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 The phone, since its release, has been superseded by the iPhone 3GS and now the iPhone 4.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.

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