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As a jailbreaker I stayed away from iOS 4.1 for as long as possible. Last weekend’s launch of GeoHot’s limera1n and the subsequent Chronic Dev Team’s greenpois0n release opened up the possibilty to finally update from the 4.0.1 original firmware my iPhone 4 shipped with. 4.1 was Apple’s first major update release to their 4th generation iOS platform; with extra features (HDR), stability fixes and some security holes being closed it looks, on the surface to be a no brainer update. It’s two days since I updated my iPhone 4 to 4.1and I’m giving serious consideration to downgrading to 4.0.1 again.

I’m really disappointed with the update. It’s left me with appalling battery life (I’m charging the handset at lunchtime!), applications that crash all the time, and a sense of astonishment given that when I used to hard reboot my iPhone it would kill any open applications. Not any more, anything that’s open on my iPhone before I reboot it is still backgrounding when it comes back up again. I want a clean boot up when I hard reboot like it used to be!

Initially, I thought that the poor performance and unstable platform could be down to my having jailbroken the handset however after having polled my followers on Twitter I’ve found I’m not alone. Several people have reported to me the same issues I’m experiencing and some of them aren’t jailbroken.

I have to ask the question, did Apple released 4.1 too early? Is it the lame duck of their iOS releases and does this mean we’ll see either an update to it quickly, or 4.2 brought forward for all devices and not just the iPad? (November release anticipated at the moment)

Are you experiencing issues with your iOS 4.1 device? If so, please share with us the symptoms. I’m interested to know if you are jailbroken, and if so, what jailbreak method did you use?

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