I was told about this video a few days ago, but never checked it out until today. I’ve been having very few issues with iOS 4, but I’m still on my 3GS. I feel bad for those on iPhone 3G, and it’s very difficult to downgrade back to iOS 3.
I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.
That says a lot for me. For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product. Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.
I am the target demographic. At least for launch, I am. Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone. I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders). I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.
I still don’t have an iPhone 4
What’s the big reason this year? Well there are a few reasons:
- It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
- What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon? I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
- Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call). I shouldn’t have to do that
- More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
- Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
- Where’s my 4G? If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
- Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me. I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone. I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
- Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user
Everyone has an iOS 4 review, or an iPhone 4 review, why shouldn’t I?
I saw on Engadget, Why Your iPhone 3G Didn’t Get Backgrounds with iOS 4 — and wanted to comment.
The problem is people are unhappy their iPhone 3G (and older models) doesn’t have the ability for custom backgrounds.
From the article, a letter written to Steve Jobs and the response:
Hey Steve! I just upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and was really looking forward to setting a background on my home screen. Guess that’s not happening, but I’d like to know why.
See, I get why you don’t include multitasking. My iPhone gets pretty hot when certain apps run, couldn’t imagine how multitasking would fry my phone.
But the background thing, I don’t see how that would be memory intensive and/or battery draining. It doesn’t seem like that feature needs to be exclusive to the 3GS and 4G.
I hope this email finds you in good health.
.. and the reply by Steve Jobs …
The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.
Yes, it sucks that users don’t get new features (I did like the tone Erica used in her email, it wasn’t annoying or accusatory, just curious). I’ve seen around the internet various receptions of this “lack” of new functionality.
Poor Steve Jobs.
According to ZDNet, the problems we are seeing specifically deal with Google Apps (or the use of Google as an exchange server). This is true for me, and I have been noticing additional problems checking email via Exchange on my iPhone as well.
I just upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 4 (iPhone OS 4) and lost all my contacts. Initially they were there and all was well, but then they all disappeared.
I even had to enter my voicemail PIN for the first time in years (I have never done this since first setting up my original iPhone years ago).
The fix? I’m not sure
The new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 4, is supposed to be released today. Historically Apple makes their moves at 1pm eastern (10am pacific). I wouldn’t be surprised to hear someone finds the link to iOS4 a bit early today.
As soon as it becomes available, I will let everyone know!