Time: 2008-08-06 Click:
July 11th was an ambitious launch day for Apple. The iPhone 3G rolled out, with several glitches, to Apple and AT&T stores nationwide, and the since-maligned MobileMe service debuted. The crux of that launch day, however, was iPhone OS 2.0, which made its way onto three devices: the iPhone 3G, first-generation iPhone and iPod touch. Unfortunately, the release has been similarly marred by technical flaws.
OS issues, combined with the hardware problems like poor battery life, difficulties with GPS, newly reported cracks in the white iPhone cases, third-party application crashing, slowness, and instability have resulted in a sour taste for many adopters, and the overall feeling of a beta rather than final product release.
Here’s our laundry list of complaints on stability and performance of iPhone OS 2.0. If we missed any, please let us know.
In general, iPhone OS 2.0 is categoically slower than OS 1.x. Many users are complaining that the interface is not as capable as before. Numerous delays accompany navigation within OS elements and Apple’s own applications. Sometimes the phone responds quickly, but begins to slow down over time, potentially indicating some serious issues with resource usage (i.e. memory leaks).
Users comments regarding the iPhone’s overall performance include the following
Transitions between Apps work intermittently – either not at all or very slowly.
Moving between Apps is slow.
Opening the SMS App can take a long time up to 7 or more seconds.
Opening the Camera App can take longer than 5 seconds – causing you to miss most candid shots.
Interface freezes during user input then suddenly it catches up unexpectedly. Jerky input and may not keep up with fast keyboard input.
Poor response from music controls in the iPod App.
Lagging response to touch gestures.
Inordinately long back ups in iTunes. Some backups literally taking hours.
Scrolling between screens of application icons can be jerky, slow or freeze sometimes as you flip through them.
Scrolling inside of Apps themselves where their screens support this can often be jerky, slow or freeze as you scroll up and down.
Inordinately long restarts
In many cases, the lag can be eliminated by resetting the iPhone: Turn the iPhone off completely, by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button (on top of the device) for a few seconds then slide the red slider. Turn it back on by holding the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
Poor performance generally returns after a period of normal operation post-reset, however