I’ve been running iOS 4 on my iPhone 3G since the update was made available. Unlike previous updates, I can’t say I am a very happy bunny about the results.
It was not smooth. And I know I am not alone: many people have reported the update (and especially back-up/restore process) taking hours. In my case, I managed to back-up my iPhone only after 3 unsuccessful attempts and after killing previous backups. Restore has also taken ages to complete. The update itself was not too bad, but I need to go through before and after—that was really irritating.
I ended up resetting the device five minutes after first use. It just did not work: I was unable to pick a call up, type SMS, etc. Restart helped. But was it not restarted before?
I love folders. I managed to de-clutter mu multiple desktops big time. I love unified inbox in mails application. I do find Safari, overall, a faster browser. A few other things here and there are nice, but I don’t remember what they are. Oh, spell checker is good, helps me to stay on a safer side…
But I hate it when the phone grinds to almost a halt when I type names of my contacts (no index on databases?). I was terribly surprised to see Preferences.app crash on me a few times, as well as Messages.app—nothing like this has ever happened on the iOS 3.x series and my
~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/iPhone-XXXXXXXX can attest to that:
> ls -t1 | head -n 30 Baseband/ MobileSlideShow-2010-06-30-095316.crash Preferences_2010-07-02-191412_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-02-195126_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-02-233941_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-02-234050_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-02-234205_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-093436_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-100736_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-100829_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-101038_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-101215_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-105740_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-132113_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-132229_iPhone.crash ResetCounter.crash Speed Test_2010-06-29-133130_iPhone.crash log-aggregated-2010-06-28-000000_iPhone.log log-aggregated-2010-06-29-000000_iPhone.log log-aggregated-2010-06-30-000000_iPhone.log log-aggregated-2010-07-01-000000_iPhone.log log-aggregated-2010-07-02-000000_iPhone.log AppStore-2010-06-29-105154.crash AppStore-2010-07-03-230446.crash Exited process-2010-07-02-234209.crash Exited process-2010-07-03-132237.crash LowMemory-2010-06-30-221655.crash MobileCal-2010-06-29-164521.crash MobileSMS-2010-07-03-143529.crash MobileSMS_2010-06-30-012426_iPhone.crash
And if I were to do quick’n dirty stats:
> ls -t1 | perl -pe ’s/.+(20–[0-9]–[0-3][0-9]).+/$1/‘ | sort | uniq -c | sort -r | head 12 2010-07-03 8 2010-06-29 8 2009-12-12 7 2010-07-02 5 2010-06-30 5 2010-06-22 5 2009-10-17 5 2009-09-11 5 2009-05-05 4 2010-06-15
I can see that while I’ve had some lousy days in the past too (like on 12/12/2009), a closer look tells us that back then it were 3rd-party apps (some weren’t really meant for my 3G):
> ls | grep ‘2009-12-12’ IceAge3_2009-12-12-085520_iPhone.crash IceAge3_2009-12-12-085831_iPhone.crash LowMemory-2009-12-12-085532.crash LowMemory-2009-12-12-164544.crash Marillion_2009-12-12-173631_iPhone.crash Stackshot_2009-12-12-171823_iPhone.log aggregated-2009-12-12.crash reMovemFree_2009-12-12-150005_iPhone.crash
but ever since 24-Jun this year it is system apps, take 3-Jul:
> ls | grep ‘2010-07-03’ AppStore-2010-07-03-230446.crash Exited process-2010-07-03-132237.crash MobileSMS-2010-07-03-143529.crash MobileSMS_2010-07-03-143520_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-093436_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-100736_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-100829_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-101038_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-101215_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-105740_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-132113_iPhone.crash Preferences_2010-07-03-132229_iPhone.crash
I sure hope that each time I sync up my 3G Apple gets all these CrashReporter logs and maybe someone is looking at them?
There are times the phone feels sluggish. I’ve had a few too many times when it would not respond to a swipe when a phone needed to be answered. Maybe it is the device itself (it has suffered a terrible fall about a year ago, had its glass replaced), but it was not showing this many signs of aging until the upgrade.
If you’re carrying iPhone 3G, stay away from iOS 4.0. On a 3GS there seem to be many more improvements and it may very well worth it. On plain-old 3G: just wait an by iPhone 4.