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Apple denies reports of problems with iOS 4 on iPhone 3GS

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Thu August 5, 2010

Company still investigating iPhone 3G issues

Apple claims it has not received any reports of problems running iOS 4 on the iPhone 3GS, despite a number of such complaints posted on the company's support forums. After upgrading to iOS 4, some users claim to have encountered problems with MMS messaging, signal strength, random reboots, dropped calls, and other issues.

Frustrations from iPhone 3GS owners appear to have taken a lower priority amid the widespread reports of poor reception with the iPhone 4. Apple acknowledged the possibility of problems running iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G, although the complaints appeared to be primarily related to slow performance on the older hardware.

Apple has yet to divulge many details surrounding the next iOS maintenance update. It is unclear if the company has found a software fix for the problems. [via LA Times]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Neither of mine have had an issue and none of my friends and colleagues have either. Weird.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Really?

    I had a LOT of problems with apps crashing after going to iOS 4, but that seems to have been fixed with upgrading to 4.0.1

  1. Steve Wilkinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not sure about 3GS...

    But my iPod Touch feels like a whole different device, and not in a good way. There is a good deal of lag in how it responds to the touch UI. Apps launch slower. Things lag in general. It just feels slow... nothing like it was prior to the update. It also loses wifi a LOT, whereas before the update, it hardly ever did. Apps also do tend to crash quite often, where that was fairly rare before the update.

    I expected not to get multi-tasking, but was hoping for a much more positive experience than this. I really hope the next update does something about it.

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Our entire office has iphones

    Our entire office has iphones and every single user is complaining bitterly about the device being very very very slow.

  1. delete

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    The issues that older devices had had with iOS4 (I have an iPod +3G) and Apple's indifference to them has been a disappointing experience. Everyone who has the latest, greatest equipment just remember that in a relatively short time it will be passe to Apple too!

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Completely Fubar

    My iPhone 3G is nearly unusable with iOS4, so I'm not entirely surprised that people are also having at least some minor issues with the 3GS. I think Apple and AT&T need to learn and important lesson here: dedicated purpose devices are not "computers". As consumers, we don't expect a device to be ruined with a software update. Both Apple and AT&T have heard from me regarding my iPhone. I fully expect them to either fix my phone or provide me with a free replacement. If that doesn't happen then both Apple and AT&T will lose my business in this area (Android here I come. Thank goodness there is real competition in the market finally). (A short list of problems: extremely slow, to the point of being useless under some situations; runs much hotter; battery life is 1/2 to 1/3 what it was prior to update; when using AT&T Navigator after the updated the phone discharges so quickly that it will not function for more than a couple of hours even when plugged in and "charging". All of these things of course worked perfectly immediately prior to the iOS4 update. No amount of resetting or restoring to factory settings has revived my phone to what I consider to be a usable condition.)

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Problems with both 3G and 3Gs

    I have both phones and I can say for sure since my upgrade to IOS 4 both phones have beeen less stable. The alarm clock on my 3G will go off ad the wrong time and it also get really slow after long periods of use. With may 3GS ive had the phone app crash multiple times, sometimes I'll get a call the phone will ring but the phone app doesn't launch so I won't know who's calling and I have no way to and wer or decline the call so the phone rings until mitt goes to voice mail. Another crash scenario if my phone is ringing and at the same time a push notification pops up while the phone is still ringing. The phone app will crash. Other weird behavior, while on a call sometimes pushing the home button once won't take you to the home screen, instead it does nothing as if you never pushed the button, but if you double tap the app switcher will popup

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Enough with the exaggerations

    My wife's old iPhone 3G is slow(er) than the iPhone 4 on iOS 4 but I would hardly say it is unusable.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't win

    My 3GS runs iOS 4 very well, albeit not as well as my iPhone 4. My 3G is considerably slower on iOS 4.

    Imagine the outcry from 3G and 3GS users if Apple had decided to not make iOS 4 available to them. Since Apple did make it available to them, users are complaining about it being slower. Of course it'll run a bit slower!! It's multitasking!!!

    It's just a simple case of damned if they do and damned if they don't. Users should learn to be careful of what they wish for.

  1. Welly

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nope.. no problem here either

    iOS 4 has been fantastic on my 3GS. No complaints whatsoever. I've never experienced dropped calls, lost messages, reboots or anything. I'd wager it's your network that needs looking at rather than the phone.

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