iPad Will iOS 7 and 7.1 be compatible with the iPad 3? What about iOS 8+

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Apple-Fanboy, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    I got a iPad 3 White WiFi with 64GB of internal storage for just $499 new (there was a special deal going on in retail stores only), and I was wondering if I will be able to get iOS 7 or 7.1 on it when it comes out. Most people have said that they would be very surprised if it didn't, but I'm just wondering.

    However, I have a feeling it won't be compatible with iOS 8 and up which is not bad; I mean iOS 6.0.1 is already great, and iOS 7 is probably going to be awesome, so there's no reason I should be upset actually if either of those don't come out, but it's just out of curiosity.
  2. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Yes, it will. Apple doesn't cut out devices that are only a few months old from the next iOS iteration.

    iOS 8 will too I'm sure.
  3. macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    iOS7 definately will. iOS8 most likely will, although it may have some features with-held :)
  4. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I'm 90% sure the iPad 2 will be seeing iOS 7. The iPad 3 definitely will. It will also likely see iOS 8.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, they are still selling iPad 2's and we are at iOS 6 at the moment. So iPad 2's should still see iOS 7, so I think it's save that the 3rd generation iPad will see iOS 7, and most features in iOS 8 if not all.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2008
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Yes, it will see it.

    Ironically, a lot of people here said the reason for the 1st iPad didn't get iOS 6 was because Apple wasn't selling it anymore; the same stupid argument can be made to the iPad 3 (Apple isn't selling it, so it isn't supporting it).

    Aside with playing Devil's Adocate, iPad 3 will get iOS 7.
  8. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Wondering what? People can only speculate and go on history. A lot of speculation doesn't become fact.
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Tim Cook's profit margin approach will make iOS 7 the last it will ever get. Or possibly 6.x.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Should it? Yes. Will it? Who knows.

    I think the only real iOS devices to get screwed with iOS updates are the first or second of each generation. Seeing as they're still selling the iPad 2, I would fully expect that to get updates until iOS 7 and likely iOS 8.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013

    Where did you buy your iPad 3? You got a great deal. Please email me at: ryan.gitzen7@gmail.com
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    iOS 7 will certainly work, iOS 8 will install but features will be crippled.. no biggie!
  13. macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2010
    A simple visit to http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7/features/ will help. :cool:

    iOS 8 will probably still support iPad 2 since the mini is still new and uses the exact same processor. And the iPad mini for sure will support iOS 8
  14. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    By the way, this thread is from 6 months ago.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Apple decisions to support products aren't tech based, but time based

    I've been with them since before the Mac existed, it's always been the case
  16. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    For the most part, with iOS at least, it's mostly been based on what is still officially being sold by Apple at the time of announcement/release of a particular update. That said, a lot of times there are also additional explanations for something not being supported due to technical reasons--something not being there in iPhone 4 hardware to support Siri, not enough hardware power for the original iPad to support iOS 6 (and beyond), etc.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    (Not exclusively time based, but many times products have not been supported not because of tech reasons - but end of support life as defined by Apple.)

    For instance my Mac Pro from 2006 is not supported by Apple to run Mountan Lion. Yet I run it with zero probs (had to hack a tiny bit) and others already have Mavericks working fine on it! :)
  18. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    No need to speculate on iOS 7, scroll to the bottom of this page, but note the fine print


    regarding iOS 8, like others have stated, it's too soon to tell
  19. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Again, the original question and most of the thread was from January this year, when pretty much no (official) information about iOS 7 was available.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2011
    I think iOS 8 will support everything but the iPad 2 and iPhone 4. Everything else but with a bit of limited support, and everything
  22. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    Regardless of thread age. There really isn't a good reason it won't get iOS 7, I doubt Apple will burn iPad 3 owners that bad. The only hold up with the 3 isn't its inability to play games with full effects like the iPad 2 and 4 can.

    The OS itself doesn't need that sort of processing power. Game devs will just continue to cripple games per device.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Wait, what? What is this game with full effects that the 2 and 4 can that the 3 can't you speak of?
    First I am hearing.
  24. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    The iPad 3 won't get iOS 8 because upon its release it was under powered--that's why the iPad 4 came out so soon after. The decision to upgrade a device is based upon whether the hardware can provide a good experience and I'm afraid the iPad 3 stutters even on iOS 6. I'm an iPad 3 owner btw.

    It will definitely get iOS 7 though so its good for another year.
  25. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's somewhat hard to say if that will be the case or not. Given that iPad 3 is still a fairly recently released iPad, you never know. I guess we'll see when iOS 8 is announced/released.

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