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Ever since Apple released iOS 4, its latest major software update for the iPhone, users of the older iPhone 3G have complained that it introduced significant performance issues. Apple said it was looking into the issue in late July but has has been mum on the situation since then.

Now, thanks to yet another infamous email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it appears that the issue will soon be resolved with a new software update, according to MacRumors.

The email came in response to a customer who called their iPhone 3G experience “dog slow” and said they were having trouble with zooming, typing, and scrolling. “I’ve waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again,” they wrote. “I’ve read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade back to a version of iPhone 3, however I’m not prepared to use a method that is not supported by Apple.”

Jobs’ response was typical: “Software update coming soon.”

MacRumors figures he’s referring to iOS 4.1, which in preliminary testing seems to resolve the performance issues.

While it’s unfortunate that it’s taken this long for Apple to say that a fix was coming, at least now iPhone 3G users know there’s help on the way. I’ve also heard complaints from iPhone 3G S users who’ve also been experiencing slowdown issues with iOS 4, despite the fact that it’s more powerful than the iPhone 3G. Hopefully iOS 4.1 will fix those issues as well, while also bumping up the performance even more for iPhone 4 users.


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