Apple’s iOS 4.2 Still Not out but it Does Mostly Fix the iPhone 3G

Apple’s coming iOS 4.2 update has still not come out yet, despite rumors that it was supposed to launch today. However, some testing done with the iOS 4.2 version available to developers has shown that Apple has taken the criticism of iOS 4 to heart—it runs a lot better now on the iPhone 3G. Don’t worry video after the jump.

iPhone 3G running iOS 4.2 GM beta build

iOS 4.1 fixed a lot of the initial performance flaws in iOS 4 for the 3G. Of course, even without multitasking, the iPhone 3G is really on its last legs here. The iPhone 4 is up to 512 MB of RAM now while the 3G has a mere 128 MB. Yes, iOS 4.2 looks to run a lot better than the first two releases, but you still might want to downgrade back to iOS 3.x.

At the same time, Apple is facing a lawsuit alleging that the whole reason iOS 4 was so slow on the 3G when the new OS first came out was to force iPhone owners to upgrade to the iPhone 4. I’m not so sure about that, but Apple does not offer a way to downgrade your OS without technically voiding your warrant…

The new rumor—this one from iPhone-Ticker—claims that November 12th is the release date for iOS 4.2.While the new OS update is practically ready for release, it still needs some more testing with apps (that is what the GM beta build for developers is for). I don’t know if this is the real release date, but it is coming out sometime this month.

In the meantime, all of the iPhones running iOS 4.1 can have their PIN security partially bypassed because of a bug in the actual ‘Phone’ app. iOS 4.2 is also the unifying release that will power all three iOS devices (iPhone, iPod and iPad). Long story short, you want iOS 4.2.

So what do you think of how iOS 4.2 is running on the 3G? Have you already downgraded your iPhone 3G back to iOS 3.x? Hoping that iOS 4.2 will fix your iPhone 3G? Let me know in the comments.

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