Stupid iPhone IOS4 Upgrade for 3g Phone

Short form: If you have an iphone 3g, do NOT get the new ios4 upgrade for your iphone. It’s MUCH slower and doesn’t add any features.

I’m building a list of iPhone ios4 stupidity. I wrote this all in a deadpan tone though I could have used a lot more exclamation marks and words like “stoopidly!” Here’s a start:

Most every app is much slower. For example, it now take 8 seconds to start the calendar, it used to take 4. Starting editing a note takes much longer. Etc…

It sometimes doesn’t detect my button pushes and sometimes mistakenly believes I have pushed a button.  (yes, it’s insane)

I initially did an “upgrade” install. After it the Notes app would sometimes (twice out of 5 or so attempts) lose the changes I made to a note. I then did a “new” install and haven’t has that problem again.

Scrolling email is now much more jerky.

It appears that now voicemails aren’t downloaded to the phone until I try to listen to them. Which causes delays in listening to voicemails

In the first 5 seconds or so of running Notes, Calendar and many other apps, a snapshot of what was on the screen last time it was run is displayed. Of course, it looks editable, but it’s not. You can click all you want but you’re just looking at a picture of the Calendar app, Notes, etc. Key presses are not recorded or registered because… well, you’re looking at a picture of an app, not an app!

Update: 7-15-10: At the suggestion of the Apple rep, I installed iTunes on a new computer. I then Restored my phone to it, making sure to rename the phone when asked. This has fixed the problem. My phone is now as fast as it ever was. :-)

Update 7-25-10: My phone has gotten slow again after the full restore. I just installed 4.0.1. Starting Calendar still takes 8 seconds, up from 3. Eff you Steve Jobs :-)


  1. Beth says:

    I avoided the upgrade like the plague. However, I also went to swap my old 3G for a new 3G because of a broken case. When I went to sync all of my existing data to the new phone, everything was running smoothly, though the sync was long. Someone called in the middle and interrupted the sync. When I tried to continue, it tried to force me to upgrade to ios4. OMG it was a HUGE PITA to finish the sync without upgrading! Thank god I understand tech, cuz it was freakin complicated!

  2. Lee says:

    I just spoke with a guy at the AT&T store in Downtown Berkeley. He says Apple is aware of the problem, i shouldo call Apple for a fix. Maybe it’s a downgrade to the old OS, maybe something else. Call 1-800-MY-APPLE (800-692-7753).

  3. lee says:

    I spoke to Apple. I described how I did 2 hard resets of the phone and a Full Restore of the phone and was ushered directly to a level 2 rep. My rep “KM” suggested 2 things:
    * install iTunes on a different computer and do a full restore of the phone, using a different name for the phone and computer and account.
    * maybe wait for the service release which will come “soon”.

    She also lightly suggested I take it to an Apple store and have them do a battery diagnostic, the battery might be almost dead.

  4. lee says:

    See my update at the end of the post. Hint: :-)

  5. lee says:

    See my update at the end of the post. Hint :-(

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