4, apple does all it can to ensure that you can’t downgrade your phone OS. Microsoft also lists higher system requirements on their newer operating systems. If you are sitting around on an older system with less ram, the upgrade adviser will even tell you NOT to upgrade to the new operating system.

  2. Larraque eats babies says:

    If you know how to double click the home button and close open apps, you won’t have performance issues.

    • Larraque eats babies says:

      (Wanted to edit to add: IPhone 3G user here. No complaints!)

    • snowtires says:

      Multitasking doesn’t work on a 3G. iOS 4 made my 3G almost impossible to use. At one point, it took me almost ten minutes and three reboots to get the PHONE to work. I’m not one of those people with fifteen pages of apps, either, I don’t even have a single page filled. My sister and brother-in-law both had the same issues. The update definitely felt like a way to strong arm people with older model phones to upgrade.

    • uberbitter says:

      Incorrect. My husband got rid of his 3G in September because opening a single app after restarting the phone was still unbearably slow due to the forced update. It was slightly better after Apple’s “fix” but still way too slow.

      • balthisar says:

        Uh, there’s not *forced* update. Every one of the updates is optional.

        • Phanatic says:

          Yeah, it’s “optional” if you’re okay with iTunes not copying any new music you choose to purchase over to your iPod. If you actually want to listen to the stuff you just bought, then it’s not actually optional.

  3. PunditGuy says:

    I wonder if this would apply to iPods as well. Doesn’t matter in my case, as my first generation Touch won’t run iOS4 anyway. I figured that was Apple’s way of telling me to upgrade.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Whippersnapper! I see your first-generation iPod Touch and raise it my fourth-generation iPod Classic, which is still running fine.

      • nbs2 says:

        I see your fourth generation and raise a first release 3rd generation that still chugs along nicely.

        • Etoiles says:

          Ditto mine, and the only reason I got rid of my 3rd generation iPod was because in 2006 it had an Unfortunate Sidewalk Incident… not Apple’s fault that 6′ fall + landing on the corner + Staten Island sidewalk = dead iPod.

          • Etoiles says:

            …consumerist needs an edit function, or something, this didn’t go quite where it was supposed to. but the point’s more or less there.

      • PunditGuy says:

        Oh, except for the battery time slowly dwindling like the pepper in my beard, the first generation Touch is chugging along fine. I haven’t invested much in it, though, and may switch to Zune HD2 if they get 802.11n up in there.

  4. Kitty Conner says:

    It’s not. It sucks. It’s slow and unstable. The benefits of iOS4 haven’t outweighed the clumsiness of the upgrade. I would like to go back to an older iOS, if I could.

    But did Apple really intentionally make my phone act “old”? Seems like a stretch.

  5. grumpskeez says:

    Is Apple’s disregard for it’s customer base even news anymore?

  6. dgm says:

    iOS 4.x is working just fine on my 3GS. I have to wonder if all the people bellyaching about it are “doing it wrong” somehow.

    • obits3 says:

      “You’re using the home button wrong”

      -Steve

      Sent from my iHaveDisposableIncome

    • snowtires says:

      Notice the article says 3GS “OR OLDER.” iOS4 on the iPhone 3G is an absolute nightmare.

    • brianisthegreatest says:

      Well, maybe that would be an issue if people were complaining about 3GS performance. I have one that works just fine with iOS 4. However, this is about the 3G, which has a different hardware profile. You’re doing opinions wrong. =/

      • dgm says:

        From the summary: “iPhone owners who stuck with a 3GS or older phone, how is iOS 4 working out for you?”

        And from the article: “… Apple has actual knowledge of thousands of complaints from iPhone 3G/3GS consumers…”

        So no, I’m NOT doing opinions wrong; you fail at snark, but thanks for playing. Maybe you should read before posting next time.

      • dgm says:

        Some people ARE complaining about iOS 4.x on the 3GS. You would know that if you read the article.

  7. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Given that they didn’t even test the new phone design without a case to see if it had reception issues with the new antenna design, is this issue a surprise?

    They are a corporation, and that means they’re in it for profit, pure and simple. They exist to extort money out of their customers. Nothing more.

    • minjche says:

      I’m not sure I’d use the word “extort” here. You said it yourself, they’re a business. To expect a business to not want to make money is pretty naive.

      By that logic, some kid selling lemonade on the sidewalk is “extorting” his customers, too.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        In the case of apple, I think the word extort is appropriate, especially if this suit is found to have merit. Though, you could also attribute it to the fan-boy nature of most of their customers. Sheeple who go out and buy a new gadget when they know a newer better one is coming out in 6 months… but go stand in line for days to get that new one first thing. Yeah. That’s extortion – or hypnosis – or something else irrational.

        • minjche says:

          I ran out of fingers while counting the double standards and baseless generalizations in your comment.

        • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

          I guarantee that I’m more knowledgeable about technology than 99% of the world’s population, in large part thanks to my career.

          I also enjoy buying new Apple products. And new Nintendo products. And new Sony products.

          Am I a drooling Sheeple incapable of thought?

          People enjoy their Apple products because the experience with them is generally good. They go back and buy Apple stuff again because their previous purchase from Apple was good. That’s entirely rational.

    • jennix says:

      … exactly. The whole concept of providing superior products and or value was pushed to the wayside years ago. Products today contain *just* enough superiority to their competitors to separate them – or so their manufacturers believe – but not enough quality in design, parts or manufacturing to make them TRULY superior, because the profit margins are too low.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        Indeed. I get accused of being a communist by my boyfriend, but imagine how much better stuff could be if companies would just take $1 (or even LESS!) off their profit margins. Sure, they’d make $40 million instead of $100 million.. but that’s still 40 MILLION IN PURE PROFIT – after they’ve paid everyone, plus their obnoxious CEO wages, too! All that serves to do is sit in banks and get wasted on ugly Bugatti’s. O_O They could give everyone cost-of-living raises, hell maybe they could even give them cheaper healthcare. But no.

        Too much profit and greed, not enough innovation, IMO.

        • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

          Do you think innovation is free? Are labs free? Engineers? Thousands of employees are free?

          Let’s say you have a company that has 5000 employees, with an average salary of $75,000 a year because you want to hire only the best people you can get. You already have a salary overhead of approximately $375,000,000.

          Now, let’s say you pay $500,000 a year on your rent (insanely cheap office park in the burbs). You need equipment, computers, perks for the employees, taxes….

          At the end of the year, you really want to give your hard working employees a bonus. But, sadly, you decided to only take $1 of profit on each sale, so now you can’t afford a bonus. Now, the employees are pissed. People leave and go to a company that only takes $5 in profit per sale because they can afford a bonus.

          Now you’re short labor, and you start realizing you should’ve balanced your ideals with economic reality.

          Just one example. We could’ve also talked about how the $1 profit means you can never go public, buy new equipment, or afford a cash buffer in case bad times come.

    • CookieJ says:

      “Extort” is a real stretch. We all work for companies that make (or try to) money. Even non-profits make money/have revenue. Are you extorted by LL Bean when you buy a shirt?

    • ludwigk says:

      Please stop lying. You belittle all consumer advocates when your statements are blatantly false, hyperbolic, and insincere.

      Apple tested the fuck out of that antenna. They decided the design was fine. Like all phones, it has a sensitive area that effects reception. It is trivial to work around. Most people CANNOT make the phone drop a call by utilizing the “grip of death”. Then, they gave everyone a case anyway.

      Apple Acknowledged that they were not pleased with the iOS performance on the 3GS, said they would work on it, and improved it dramatically WITH THE VERY NEXT iOS update.

      Did plaintiff have a colorable claim when the suit was filed? Sure. In most jurisdictions she could probably claim substantial impairment/diminution in value, or breach of implied warranty under the UCC.

      Does her claim suffer now that iOS has been updated? YES! She can no longer claim injury, and Apple may have an affirmative defense to her claim.

  8. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    I don’t believe that anyone has ever gotten a guarantee on software. EULA’s almost always say something like “Install at own risk, and we make no claims about the fitness and usability of this software for any purpose” etc etc.

    If it runs, even if slowly and with crashes, it’s not ‘Bricked’.

    • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

      Those terms are probably unenforceable. I think people have a reasonable expectation that the proprietary OS on a locked-down device will provide full functionality of the device. Otherwise, you’re selling a dud, a defective product since a key component is non-functional or defective- the device is defective.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        User agreements that are 30 pages long and have you electronically click “Agree” have not been sown to be reliably enforced in a court of law.

      • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

        What is the functionality of the device? Does the user have a contract as to exactly what apps will work, and how responsive they will be? As long as the apps run, mostly sorta, and the phone can make calls, I think she’s up the river. It sucks, sure, but I think that’s life.

        Also, it’d be interesting to know if she was out of warranty.

        • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

          You don’t need a contract. Even at the state level, there are warranties of merchantability, warranties of use, so-called “lemon-laws,” and this isn’t even touching the top of the fact that EULAs don’t have a great track record for enforceability in courts of law. You know how going to an amusement park, there are signs stating the park isn’t liable for injuries you may sustain on a ride? Like hell they’re not. If a roller-coaster fails and promptly dumps its occupants onto the concrete- the park is liable no matter how many warnings are posted.

          IANAL, but the attorneys working for these people are, and they obviously don’t think a EULA is going to stand in their way. I suspect that the questions raised in the court will revolve around reasonable expectations on the part of the consumer.

  9. spindle789 says:

    It’s not. I don’t upgrade for a few weeks until I read how it affected others. When I heard about the slowdown, I decided not to upgrade. I have a 3G.

    • David in Brasil says:

      I didn’t see the benefit in upgrading my 3G, either. With the right (jailbroken) software, I can multitask. Folders would be nice, but not at the expense of performance.

    • CFinWV says:

      I wish I had waited, too. I’d be happy with an easy way to restore the old OS. I’m too worried about ruining my phone to give it a try…

  10. IphtashuFitz says:

    I had an iPhone 3G. I never even bothered installing iOS 4 on it. There was so much publicity about it bogging down the 3G’s that I figured it simply wasn’t worth it. It’s not like Apple forced you to install it or anything. Heck, you could even find instructions on a number of websites on how to revert back to the previous version if you did install iOS 4.

  11. salamanda says:

    At the risk of being told I’m an idiot, I will say that I had major problems with my 3G after the upgrade to iOS4. I assumed it was my fault and went into the Apple Store, where I was told by an employee that he was seeing a lot of people with the same problems as me and that there was nothing he could really do other than offer me an iPhone 4 to purchase. He mentioned that they were hoping that Apple would release another update to help with this problem, which it seems they’ve done, as a few weeks after that, I stopped having a lot of the slow-downs that I was having.

    • poco says:

      I’ve also been having problems with my 3G since the upgrade. I’ve been avoiding further software upgrades since then. You’re saying the newer updates corrected the problem?

  12. brianisthegreatest says:

    I think they honestly tried to do a nice thing by letting users with older models upgrade. However, they should have done more on their part to verify usability. If not that even, they should let people stay on the old OS with extended support or something. I know they make new models every year, but that shouldn’t leave legacy users in the dark, or stick them with something that can’t run. Apple just needs to learn how to take care of early adopters. (new zune os on original zune[wasn’t choppy])

  13. lifeat24fps says:

    Initially, yes, it was hellacious, but after a few additional updates everything is mostly smoothed out. Still lags a bit when typing in Notes. Issues like this are not unexpected when you upgrade to another OS that’s been designed around newer hardware.

    • pdj79 says:

      I challenge you on this. When I got my 3G, we were on iOS 2.2. When iOS 3 came out, I noticed no perceptible drop in performance. In fact, the memory management was considered better and the phone seemed to be just as speedy, if not more so, with the jump in version. However, since iOS 4, I have been unable to use several apps and, even after the updates to increase performance, it still takes about 10 seconds for the “Settings” page to open, where before it took maybe 2. We didn’t get all the extra enhancements like Multitasking, custom Home screens, or the camera enhancements. All we got is the Folders, and since I have to keep my 3G relatively low on the app front to prevent random Springboard crashes and necessary reboots just to make calls, I don’t benefit from this either. The OS is completely different from the OS 3GS and 4 users get and yet we have to suffer this ridiculous slowness. I’m upgrading to a 4 tomorrow, partly because I want the nicer display and better camera, but mostly because my phone has become all but unusable at this point, which is not because it’s old, but because the software that I cannot downgrade to an older version is not meant for this device. They should have just locked us out from upgrading like they did the early iPod Touch gens. We’re not missing much as it is.

  14. teamplur says:

    I have a 3g but I have not upgraded to iOS4. Just don’t see it going well for me. As it is, even without upgrading, the phone is slowing to a crawl lately.

  15. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    I have an iPhone 3G and updated to 4.x when it came out.

    The initial release (4.0?) made the phone virtually unusable due to how slow and unresponsive it became.

    The current release (4.1) is significantly better and the phone seems more responsive than with the 3.x OS.

    • LatinoGeek says:

      I came here to say this. I’m in the same boat. 4.0 was horrible. 4.1 brought back *most* of the speed I used to see with 3.x Aside from the lag when opening some of the heftier apps, it’s still usable.

      • v0rt says:

        My lady has a 3G that she hasn’t updated in forever. She doesn’t even have the latest pre-4.0 release. Do you think it’s worth it for her to upgrade to 4.1?

        • LatinoGeek says:

          4.1 on a 3G is pretty much the same as 3.2.x (albeit a tad slower.) The only visual difference is dock on the bottom and the ability to put apps into a folder. I would say, go for it, but I suggest you read up on how to revert back to the old release before you upgrade in case she’s not happy.

  16. mergatroy6 says:

    My 3G is a piece of junk since the upgrade. Screens freeze all the time and when I go to type there is a huge delay between tapping the keys and seeing any response.

    I have suspected it was a ploy by Apple to force an upgrade. Too bad it backfired because I plan to go to an Android device or just get a regular flip phone.

    • LatinoGeek says:

      (I know this is OT)

      I’d like to hear from the Android users about how the upgrade from 1.x to Froyo (2.x) went. That is, of course, if the manufacturer of your device even bothered to provide an update.

      • anarkie says:

        I had a Droid Eris. Went from 1.6 to 2.1. No problems. Then again, I also rooted and installed several custom ROMs. But the process was painless and the phone worked much better afterwards.
        I’m not one to hang on to a phone for more than a year, so I’m up to a Droid X now. The upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2 was also without any issues.
        A friend had a 3G and it always seems to be lagging. He likes his 3G, but wants a better phone. AT&T is the weakest part of the equation.

      • c_c says:

        I installed Froyo on my Hero, which is a relatively crappy phone hardware wise, and it is now faster and more responsive. Each update of Android has actually improved performance, even on older phones. Google has focused on streamlining the OS, while Apple seems to go the bloat route to add more features, which is fine for a snappy phone like the iPhone 4, but horrendous for the 3G.

      • SonarTech52 says:

        I have a HTC Hero that came with 1.6, couple months later the 2.1 upgrade was available for my phone so I installed it. It works like a champ, even a little more snazzy than before.

      • Destron says:

        Froyo is 2.2 – you cant really use 2.x cause 2.0/2.1 is eclair and 2.3 will be gingerbread.

        That said, my My Touch came with 1.5 and got the 1.6 update later on. Had no issues. I had it rooted with 2.2 for a while and updated to 2.2 as soon as a decent rom was available. Had no issues with the rooted updates to a newer OS. I just returned it to stock a couple says ago to see how the official T-Mobile OTA for 2.2 works out on it.

        My main phone is the Vibrant though and it hasn’t seen 2.2 yet.

    • Genuineduck says:

      100% same with me.

      ATT contract runs out in January. Ditching the 3G and gonna go with either HTC Evo or Samsung Epic on the far superior Sprint network.

      Screw apple and screw ATT.

    • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

      Yes, just like how the red ring of death was a ploy by Microsoft to get people to buy more Xboxes.

      Occam’s razor is your friend: Apple effed up the software. The end. Nothing more nefarious than that. It’s much better to go with the simpler explanation.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:
    • JasonR says:

      If it makes you feel any better, my 3G has suffered the same problems from release day. The standard “dork bar” response has always been to either install the newly released update, or wait for one that’s just around the next corner. My original iPhone outperforms it significantly.

  17. quail says:

    Don’t all operating systems do this (except for several Linux Distros)? Each advance in software mirrors an advance in hardware. Since it is a new operating system problems are to be expected on older systems.

    Now, if it was a matter of updates to a current OS that bogged things down then I’d have to agree that it was Apple’s plan for intentional obsolescence. It’s something I noticed with Windows XP. Shortly before Vista I noticed that after performing updates to XP my PC did act noticeably slower and sluggish. The effect only accelerated a few years into Vista’s brief reign. I did migrate to a newer PC and put Linux on the older one. An unpatched edition of XP ran lightening fast on the old machine but there was no way I was going to let that loose on the Internet unpatched. Linux to the rescue again…

  18. MsAnthropy says:

    Seems like Apple is damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they hadn’t made iOS4 available to the older models, people would be pissing and moaning about Amazon not supporting loyal customers and trying to force everyone to upgrade if they want the latest features. Also, iOS4 wasn’t forced on anyone, was it?

    I do agree that you should be able to switch back to the older OS if you want to. I upgraded to iOS4 and my phone is definitely slower for it, but I think there have been a few fixes via recent software updates, as it seems… better. But still slower than it was.

    • MsAnthropy says:

      I have an iPhone 3G, by the way.

    • minjche says:

      +1, they would have been attacked either way.

    • MsAnthropy says:

      Duh. I said “Amazon”, when I meant to say “Apple”. The reason for this being that I was thinking of how owners of the Kindle 1 got VERY mad at Amazon a few months ago when they put out software/feature updates for the Kindle 2 that weren’t available for their older Kindles. This was definitely seen by many as an attempt to force them to upgrade to the newer model, as an unjust punishment for being early adopters, etc etc etc. I was assuming the reaction would be the same if Apple had denied 3G/3GS users the chance to upgrade to iOS4.

    • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

      Seems to me that they could have done proper quality control in the first place. But that would be silly right? Poor Apple.

  19. minjche says:

    I see this as frivolous. Apple didn’t force 3G users to install iOS 4.

    I’m not going to install Windows 7 on a Pentium 2 and then sue Microsoft over it, but maybe that’s just me.

    • TehQ says:

      How so? When you hook your iphone up to itunes it tells you that there is an update. People who are not tech savvy just hit the upgrade button thinking that they are making their phone better. Your old POS computer doesn’t do that.

      • minjche says:

        Who is it who clicked the button? Who is it who made an uninformed decision to upgrade their phone’s OS?

        Sorry, but personal responsibility is trump here.

        • Greyfox2401 says:

          What kind of uninformed decision when you connect to iTunes it displays your iPhones type as a 3g 3gs or 4 So apple knows what phone you have they didn’t say a word about ios4 boning the iPhone 3G until after people started complaining.

          You can’t expect everyone to look into updates all the time to make sure they aren’t crap we really shouldn’t have to apple should have properly tested ios4 to know it is weak on the 3G

          • minjche says:

            I don’t mean to offend but I’m having trouble understanding what you’re writing (based on grammar).

            Anyway, I agree Apple should test all of their software and not release it before they’re more aquainted with how it works on their phones, but really that isn’t a problem limited to just Apple. Other commenters have made it sound like the updated iOS 4.1 fixed their iPhone 3G problems, so yeah Apple released some bad software with iOS 4.0, but they fixed it.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Actually, every operating system I’ve ever used does this – it’s called system updates, and every computer with Windows or OS X will bring up a prompt with a list of available updates. Less than tech savvy people might hit “download” to those, too and it’s not anyone’s fault but the user’s if those updates and modifications aren’t what the user wanted. If you’re going to use a computer or smartphone, you need to know the basics. I count this is one of the basics.

        • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

          Updating the operating system =! Upgrading the operating system.

          Also, it’s likely that new apps will require an upgraded operating system. What then? Whose fault is it that Apple keeps generating new iterations of iPhones and OSes without proper testing and quality controls? Apple’s. Which sounds like a pretty good reason to avoid them.

    • JoeDawson says:

      LOL… while a Pentium 2 is a bit of a stretch. I installed Windows 7 on a Pentium III (866mhz) with 512 megs of ram, and while not a speed demon, it is usable.

    • c_c says:

      Yea but Microsoft didn’t mail you a free copy of Windows 7 and say please install this on your PII, everything will be fine..
      Whereas when someone synced their 3G into iTunes when the upgrade was released the first thing they saw was a pop-up saying that they should upgrade to iOS 4… big difference.

      • minjche says:

        True, the delivery is different, but the person with their hand on the mouse making that final click remains the same.

        I don’t disagree that Apple should have done more testing and possible not even offered support for 3G’s for iOS4, and that backwards compatibility and being able to get more life out of your gadgets is a freaking awesome thing.

        BUT in the end, I’m the one clicking.

  20. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I want to sue Microsoft because my 286 runs like crap with Windows 3.11. Windows 2 worked just fine.

    • AustinTXProgrammer says:

      On the 3GS upgrades are irreversible (unless you took PRIOR action to cache old signatures) so none of the Microsoft analogies closely apply.

      • minjche says:

        I was unaware you could downgrade Windows (without having to reformat).

        • Destron says:

          Depending on how you installed the newer copy, it can be entirely possible to rollback an upgrade of a Windows OS. That’s the one reason they allow you to use it 30 days for free.

          If you do a direct upgrade it will backup all your files to allow you to downgrade later in the event you either don’t like it, or your time runs out and you choose not to register it (i.e. buy it).

          Of course you can also format and do a fresh install. But that choice is on you. If I had any doubt in my mind id prolly just upgrade, then if I decided to keep it do a fresh install.

  21. teke367 says:

    Apple definitely should make it easier to revert to the old OS without having to do something that would break the warranty (if there still is one). But I doubt this whole thing was a plan to get 3G owners to upgrade.

    If anything, I would think blocking an older phone from a new upgrade would be seen as “requiring” a user to upgrade. As in, “sorry, if you want these new features, it’s going to cost you $200+ for a new phone”

    • Michael Kohne says:

      The thing is: they did block the old phone users from the new features. The iPhone 3G can’t do multi-tasking. The only really new feature is the local alerts. And you know, I’m OK with that. I’m OK with my 3G not being able to do everything. The problem is that they’ve gone and broken existing functionality. And that’s unacceptable.

      The lawsuit will never come to anything, however. They’ll never prove it was intentional.

  22. swarrior216 says:

    I’m still on the iPhone 2G with T-mobile running 3.1.2. It’s slow and sometimes the apps crash. But it still works. No complain here. Just waiting to upgrade to WP7.

  23. Hi_Hello says:

    “that it takes the ability of a hacker to revert back to previous operating system”

    hahahah I thought that’s funny. I didn’t do an upgrade to 4.0, I knew my 3G wouldn’t be able to handle it. The hardware wasn’t design for it, Just because the OS will work on it doesn’t mean it should be installed.

    don’t itune make you do a backup before an update?? I dunno, my friend ain’t no hacker and he got it back to 3.0.

  24. console12 says:

    Everyone that says that Apple didn’t force anyone to upgrade is correct. The big problem is that once you do and you realize that it messed up your 3G, you should be able to go back to the old software. That is my biggest problem. Why can’t I be allowed to use software that works best on my phone?

  25. TehQ says:

    Apple really needs a way to easily downgrade to a previous OS. Every “older” iphone I’ve helped my customers with that has had the latest software run like crap. Apple never really said not to load this software and your average consumer will just hit upgrade software when they see it. Hopefully something comes out of this, like being able to easily downgrade to a previous OS.

    • ill informed says:

      they would also need to make 4.0 backups backwards compatible. i had to downgrade back to 3.x.x after I installed 4.0, and I had the intention to just stick with 3.x.x. but when i tried to sync my phone with itunes, it said the backup i had on file was for 4.0 only, so i was basically forced to go back to 4.0

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        That’s weird. I downgraded my phone back to 3.x.x months ago and have synced to iTunes since then. I haven’t had any problems with my backups.

        • ill informed says:

          really? i know it gave me that message when i tried to sync it with my backup. i’d love to be back on 3.x.x

  26. Macgyver says:

    The iPhone 4 has a 1ghz processor and 512 MB RAM.
    The 3gs has a 600mhz processor and 256 MB RAM.
    Both has different specs, which one you think is gonna work better.

    That’s like upgrading form XP to Vista, where it was slow, until you put in more RAM.
    That’s what you get with technology.

    And that’s what you get with Apple, they stuff gets outdated in a year.
    And unlike Microsoft, who will support older devices for some time, Apple won’t. The only thing Apple cares about, is making new products, so they can sell more and then make more money.
    But this is nothing to sue over.

    • Mulva says:

      “And unlike Microsoft, who will support older devices for some time, Apple won’t.”

      I’d say that’s slightly erroneous – OS X + Classic Environment. All the way until Tiger, that’s at least 5 years. Granted, it’s more software support, but to accommodate any old school users who like a particular version of a program (I have one client who insisted for most of those 5 years that all files be built in Quark 4), I’d say that was helpful.

      Seriously, shame on the user for not reading the specs on iOS 4 before upgrading. It was not forced – I held off on the upgrade for months on my 3Gs. I’ve experienced some slight speed reduction, but it’s worth it. I do think the folder interface is clunky, almost as clunky as Android.

      • NatsuMatto says:

        “Shame on the user”? Give me a break. If the company that makes the phone says the iOS4 update “works” on your device, what normal person (i.e. not a tech nerd) is going to doubt what is said?

        Apple screwed up. They shouldn’t have released it on the 3G, and they should further allow people to downgrade easily. If this lawsuit does that, more power to it.

  27. Battlehork says:

    Is it just that lawsuits against Apple are the only things that make the news, or do people simply not sue other companies over similar issues?

  28. Michael Kohne says:

    I certainly want them to fix the damn thing (I have a 3G and it’s really annoying that iOS 4 has slowed my phone down), I’m not sure that it was intentional on Apple’s part – I rather assumed that nobody could be bothered to test it properly on the older hardware, and that’s why it slowed down.

    Really, on the 3G you only get a few things with iOS 4: Folders, local alerts, and that’s pretty much it. Along with it we get general slowdowns (including slowdowns on the unlock screen. So far I haven’t missed any calls, but it’s come close). I’d downgrade, but I’m afraid of what apps aren’t going to work because they’ve been upgraded to iOS 4 compat and not properly tested with the older versions.

    My plan has been to (when I have spare hour) sit down with a video camera and try to reproduce the various failure, then show up at an Apple store and demand they fix it.

    Honestly, even if they get class action status, the suit will never go anywhere – unless someone turns up a smoking-gun memo from Steve saying ‘slow it down, now!’, no one will ever prove it’s more than simple incompetence.

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      Are you running 4.0 or 4.1?

      I had the same experience with 4.0 but 4.1 runs about the same as 3.x for me.

  29. c_c says:

    iOS 4 blows on the 3G … my wife complains a lot, and all my friends I know w/ the 3G that upgraded to the new OS complain too… the thing is they were still selling the damn thing as late as this spring – you’d think there was an expectation of reasonable performance. And the thing is, it barely added any features – folders and unified inbox, ooohhh!

    If Apple’s intent is to get her to buy the latest & greatest, it failed. In 2011 when her contract is up she’s switching to Android, which I have now!

  30. formatCdrive says:

    I have the 8 gb 3g and after the last set of updates it has been operating just fine. The problem I am facing now is the availability of apps that will run on my device. All the new apps that I want won’t install on my phone. I am sure no one is building apps for the old phones now so I will be forced to upgrade.

  31. ariven says:

    It did indeed make my 3g a good chunk slower, even going from screen to screen or loading or exiting applications.. but if it is indeed a “plot” by apple to force an upgrade it worked.. I now have an android.. :)

  32. thor79 says:

    My 3GS is working just fine on iOS 4.1. No speed issues unless I load it down with too much good stuff from the Cydia App Store.

    The woman makes a good point about not being able to downgrade easily. Apple provides no way to downgrade if you find the newer version slow or buggy. The only way is through the jailbreak community, which is officially not supported by Apple. In fact, Apple has gone out of it’s way to discourage the jailbreaking community. That is the only point she really has though. Honestly, I hope this leads to Apple rectifying that situation.

  33. Cyclone says:

    What i’d like to know is why iOS 4 runs so slowly on older iPhones when it adds features that hackers had added to previous versions a long time before. Seems like piss poor coding on Apples part.

  34. TVGenius says:

    If it makes class action status, let’s get the iPod Touches in there too. They got hammered by the upgrade too.

  35. cromartie says:

    The OS works fine. However my battery life has declined significantly. A disappointment.

    • Mom says:

      This! I have the same problem with my iPod Touch. It runs fine, but my battery life is horrible, especially on standby.

  36. balthisar says:

    I don’t experience anything untoward on my 4.02 3GS. As soon as a carrier unlock is available for 4.1, it sounds like my 3GS will be even snappier.

  37. peebozi says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with this. Why is everyone trying to stop a publicly traded company from making every penny they can? It’s not your right to own an Iphone3…if you don’t like it then pay the ETF, buy a new phone on another network, repay for all of your apps you may have bought and move one.

    This is a private contract between two parties and the “activist court/judges” have no right to interfere with the free market.

    This person should have read the terms and conditions: “Corporation has the right to change the terms at any time for any reason, no matter how unreasonable…no piss off, peon”. It’s there in black and white!

  38. Geekybiker says:

    Nonsense. Apple would have to be stupid to do this with a strong competitor nipping at their heels. Intentionally irritating your customers would be more likely to drive them to Android than to buy another apple product.

    • diagoro says:

      You’re not considering the ‘loyalty bubble’ that the owners of many Apple products are in. It’s not a product, it’s a way of life, thoughts, etc. Just look at Steve Jo’ statements regarding atennagate. “all phone do this” was his basic comment, along with “you’re holding it wrong”. How many people just believed that on faith?

  39. chrimsonfyre says:

    I have an iphone 3g and yes the original IOS4 caused some issues with my phone, but with 4.1 those issues seem to have been resolved. I don’t think I would have gone as far as to say they did this on purpose. Any new product is going to have new software that might not be compatible with the older hardware, it goes with any “computer”. Any company out there is going to want you to upgrade, that is how they stay in business.

  40. peebozi says:

    Why wouldn’t a corporation use a tactic like this woman is suggesting? It makes perfect unethical and immoral business sense.

    If they feel it will add $.01 to their bottom line (after bad pr, lawsuits, settlements, etc) it is their right and duty to cast aside any moral or ethical qualms (as if a corporation can have emotions, Ha) and strive for that additional $.01!!!

  41. Brunette Bookworm says:

    My 3GS hasn’t had any problems with the update. Now, those I know with a 3G have had problems but let’s face it, that phone is two generations old and iOS 4 doesn’t completely work on it. The update wasn’t forced, it asks you if you want to upgrade. You can say no. An older piece of electronics not being able to handle a newer OS or other programs isn’t new and isn’t confined to Apple.

  42. Greyfox2401 says:

    I had ios 4.0.1 and it sucked noodles with their “improved signal math” I went from 5 bars to 2 and had about no speed so I downgraded to 3.1.3 and there I’ll stay until apple fixes the problem

  43. TheGreySpectre says:

    It’s slower and doesn’t feel like it added any functionality.

  44. NickelMD says:

    That’s why I use the Cyanogen mod of Android on a phone I purchased myself out of contract.

    I’m not a control freak, but if its mine, its mine.

    P.S. Apple sucks.

  45. mistersmith says:

    I have an iPhone and haven’t used iTunes since I registered the thing the day it came in the mail, and once to slap a few CDs into the iPod part. I haven’t upgraded a thing. I make my app purchases/downloads from the phone.

    I didn’t specifically want an iPhone, I wanted a phone with Google maps, a selection of apps, a big screen, a moderate camera, and a web browser, and getting a 3G for $49/refurb was the thing to do 18 months ago. But, I was smart enough to stay away from the “all things revolve around us” Apple mentality, so, forget iTunes, forget OS updates, forget all that. As long as there’s 3G service I’m good.

  46. phonebem says:

    The only flaw in that logic (and everyone making the PC/Windows compairison) is that with proprietary software (IOS X.X) and locked-down hardware (iPhone) when the vendor says it is compatible what reason does the user have to suspect otherwise? I honestly don’t think there was any malicious intent, this is just an example of poor software testing compounded by the (relative) difficulty of downgrading software.
    I can see both sides of the argument on the issue of software standardization for the iPhone. On one hand you have the near nightmare of all the apps having to be compatible for different OS’s as well as different hardware configurations. This is something relatively new for Apple since the iPhone is one of the first devices to evolve this quickly. With their laptops and desktops they haven’t had quite as much trouble with this since most people don’t upgrade computer OS’s nearly as quickly as the IOS has evolved. In fact I’d be willing to bet that 99% of computer users (PC and Apple) use whatever OS their computer came with (if you’re curious what part of that you’re in, if you know what family of processor you have and socket compatibility for it you’re a 1 percenter). On the other hand I am enjoying seeing Apple eating some humble pie for how many years of “It just works” crap. It really boggles the mind when you think of the number of possible hardware configurations Windows has to be able to work on along with its reliance on 3rd party drivers and you consider how well any version (even Vista) works. Apple can’t even get a relatively simple OS to work acceptably well with 3 possible hardware configurations…

  47. LuisM111 says:

    iOS4 made my 3G and My GF’s 3G unbearably slow, kept crashing, and losing WiFi connectivity until I restarted.
    Eventually I had to downgrade by downloading the 3.1.3 firmware, restoring to it and getting an error code (1015) that left the phone in recovery mode. I used a free program called RecBoot to bring the phones out of recovery mode without having to upgrade back to iOS4.
    If you use this method be sure to back up your contacts to your outlook or gmail, and all of your pics and personal stuff since you wont be able to restore from your iTunes’s iOS4 back up.
    For RecBoot to work be sure the file iTunesMobileDevice.dll is in the folder
    ..Program FilesCommon FilesAppleMobile Device Support
    If it’s not there Google for it and download it from a trustworthy site.

  48. Destra says:

    I use an older iPhone- and I never upgraded past OS3. As such I’ve had no functioning problems beyond not being able to use some features of some aps.

  49. KMFDM781 says:

    My 3GS runs fine on iOS4….my 3G I used to have did not.

  50. nocturnaljames says:

    What a bunch of dumbfucks. The iPhone is a COMPUTER. Of course an old one isn’t going to run the latest OS fast. Dont freaking upgrade the os and expect it to not run slower.

  51. TardCore says:

    My Motorola StarTac is so damn slow these days, wonder if I should sue them??

  52. Phanatic says:

    iOS 4 is a steaming pile of garbage.

    I was recently required to update the firmware on my 3G iPod Touch, because iTunes wouldn’t sync newly-purchased songs over to it anymore. Even though these are DRM-free, it decided I needed to use the new firmware in order to listen to them. Now, updating the firmware on an iPod is like training a monkey to repeatedly hit a nuclear bomb with a hammer; you know that it’s going to blow up eventually, you’re just not quite sure when.

    Version 4.0 sucked. It included all this new multi-tasking code that I don’t care about, because I mainly do one thing with my iPod: play music with it. 4.0 slowed my iPod down to Apple II speeds; searching for an artist or a song used to be instant, it’d start returning results as you were typing in the name. With 4.0, I typed in the name, and then had to hit ‘Search,’ and then had to sit there and wait 15 seconds for it to produce results. Just trying to get a list of playlists, select one, and hit ‘Shuffle’ would take at least 30 seconds.

    I was just about to blow 4.0 away and reset the thing to the factory defaults, when Apple released 4.1. Keeping in mind the popular definition of ‘insanity’ as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, I flashed it to 4.1.

    Okay, seems like it fixed the slowdown. But know what it doesn’t do now?

    Play music.

    http://www.macnn.com/articles/10/09/13/usb.output.affected.across.makes.models/
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/15/did-ios-4-1-introduce-in-car-usb-playback-problems-for-you/
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=12243522

    It’s amazing. They’ve managed to take the digital output from a digital music player and inject static, crackling, hissing, dropouts, and pops into it. It sounds like listening to a cassette tape that you dropped in a puddle and then left sitting in your car in Phoenix all summer long. And they managed this by means of software, without changing the physical circuitry at all! That’s some Ph.D level stuff right there, it is.

  53. Nick says:

    Planned obsolescence. It sucks and it’s built into everything we own. They just didn’t hide it very well with iOS4.

  54. Rena says:

    So did it intentionally slow down as the headline states, or is this just an OS having trouble running on obsolete hardware and a customer who doesn’t understand the problem?

  55. midniteslayr says:

    When I upgraded to 4.0 on my 3G 8GB, the phone was ungodly slow and not even functional. I still have to keep the iPhone 3g because of work (iPhone development) and a contract w/ AT&T, but I completely agree with the lawsuit. The developer version of the iOS (4.0/4.1) was a lot better than the release version, and even now, the OS still has some issues. I hope this goes well.