The iPhone 3G worked quite well, especially in comparison to its broken successor, until Apple rolled out the iOS 4 upgrade.
Suddenly users, who had no choice about the upgrade, found their 3G machines were slower, froze used up battery life.
Although the complaints have been around since the iOS4 has been rolled out for the 3G machines, Apple now says it is looking into the problems.
In Apple language this means that it knows it has a problem and is just figuring out how to deal with it. Normally Jobs’ Mob’s policy is to deny that there is a problem until there are enough complaints. When there are enough complaints it promises to “investigate”. Then it either releases a fix without telling anyone and insists that the problem only effects a “small number of users”.
Apple has told the Wall Street Journal that it is investigating, so we can probably expect a “not a fix just an update” any day now.
It is a little difficult to deny that there has been a problem. There have been hundreds of complaints on the Apple support forum and Jobs’ Mob’s customer service has been telling 3G users to restore their iPhones to the factory settings, to downgrade the toy to iOS 3. If only there was a rubber band you could put around it or a magic wand you could wave.
Still, we all thought it was a deliberate attempt to get users to upgrade to the iPhone 4. However you have to be daft to buy the iPhone 4. You have to be a very “special” Apple fanboy to buy a broken phone just because it is the latest model.