Apple's iOS 4 update wreaked havoc on unsuspecting iPhone 3G users in August. Shortly after the new iPhone OS came out, people using the second generation iPhone complained of general sluggishness, unresponsiveness to screen taps and poor battery performance. Apple's support thread for the iPhone 3G with iOS 4 was 118 pages long at the time of this writing.
For the most part, the update to iOS 4.2 has solved the iPhone 3G's problems. In fact, iOS 4.2 may have even given the phone a performance boost, although there are still complaints coming in.
The most recent comment on Apple's support forum, left on Tuesday by a user named powerstack, complained that his phone was now slower than a "64K dial up connection." When he took his phone into an Apple Store to seek help, Powerstack claims an Apple Store employee suggested buying "an Android phone." The iPhone 3G on iOS 4 problems also inspired this parody video.
There were other woes for Apple in 2010 including the sloppy iPhone 4 launch, the debate over the iPad's mute /orientation lock switch and the perennial AT&T hatefest. Next year promises to bring a new iPad, a next-generation iPhone by the summer, and a Verizon-friendly iPhone rumored to launch in January. With so much Apple-related stuff set to launch in 2011, next year promises to be another 12 months of triumph and tragedy for Apple.