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iPhone 3G and iOS4 Lack Chemistry 194

Posted by timothy
from the when-hard-and-soft-aren't-enough dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Granted that iPhone 3G is about 3 years old but some of us who still have it are tempted to update it to iOS 4 for the folders, threaded e-mail and iBooks even if it means jail-breaking the phone. Unfortunately though, as it turns out, it's really not worth the hassle. Not only does the update slow the phone, in some cases by a fraction of a second and in others much more, but it's a nightmare to downgrade back to iOS 3."
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iPhone 3G and iOS4 Lack Chemistry

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  • by erroneus (253617) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:29PM (#35966240) Homepage

    Apple has no qualms about making your computer obsolete so you have to buy new things. The promise of the PC was that you could keep upgrading on and on with inexpensive parts. That's not as true as I would like it to be, but it's not exactly a lie either.

    But with Apple, they care almost nothing about backward compatibility and backward portability. This makes all the G4 and G5 devices out there all but useless... before that, the 68XXX based machines. Now, with multiple iProducts out there, they are also abandoning the people who bought their iProducts less than 5 years ago expecting them to spend more money... or to spin it another way, creating more waste in landfills.

    Microsoft would LOVE to have the power Apple has to render OSes and hardware obsolete. The requirements for Vista were so high that no one wanted to buy whole new computers just to run it. The same is generally true of Win7 though to a lesser extent. But since Apple controls both the software and the hardware, you're pretty much at their mercy. Craigslist is filled with "great deals" for Macs with G4/G5 processors in them sold by people who already find them useless.

    I'm "aware of the problem" but at least now with Intel based Macs, the machines will always be able to run Linux pretty well... hell, even Windows 7 for that matter. I'm guessing Apple is already regretting their decision to go with Intel based architecture.

  • Re:Kinda figures. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by x*yy*x (2058140) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:39PM (#35966382)
    I don't own an iPhone ("old" HTC Touch HD), but who really expects to get updates for their phones endlessly? It's always been the case that you buy a phone on the merits it has then. If it gets any major updates at all thats a huge bonus. It's the same with every phone manufacturer and has always been.
  • by Grizzley9 (1407005) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:42PM (#35966452)

    Apple has no qualms about making your computer obsolete so you have to buy new things. The promise of the PC was that you could keep upgrading on and on with inexpensive parts. That's not as true as I would like it to be, but it's not exactly a lie either.

    But with Apple, they care almost nothing about backward compatibility and backward portability. This makes all the G4 and G5 devices out there all but useless... before that, the 68XXX based machines. Now, with multiple iProducts out there, they are also abandoning the people who bought their iProducts less than 5 years ago expecting them to spend more money... or to spin it another way, creating more waste in landfills.

    Microsoft would LOVE to have the power Apple has to render OSes and hardware obsolete. The requirements for Vista were so high that no one wanted to buy whole new computers just to run it. The same is generally true of Win7 though to a lesser extent. But since Apple controls both the software and the hardware, you're pretty much at their mercy. Craigslist is filled with "great deals" for Macs with G4/G5 processors in them sold by people who already find them useless.

    I'm "aware of the problem" but at least now with Intel based Macs, the machines will always be able to run Linux pretty well... hell, even Windows 7 for that matter. I'm guessing Apple is already regretting their decision to go with Intel based architecture.

    I fail to see how a company coming out with new tech and innovation ruins or is "abandoning the people who bought their iProducts". Do you expect them to update older, less capable hardware with new software continually? 5 years in the tech industry is a whole generation, get used to it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:43PM (#35966470)

    But just remember, some users not getting certain features and being left out in the cold unless they buy new iDevices is far, faaaaaaaaar better than "fragmentation", where some users don't get certain features and are left out in the cold unless they buy new phones. So sayeth the LORD, our Savior, Steve Jobs.

  • Re:Kinda figures. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MistrBlank (1183469) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:52PM (#35966666)

    tis true... my xv6700 only enjoyed 4 years of updates due to the hacker community, but aside from one carrier update, didn't really add new features, ever.

    iBooks didn't exist when I got my iPhone3 why should I expect it now?

    What I do have a problem with however is that I do own an iPad (1 & 2) that syncs with my iTunes library and i use some Universal and iPhone apps on it that REQUIRE updates to function on iOS4. Those apps aren't guaranteed to run on iOS3. Apple provides no means to maintain multiple versions of the same App, nor does it allow you to roll back to older more functional versions of some apps. If I sync an iPad with an updated App, it copies that version to my iTunes and will force an update to my iPhone the next time it updates, my only option is to remove the app from my iPhone or use a copy that doesn't work. iOS3 is no longer supported and I've BARELY had the phone for more than 2 years at this point. That to me is unacceptable.

  • by MistrBlank (1183469) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:54PM (#35966708)

    Except, the iPhone 3G however is only 2 years old for some of us. That's the length of a cell phone contract, some of us would like to get 4 years on our phones and not pay $2-300 every other year for our phones.

  • by the_humeister (922869) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @02:01PM (#35966832)

    My HTC Aria is rooted and running Cyanogenmod 7 (Android 2.3.3). Honestly, if you don't root your phone and load custom ROM, I think you're missing out on quite a bit (not to mention the crapware that the carriers load onto the phone.)

  • by pherthyl (445706) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @02:47PM (#35967578)

    No. They're not computers. They're phones. Just because something has a CPU doesn't mean that it should be exactly the same as a computer. It's not like you're losing functionality here. You're just not gaining new features, which is exactly the same as on a computer. I don't expect my 2 year old desktop to play the latest games without a hardware upgrade. So quit your bitching.

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