When Apple introduce iPhone 4 and iOS 4, it ran poorly (slowly) on older iPhone 3G models. Is that by design? A lawsuit indicates Apple did it on purpose. From Courthouse News Service:
Since the release of iOS4 in conjunction with the sale and release of the fourth generation iPhone, or the iPhone 4 in June 2010, Apple has falsely, intentionally and repeatedly represented to owners and consumers of the iPhone 3G that its new operating system for the device, iOS4, was of a nature, quality, and a significant upgrade for the functionality of all iPhone devices, when in fact, the installation and use of iOS4 on the iPhone 3G resulted in the opposite – a device with little more use than that of a paper weight.
That’s about right. iOS 4 was very slow on iPhone 3G models.
This whole situation was created to be a consumer Catch 22 by Apple in order for the company to promote sales of its just released iPhone 4 and cause consumers to simply abandon the earlier 3G and 3GS platforms.
Hence the class-action lawsuit:
The true fact of the matter, as verifiable by information technology experts, is that the iOS4 is a substantial ‘downgrade’ from earlier iPhone devices and renders many of them virtually useless ‘iBricks’.
This will be fun.