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iOS4 on iPhone 3G is too slow

For anyone that may think of upgrading the iPhone 3G to iOS4 – dont’t!

After I have done the update the phone becomes really unusable for me and I am not able to see any worthwhile benefit that it would bring. The only few things are folders and a nice display of the pictures you took on a map (to be honest I take very few pictures anyway because of the bad camera). I am getting really annoyed with it now, hardly remember any phone that was this slow to use. Unfortunately the iPhone 4 is not an option as long as the antenna design is not changed. Hence I am seriously thinking of switching to some nice Android device now. At present it takes my iPhone 3G about 20 seconds to open the SMS inbox. Other apps are slow as well and on top totally unpredictable. Sometimes launching the phonebook takes 30 seconds, sometimes it’s quick. Many apps (internal, not 3rd party) keep crashing randomly. So after waiting 30 seconds, you are back to the home screen.

The main reason why I bought an iPhone was that I felt Apple is doing a really good job on software maintenance – until iOS4 that is. To be honest it is beyond my understanding why it was well possible to write a fast performing OS for the iPhone 3G (2.x) and then suddenly it is no more (4.x)? Guess Apple engineers are just too lazy to optimize their code nowadays.

Fortunately the downgrade to an earlier iPhone OS is still possible and I will do it tonight. These are the links I have found:

ATTENTION: If you downgrade your phone, you will not be able to restore your previous iPhone backup! iTunes will complain that the backup was made with a newer OS version. I am trying to find a workaround. Looks like the only known solution is to use TimeMachine to find backup that was made with the old OS version you are downgrading to. Otherwise you need to setup the phone as a new model. If you do that, your current backup will be overwritten!! So make sure you backup your backup first. More info here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

I am now experimenting with the idea of editing the Info.plist file to fake an older version number. Instructiond here.

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My personal wishlist for iPhone V4

I had long resisted the iPhone. While i was one of the first people in my company to be able to touch and play with the first iPhone i was sticking to my Nokia N95 8GB for quite a long time. Admitedly (rather late) i am now an iPhone addict (in the positive sense).

So here is my personal wishlist of what should be in the new version of the iPhone should there be any soon – for what it is worth:

– 3.7″ – WVGA screen (not bigger, please)

– At least 2mm thinner

– Minimum 50% increased battery lifetime

– Back cover and front cover having the same color (black + white is truly ugly). The whole ID needs an overhaul as it is truly well engineered but not really competitive anymore.

– Frontside should be mostly screen with very limited framing (why not have the screen go around the buttons ;-)) )?

– 1 Ghz CPU

– 5MP camera with flash and 1080p HD camcorder

– Wireless iTunes sync

On top of that i personally think the iPhone 3GS should actually turn into an iPhone 3G nano with about 3/4 of the size of the current model keeping the same resolution and featureset (subject to getting the touch experience right). So Apple could continue the “classic line” as nano and bring the hardware up to standards with the new “premium” models.

I know this may be conflicting Apple’s strategy, but it is a wishlist.

I did not write anything about software as i think there are plenty of good suggestions already. And to be honest (putting my consumer hat on) i am pretty happy with the choice of applications. A bit more multimedia (HDMI out?) would be really cool.