Did iOS4 brick your iPhone 3G? Apple's 4.0.1 update might fix it
I'm an Apple fan - I like their products, I understand that Apple are consumer-led and are shooting for the mainstream, and their UX work leaves other companies standing. I'm not a fanboi, however - I don't queue for three days for product launches, I don't like their restriction of feature sets to encourage upgrades and I don't own an iPhone 4.
In fact I have an iPhone 3G, which I bought about 15 months ago, a couple of months before the iPhone 3GS became available. And I've found it to be an outstanding device; for web, for social media, for mail, for apps, for filing the occasional story for Bitterwallet - my 3G has done everything I've expected of it, and plenty more.
Then the new operating system was released last month - iOS4 - and it effectively bricked my 3G. While Steve Jobs stood on stage and told the world the two were compatible, they just weren't. Suddenly the handset would crash once a day. The interface was sticky, slow or non-responsive. You couldn't swipe to unlock the handset or take a call without waiting several seconds. Most apps crashed, including Apple's own mail app, and every app that required a data connection returned an error message when first opened. Every single time.
In short, my 3G had become a Nokia smartphone circa 2006. And it wasn't just me - plenty of 3G owners had the same issues. That was until Apple pushed an update to iOS4 this morning.
The chief reason for Apple to push 4.0.1 so soon is an attempt to fix the well-publicised reception issues faced by iPhone 4 owners, but the upside is that it's restored my 3G to its former operating speed and reliability. The iOS4 features available to the 3G handset are still intact, but after an hour of attempting to break it - which didn't take longer than a few seconds before the update - the 3G is as quick and sturdy as it was before. In fact, I dare say the UI is a little slicker for the update.
There's a caveat to this - I didn't attempt to reinstall iOS4 after the first time; it's possible that might have helped matters, but having read through the feedback of other users, it doesn't seem likely. It's very possible Apple have silently tweaked the update to help 3G owners out too - if you've updated your iPhone 3G to 4.0.1 today, let us know the outcome.