IOS 4 on 2nd generation iPhone 3G

Posted by steve | Apple Software and Hardware,Mobile Phones | Wednesday 30 June 2010 11:06 am

I own and am quite happy with a 2nd generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G. The phone, since its release, has been superseded by the iPhone 3GS and now the iPhone 4.

Recently Apple made the iOS 4 system software available for the 3G and 3GS versions of the iPhone, although some features are unavailable on the older 3G model. As reported here, I upgraded my software and it went without a hitch. The new features are very nice and the price, free, is great.

Now that I’ve been using it for a week I have some concerns about this new software. I’m noticing just an overall drop in performance. It seems as if there are instances when the iPhone just stalls, sometimes for seconds, before it responds to an action: choosing from a menu or typing a key. It’s very frustrating. Also, there are more frequent crashes. Sometimes the 3rd party app I’m running will exit unexpectedly and sometimes the iPhone itself will reboot (you get a blank screen and the white Apple logo while it is restarting).

It could be that these problems may just be 3rd party apps that need a software update to work well with iOS 4. But whatever the cause it doesn’t reflect well on Apple’s iPhone. My wife, having the same model phone and also upgraded, reports the same frustrating performance issues.

I’m going to try a full restore this weekend and see if that helps. Here’s hoping this is a fairly common experience and results in a software update to resolve the problems.


Toy Story 3

Posted by steve | General Commentary | Wednesday 23 June 2010 9:35 pm

Melissa and I went to see Toy Story 3 tonight. She picked a Digital-3D presentation and it was great. The movie made me laugh and feel. It was like spending time with some old friends. A very enjoyable experience.


iOS 4 updated on my iPhone 3G

Posted by steve | Apple Software and Hardware,Mobile Phones | Monday 21 June 2010 8:21 pm

Apple released iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) today. And like most probably all other iPhone owners I was eager to install this free update.

By the way, this is still one of the cool things I admire about the iPhone. Every year there’s a free major software update. And it’s always a worthwhile update. I just don’t remember this sort of thing when I had a Motorola Verizon phone.

Holding back my enthusiasm, I did a little research first. A little reading around the internet yielded some general advice to actually synch with a backup and then perform a full restore (wiping the phone clean and the automatically re-installing all the apps, music, photos, videos, podcasts, …) you get the idea.

It took a little while to go through a full backup and restore. I then downloaded the free update and allowed iTunes to perform the firmware upgrade on my iPhone.

The update went without a hitch. I have to admit, and I’m sure Apple intends this to be a compelling reaction, after poking around the new iOS, I want the full new hardware that iPhone 4 brings. Patience, and wait for it.

In the mean time I really dig the new Folders feature and immediately went folder crazy and reduced how many pages of iPhone apps I have installed, in favor of convenient folders. But the really cool app was the new iBooks app for the iPhone made available with iOS 4. You need to go to the App Store and do a free download to get it. I was just playing around with it – downloaded 2 free books and 2 sample book sections. iBooks on the iPhone is quite functional and easy to read. Nice software.

I’m now sending myself some PDF documents via email. The iPhone email client will allow me to save these PDF documents to the iBook reader. Can’t wait to see how that works out.

All in all, the update was painless except that it took about an hour.


These guys are printing gold

Posted by steve | Apple Software and Hardware | Wednesday 16 June 2010 4:36 am

Yesterday, June 15th, customers could begin to pre-order the new model of iPhone, iPhone 4, through either AT&T or Apple.

Later the same day it was announced that you could no longer order the new mobile phone anywhere. Here’s a quote I read from AT&T posted during the afternoon.

“Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history.”

That didn’t take long. And have you tried to find an iPad 3G anywhere?

These guys are printing gold.

It’s not just Apple’s marketing. They make great products and people know it. It’s not just marketing — it’s reputation.

I haven’t decided about getting an iPhone upgrade yet. The model I have, which is now 2 years old, still works great. There are compelling features about iPhone 4 that interest me. But I’m also unresearched into whether my data plan would really change or not. I know that it’s very likely I’ll upgrade, who are we trying to kid here? But at this point I’m undecided.

When the iPad was announced I was more ambivalent. And so I haven’t been giving it too much thought in the past. But then recently I’ve watched a few people I know, who already have one, using theirs. And I recently visited my local Apple retail store to try one out. I can understand the appeal of a tablet sized web browsing device. It’s pretty nice to see and use.

I guess it’s a good thing that there weren’t any in stock.


BP Irony

Posted by steve | General Commentary | Tuesday 8 June 2010 9:30 pm

You may have already seen this photo passing around the Internet.

BP Irony.

Look carefully, the sign is posted at a BP gas station.