Apple’s release this past week of iOS 4, their next generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad delivers several features and functions demanded by users for quite some time. The promise of multitasking, unified inbox, new customization features and menu folders all combine to make upgrading your existing Apple mobile device an apparent easy decision. But user experience with the new iOS on legacy devices suggest caution should be given before performing the upgrade.
While the new iOS runs beautifully on the latest generation of iPhone, those who have installed the Apple’s latest on older iPhone 3G devices have reported quite a few problems. Plus, many of the attractive new features aren’t available on the 3G devices. Multitasking, custom wallpapers and other features simply aren’t available when the new iOS version is installed on iPhone 3G devices. This means all you get for your ~3 hours of upgrade efforts will be menu folders and a unified inbox. One additional point to consider is that iOS 4 runs very slowly on legacy iPhone 3G devices. So much slower, many say the device is no longer functional.
So, if you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3GS, this latest upgrade brings some overdue functionality. If you’re in the market for a new AT&T mobile phone, the iPhone 4 is absolutely worthy of consideration. However, if you own an iPhone 3G, our recommendation is to simply hold off on the upgrade. The functional improvements are minimal and the performance hit is significant.
(submitted by John)