iOS 4.2 launch brings hope to iPhone 3G owners

If you're stubbornly clinging on to your old iPhone 3G, there's some good news on the horizon: the imminent iOS 4.2 launch will bring with it some much-needed performance improvements for your ageing hardware.

The hordes of iPhone 3G owners that eagerly upgraded to iOS 4 were met with an unpleasant surprise in the form of vastly crippled performance, and while iOS 4.1 went some way to speed things up, many were still sore at Apple for making their gadgets significantly more awkward to use - made worse by the lack of a downgrade path to return to anything prior to iOS 4.

Now, however, iOS 4.2 is on the horizon - and it may finally make the iPhone 3G usable again.

The guys over at TiPb got their hands on the iOS 4.2 Gold Master seed, which is currently only available to iOS developers, and installed it on a struggling iPhone 3G in the name of science - and the results are in.

According to the team, the iPhone 3G - released in 2008 and featuring a quarter of the RAM found in the iPhone 4 along with a slower processor - "did a decent job typing, scrolling, pinching, and zooming its way around iOS 4.2."

If you're more of a visual type, TiPb has released a video demonstrating the performance which we have embedded below for your perusal. With a definite improvement in performance with iOS 4.2, it looks like there could be life in the iPhone 3G yet.