Jobs Says iOS 4 On iPhone 3G Fix Is On The Way

iOS 4 on an iPhone 3G. It sucks. There’s no way around it, it borders on the unusable. Sure, there are tweaks — hard booting, close all Safari windows, turn of spotlight, have no folders. Even with all these in place, it still runs at a glacial pace, and continents are known to form while SMS opens up.

iPhone 3g fix

Luckily, we have an email from Steve (something we haven’t seen in a long time). And he’s on it. Here’s the exchange:

I’ve waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again. I’ve read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade back to a version of iPhone 3, however I’m not prepared to use a method that is not supported by Apple.

And the response:

Software update coming soon.

Sent from my iPhone

I hope so, I really do. It’s a black mark against Apple that so many of their users of older hardware are being left in the dust like this. Hopefully, this will be fixed in iOS 4.1, and it will get here soon.

  • Christopher Meinck

    I’ve heard plenty from friends and family about how awful iOS 4 is on the iPhone 3G. This update cannot come soon enough.

    • James D

      I downloaded ios4 on my 3g. The result was an unusable and pointless phone. I couldn’t text, listen to music, use safari etc etc.
      I read everbody’s updates and tips on how to improve performance; turning off spotlight, double hard reset, restoring from backup etc etc. None of them worked.
      I then eventually rolled back to 3.1. It was a laborious and slow process, but I’m glad i did it. I lost 6 months worth of texts, photos etc but it was worth it. If you have an iPhone 3g with ios4 on it, this is the only thing that works.
      I am very angry at apple for this, and until a fix is applied (3months down the line and waiting) I will not be buying any of their products. I have gone from advocate of their products to a detractor. This is no way to treat their customers.

  • Jstall

    The iPhone 3 is super slow on OS3 also, I’d downgrade to OS2 and don’t put on any apps or any music or photos! LoL!

  • Jim

    What about the fix for the proximity sensor?? Is that ever coming??

  • GSXRMike

    Not to be rude but I just don’t understand why anyone would even have a 3G anymore. Sell your 3G and buy a new iPhone 4 for $200. I just sold my friends 3G for $150. He just had to pay $50 out of pocket for the new phone. $50!? C’mon…skip your Starbucks coffee for a few days and that’ll pay for it! Oh, so you don’t want to sign up for a new two-year contract?? When you’re ready to leave AT&T, SELL YOUR iP4 TO PAY FOR THE EARLY TERMINATION FEE!! I mean…c’mon people.

    • Booyow1204

      Ya I still have a 3G and I still like it, 1) I’m never the first to buy something as soon as it comes out…can you say glitches…also honeymoon phase, like the 3G the 4 has a short shelf life and soon it will be outdated as well. Once it’s out you might fall out of love w/it. 2) I’m not totally in love w/the iPhone 4′s body style…yes body matters to me 3) I’m still totally under warranty, quits working go get another one, by the time warranty expires/get sick of the 3G the iPhone 4S, 5 whatever will be out, it’s definitely not about price I could go buy one tonite if I want, I’m just not in love w/the iPhone 4….that’s just me though.

      • GSXRMike

        What about a 3GS, then? Same form factor but much, much faster!

    • stlfan1101

      …make sure the new damn hardware works as it should, and then I’ll piss away another $200. Until then, supply software to allow my phone to work as it should

    • Craybe

      $200 for you, AU$1060 for an Aussie (USD$982)… that’s a couple more than a couple of days without Starbucks. Then again that is bought outright, we don’t have to deal with AT&T or locked networks (for the most part) :D

      I do find it amusing though that to break contract costs funnily enough the minimum monthly amount of minimum $70 for those poor soles with Telstra who bought a 3G at the start multiplied by the number of months left of your contract (minimum 24 months). That is even if you want to start a new contract with them for a new phone! Telstra is teh suck as all the cool kids say.

  • Cutie

    Software updates are just damn useless cause Apple will just roll out a new phone in just a short notice. Like a very short time they’ll have iphone 4.5g running with 4.5os and not backward compatible-friendly to other previous os phone. Well, jobs at good at wasting people’s money and yeah super slow in iphone 3g? how about the super ultimate battery drainage? goodthing jailbrake is there to fix that. Good work APPLE

  • Jstall

    The iPhone 4 Is way better than previous generations in every way, you stick with your 3G. I upgraded from 3G and wouldn’t consider going back. Do it!

  • Booyow1204

    You guys make good points I’m sure the 4 is a better phone than the 3G and the 3GS, I’m a patient guy so I can only imagine what the next iPhone is gonna be like after this one, when it comes out most likely I’ll trott my way to the Apple store. Until then I’m cool.

  • Sam