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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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What is the best version of iOS for original iPad? I am still running 3.2

I have a first-gen running the original iOS (3.2) but I'm not sure I want to upgrade all the way to 5 due to reports of crashes and slowdown. What would be a good compromise?

The app store doesn't even work on 3.2 (fields are blank and buy buttons don't work) so I need to upgrade.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:18 AM   #2
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If you are still running a 1st gen iPad, I'd suggest upgrading to a new iPad rather than a new OS.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:22 AM   #3
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I have a first-gen running the original iOS (3.2) but I'm not sure I want to upgrade all the way to 5 due to reports of crashes and slowdown. What would be a good compromise?

The app store doesn't even work on 3.2 (fields are blank and buy buttons don't work) so I need to upgrade.

Thanks!
We are running 5.1 on ours (i think that is what it is, not at home right now). I thought 4 ran the best.

We still use ours alot every day, for web browsing (wife loves pintrest). Also use it as an ATV remote. I think if you try and upgrade the OS your only choice is to take it to the highest iOS that will run on it (that is 5.1 or so)
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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If you are still running a 1st gen iPad, I'd suggest upgrading to a new iPad rather than a new OS.
Lol, I also have a 4th-gen.

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We are running 5.1 on ours (i think that is what it is, not at home right now). I thought 4 ran the best.

We still use ours alot every day, for web browsing (wife loves pintrest). Also use it as an ATV remote. I think if you try and upgrade the OS your only choice is to take it to the highest iOS that will run on it (that is 5.1 or so)
Oh...I thought that I could manually select any ISPW file from iTunes and install that version. Not possible?
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:56 AM   #5
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Nope if you dont have blobs you will have to update to the latest possible version
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:58 AM   #6
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Nope if you dont have blobs you will have to update to the latest possible version
So holding ALT+clicking Restore and selecting a downloaded 4.X ISPW won't work?

Do you mean I need 4.X SHSH blobs from my device to do that (which I wouldn't have)?
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:54 AM   #8
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I think now that 6.1 is out and you can upgrade the 3GS, it's time for Apple to release a version of 6 for the original iPad. They talk about the percentage of iOS devices running iOS 6, imaging how much higher that percentage would be if they just released 6 for the 1G iPad...
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 11:34 AM   #9
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I think now that 6.1 is out and you can upgrade the 3GS, it's time for Apple to release a version of 6 for the original iPad. They talk about the percentage of iOS devices running iOS 6, imaging how much higher that percentage would be if they just released 6 for the 1G iPad...
The reason Apple still "supports" the 3GS at iOS6 is many of those users are still under contract to their cell phone companies. Remember the 3GS was still being sold as of September 2012 in many markets.

I suspect the 3GS will be supported with software updates until iOS7 is release. That way people who purchase the 3GS during 2012 feel like they gotten at least 1 year of software support.

The iPad 1 stopped being sold in March 2011. For the most part, there isn't a contract model cause iPad was full price purchase. Apple treated the original iPod Touch the same way (they actually charged $10) for software upgrades.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:05 PM   #10
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The reason Apple still "supports" the 3GS at iOS6 is many of those users are still under contract to their cell phone companies. Remember the 3GS was still being sold as of September 2012 in many markets.

I suspect the 3GS will be supported with software updates until iOS7 is release. That way people who purchase the 3GS during 2012 feel like they gotten at least 1 year of software support.

The iPad 1 stopped being sold in March 2011. For the most part, there isn't a contract model cause iPad was full price purchase. Apple treated the original iPod Touch the same way (they actually charged $10) for software upgrades.
I would be willing to pay for the upgrade.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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So holding ALT+clicking Restore and selecting a downloaded 4.X ISPW won't work?
The reason is that your iPad will communicate with Apple's servers and Apple won't authorize an older OS.

However this might give some hope with Redsnow:

http://blog.iphone-dev.org/

"•if you don’t have the blobs locally, let redsn0w try to fetch them remotely (redsn0w always tries both Apple and Cydia). Any succesful remote fetch also saves a local copy too."
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:18 PM   #12
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5.1 was a bad upgrade for the original iPad. Safari crashes a lot more.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:30 PM   #13
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We are running 5.1 on ours (i think that is what it is, not at home right now). I thought 4 ran the best.
Same here: running 5.1 and missing 4.x. The additional features in 5 aren't worth the performance hit.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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5.1 was a bad upgrade for the original iPad. Safari crashes a lot more.
^I agree.

What we have done is restore as new iPad and now all it is used for is Web browsing, Email and a remote for the AppleTV. We still get a crash in safari from time to time but nothing like before.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 03:43 PM   #15
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I still have my iPad 1 and I agree with the others. 5.1 is constantly crashing due to low memory. It's not unusable, but is is not nearly as fun as it used to be! I think it ran best on OS 3.2 but it also ran alright on 4. Once I upgraded to 5, it was all downhill due to the memory required to run the OS efficiently.

I was planning to get an iPad 4, but may decide to suffer a while longer til the iPad 5 comes out. I am also kind of in a dilemma with what to do with my old iPad 1. I'd like to sell it, but I would feel guilty because it crashes so much!
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:40 PM   #16
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My girlfriend is using an iPad on iOS5, and it does feel slower than it was on iOS4 but still usable.
Either way I would also say, maybe its time for an upgrade?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:22 AM   #17
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iOS 4 definitely ran better than iOS 5 on my original iPad. Still, my son uses it mostly for Netflix video and some kid games which it handles without problems.

Other than some scratches on the screen from my son and his friends gaming a little too vigorously on it, it still works well and the battery still lasts a long time.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:29 AM   #18
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I have a first-gen running the original iOS (3.2) but I'm not sure I want to upgrade all the way to 5 due to reports of crashes and slowdown. What would be a good compromise?

The app store doesn't even work on 3.2 (fields are blank and buy buttons don't work) so I need to upgrade.

Thanks!
The latest possible. iOs 5.xx

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5.1 was a bad upgrade for the original iPad. Safari crashes a lot more.
My experience tells otherwise. Works like a charm. I still don't fell the need to upgrade to a newer iPad (except for the excessive weight of the device itself)
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 09:07 AM   #19
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for the ipad1, my many accounts iOS 4.3.3 and 5.1.1 were the two most stable versions, the former especially so.

personally, i would go with those instead of v6.
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for the ipad1, my many accounts iOS 4.3.3 and 5.1.1 were the two most stable versions, the former especially so.

personally, i would go with those instead of v6.
iPad 1 will not run 6, so that choice is made for you.
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