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Apple's iOS 4.2 software update, set for release this month, offers improved performance on Apple's second-generation iPhone 3G, first released in 2008, a new hands-on demonstration shows.

TiPb took the golden master of iOS 4.2 and installed it on an iPhone 3G to test its performance. The software is believed to be the final version of the iOS software update, which is scheduled to be released for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad this month.

A video of the handset's performance shows that the device is much more responsive to touches, as well as doing activities like loading websites. While not as fast as an iPhone 4, the iPhone 3G has just a quarter of the 512MB of RAM found in Apple's latest phone.

After iOS 4 was released, iPhone 3G users complained that the software ran extremely slow on their device. The iPhone 3G also does not run some features of iOS 4 found on newer, more powerful handsets, such as multitasking and background wallpapers.

Apple addressed some of iPhone 3G performance concerns with the release of iOS 4.1. However, some users have remained dissatisfied with the performance of their smartphone with Apple's latest mobile operating system.



One recent lawsuit has taken aim at Apple for the performance of the iPhone 3G, dubbing it the "iBrick." The California suit alleges that Apple engaged in "unsavory, dishonest and deceptive business practices" by offering iOS 4 with subpar performance to iPhone 3G users.
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I guess we'll find out when my friend who is on 4.1 and has a 3G hates the current speeds. I just think he's jealous his wife has an i4.
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Apple's iOS 4.2 software update, set for release this month, offers improved performance on Apple's second-generation iPhone 3G, first released in 2008, a new hands-on demonstration shows.
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Improved? Over what?
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4.0 hurt the performance of my 3g. This is good news. I'll put gold master on that phone tonight.
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What's painfully slow is the demonstrator's poor performance.
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So does this mean that Iphone 4 will run faster?
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golden master of iOS 4.2 and installed it on an iPhone 3G to test its performance.

Golden Master. That is such a funny concept now days. Back in the early 90's when CD burning was just coming into vogue, the burners were thousands of dollars and the discs were like $10 each. There were regular discs which were silver and then there were the gold ones which were even more expensive. When you sent your software to manufacturing you always used the more expensive gold discs to help make sure there were no errors. Of course iPhone software never gets stored on a CD-Rom of any sort, yet they continue to refer to it as GM.

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I'm hoping the v4.2 improvements include GPS performance improvements. They have still a way to go with that. Touch response needs improvement too.
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The new voice memos icon is really ugly. I like the old one much better.
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Golden Master. That is such a funny concept now days. Back in the early 90's when CD burning was just coming into vogue, the burners were thousands of dollars and the discs were like $10 each. There were regular discs which were silver and then there were the gold ones which were even more expensive. When you sent your software to manufacturing you always used the more expensive gold discs to help make sure there were no errors. Of course iPhone software never gets stored on a CD-Rom of any sort, yet they continue to refer to it as GM.

This oddly comes up from time to time. You are referring to Gold Master, but if the name was exactly the same it still wouldn’t change the well worn meanings of the words “gold” and “master” to mean exactly what it implies.

Whilst ‘gold’ and ‘master' appear to be a well known polysemes, Golden Master isn’t a true polyseme of Gold Master since the noun Gold was altered to the adjective Golden, but it’s certainly related and there is evidence to imply that is exactly what Apple did when naming their software releases Golden Masters 22 years ago, according to the following link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_master
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The new voice memos icon is really ugly. I like the old one much better.

I keep thinking it a Lincoln logo on my iPhone (having such a car, it's the first thing that comes to mind.)
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Apple certainly did. I was going to get an iPhone 4 anyway as soon as they came out. Apple didn't need to force my hand by ruining my 3G and then make the new phone all but impossible to get for months. Poor show.

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...Whist Gold Master appears to be a well known polyseme,...

What is a Whist Gold Master? A championship card player?
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This oddly comes up from time to time. You are referring to Gold Master, but if the name was exactly the same it still wouldnt change the well worn meanings of the words gold and master to mean exactly what it implies.

Whist Gold Master appears to be a well known polyseme, Golden Master isnt a true polyseme since the noun Gold was altered to the adjective Golden, but its certainly related and there is evidence to imply that is exactly what Apple did when naming their software releases Golden Masters 22 years ago, according to the following link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_master

Just curious - what are some other meanings for 'Gold Master'? I can't think of any. I even did a search.
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Apple certainly did. I was going to get an iPhone 4 anyway as soon as they came out. Apple didn't need to force my hand by ruining my 3G and then make the new phone all but impossible to get for months. Poor show.

Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?
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Just curious - what are some other meanings for 'Gold Master'? I can't think of any. I even did a search.

Ah, I can see how that can be confusing, I am referencing the separate terms gold and master, as indicated in the first paragraph.
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post #17 of 40
Seems quite snappy.
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Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?

Of course not, and those who have been claiming Apple did it on purpose to force users to get a device that was already selling out is Tinfoil Foolishness, but they offer the update and it did hinder the usability for many iPhone 3G users. Granted, they would replace your device with a new iPhone 3G if you had an issue, but it would be nice to have an easy way to fall back a generation for issues like this (which will creep up again) or other issues that are less widespread (like an app not designed to work with a new iOS version). I dont think its unreasonable for users to expect an update to fairly well.
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I have been using iOS 4.1 with the iPhone 4 and absolutely love it. Then I have to go back to the iPad without it and it makes using the iPad an absolute mess. I've actually curtailed my usage of the iPad until 4.2 comes out.
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I have been using iOS 4.1 with the iPhone 4 and absolutely love it. Then I have to go back to the iPad without it and it makes using the iPad an absolute mess. I've actually curtailed my usage of the iPad until 4.2 comes out.

I finally installed 4.2 on my iPad this weekend. Much nicer. We should be seeing it soon since it is 'Golden Master' after all.

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But will it support daylight savings time?
Currently you must manually set the time and if you then choose auto update, it reverts the time to previous default of no daylight savings.
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@mstone...

Great history there man. Always good to hear about the old days.
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@the people that got their 3G's 'broke'...

Isn't there documentation to back that upgrade out? And really, what did you get with iOS4 that you couldn't live without? Folders? C'moooon.
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Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?

No, but they did force the option of not allowing the ability to wipe the iPhone and reinstall 3.1.x, even though according to their documentation you should be able to go to a previous version. Unless that has recently changed and holding down the Option key on a Restore is no longer allowed.
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I finally installed 4.2 on my iPad this weekend. Much nicer. We should be seeing it soon since it is 'Golden Master' after all.

That's nice to know. Can't wait to use AirPlay with my ATV2
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post #25 of 40
Why is this one video floating around the web now the barometer for 3G performance? It's one user spending too much time in Safari. Wait until real 3G users get the update and see how it impacts the phones they have been using.
Pretty lame as a barometer of performance and doesn't warrant the press it's been given.
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@mstone...



@the people that got their 3G's 'broke'...

Isn't there documentation to back that upgrade out? And really, what did you get with iOS4 that you couldn't live without? Folders? C'moooon.

No, apple does not let you go back. You can do it with non-apple approved methods. In my case I just kept the 3.2 firmware file because i am an apple developer.

Folders and game center is a big deal and many 3g users want 4.0 and 4.1 for just those reasons.
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Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?

No, but once upgraded, they forced me to keep using 4.x by making it very difficult to go back to 3.1.3.
Well, in the end I invested the time to find the tools and downgraded to 3.1.3 only to upgrade to 4.1 when it came out (and sell the phone since I finally managed to get a 32 GB iPhone 4).
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Looking forward with iOS 4.2.

Does anyone know when Apple will release it?
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Looking forward with iOS 4.2.

Does anyone know when Apple will release it?

Soon. Gm means they are serious about release and it will probably be first public release. I assume they are finishing up the mac osx release and iTunes release necessary for the update.
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Looking forward with iOS 4.2.

Does anyone know when Apple will release it?

I'm going to wait until it comes out in a white version.
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Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?

HAR!

Yeah - Apple didn't force him, so no matter what, nothing can be pinned on Apple! Brilliant!
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I have been using iOS 4.1 with the iPhone 4 and absolutely love it. Then I have to go back to the iPad without it and it makes using the iPad an absolute mess. I've actually curtailed my usage of the iPad until 4.2 comes out.

Fragmentation can ruin an OS.
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Soon. Gm means they are serious about release and it will probably be first public release. I assume they are finishing up the mac osx release and iTunes release necessary for the update.


Ok good to know. Thanks.
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Apple didnt force you to upgrade from 3.1.x, did they?

That's pretty lame. An expectation of quality exists with any manufacturer, especially a high quality one like Apple. Plus not everyone reads these blogs for reviews that say it slows down the device, one should have the expectation that Apple did appropriate QC.

If IOS4 wasn't ready for the iPhone 3G at the same time as the 3GS and 4, then Apple simply shouldn't have released it until it was further along.

The 3GS and 4 are quantum leaps from the 3G, and the software should reflect that.
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If 4.2 makes Words With Friends run faster on my 3G I'll be happy. If not I guess a downgrade is in my future.
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If 4.2 makes Words With Friends run faster on my 3G I'll be happy. If not I guess a downgrade is in my future.

My guess it has less to do with the iOS and rather more to do with WWF's servers.
But yes, my WWF updates are extremely slow.
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some say update comes today
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post #38 of 40
Will it wake me up in the morning on weekdays??? Now that would be a phone!!!
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4.0 ruined my iPhone 3G experience and 4.1 was only temporarily better.
I really hope 4.2 does the job, as otherwise they send a message that an iOS4 device only has a lifetime of 2 years. Can't wait to try it.

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post #40 of 40
apple should have a simple and easy itunes based "downgrade" option for a period of time
for all updates
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