I consider myself an early adopter when it comes to testing the latest software and hardware. For better or worse, this can sometimes be a terrible thing. Adopting the latest technology doesn’t come without its own pitfalls such as buggy software.
Every time Apple release a new iOS update, I tend to jump on board the moment it’s released. Luckily, Apple has pretty stringent quality assurance, so very rarely do we ever get bugs that severely impact our experience with our devices.
With the recent release of iOS 4.3.3, I’ve noticed my iPhone 4 has been feeling relatively sluggish. Opening and closing apps hasn’t been as snappy as it could be. Initially I didn’t want to blame 4.3.3 as the sole cause, so I decided to wipe my phone and start from a clean slate. Instead of restoring my phone from a backup, I went through a factory restore and installed my favourite apps one at a time.
I no longer install hundreds of apps anymore, so I try to keep only the most essential frequently used apps on my phones. Last time I checked, I don’t think I had more than 33 third party apps installed.
After installing all of my third party apps one at a time, again I had the same feeling of sluggishness. I haven’t been able to pin point if it’s just the amount of apps I have, or if there is a specific one that is being a complete dick. I’ve been tempted to just run my iPhone 4 vanilla sans any third party apps for a few days to see how it feels.
I’d like to do a more in-depth test before I draw any conclusions, since I don’t want to put the blame on iOS 4.3.3 just yet.
If any readers of Zero Distraction would like to share your experiences with the latest iOS update, let me know.