Obsolescence, meet iPhone. It's true, iPhone OS 4 won't touch the original iPhone at all. But even the iPhone 3G is getting shafted quite a bit with iPhone OS 4.
There's three major things we noticed missing from iPhone 4.0 on the iPhone 3G, after running this checklist of new hotness.
The biggie. But, you know, duh. iPhone 3.0 has been barely tolerable on iPhone 3G hardware. Running more processes in the background? With half the RAM of the 3GS, that's just bad news dude. Still, it's a legitimate gripe from a normal person's perspective: "Why can't my iPhone, which looks just like my friend's iPhone, play Pandora in the background too?"
You know, I could handle no multitasking, actually, if it meant that the software would be optimised enough to return to iPhone 2.0 levels of speed and responsiveness. I just want Messages to open in under five seconds. That's all. But I know it won't. And I sigh.
That's right, no fancy custom wallpapers, no girls in bikinis peering through your apps, or the glow of Mount Doom spewing whatever it is giant evil mountains in Mordor happen to spew when it's the backdrop for your serious Twitter app addiction. Honestly, though I think it's kind of a blessing. The visual noise of a crazy wallpaper, new drop shadows from the icons and other superfluous graphical elements add up to some serious glossy grossness in iPhone 4.0. Give me straight up, classy black any day. But I'm sure a lot of you feel screwed. And the fact remains, not having the option for people who want abuse their phone and their eyes is certainly screwing over the iPhone 3G.
No Zoom in the Camera App
Our sad little camera is just 2MP, doesn't autofocus and doesn't record video. Now it doesn't do digital zoom, either.
We haven't noticed anything else major missing - the new photos app, with albums and faces is there, along with Folders and Game centre. Of course, we figure Apple won't let us miss out on those awesome iAds either. If you have a now officially old and busted iPhone 3G, and notice anything else missing, do drop a line.