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Apple is investigating reports that the 3G edition of the iPhone performs badly when updated with the latest iteration of its smartphone platform with a view to developing a software fix.

A flood of complaints from users about the less than exemplary operating speed of the iPhone 3G when updated to iOS 4 meant Apple had to work out why it was not only running slowly but also eating up battery charge and loading apps at a snail's pace.

When iOS 4.1 is launched it is alleged that the iPhone 3G will be given some respite with performance tweaks, but early reports from app developers contradict this claim.

Apple was open with the fact that iOS 4 is designed for the iPhone 4 and that performance on its older smartphones would vary.

However, rendering a legacy device inoperable with a software update is hardly the best step to take and so most users will be hoping that a software solution is found, or alternatively seek to roll back the software to iOS 3.2.

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