9.3.5 iPad 2 Resurrection

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Danley, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Danley, Dec 5, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017

    Danley macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2014
    I felt guilty about the iPad 2 under my bed; owned for such a short span of time, before it became "unusable." iOS 6 lagged, iOS 7 was bad (but better than an iPhone 4 on the same,) and iOS 8 really slaughtered it. I see so many of these as POS stations nowadays (at food trucks and such) and they're horribly laggy and crashy even in that role. I updated this thing to new iOS releases only for comedy. It was a crashy, lagging mess.

    Maybe a year ago I tried a few of the "standard" things (reduced motion, clear multitasking apps...) BS. I decided to make a more concerted effort to get it working; guess what? It's not lightning fast, but it's now usable; I'm sure someone like my mom or grandma could use it no prob. In fact, I can actually use it for basic tasks such as web browsing, email, Pages editing, streaming video and with my audio interface for recording guitar tracks (none of that was possible a while back. I couldn't even scroll or type unless I wanted to see the result 30 seconds later.)

    I'm pretty alarmed; Safari actually operates and scrolls with remarkable smoothness (BUT don't open too many tabs!) More complex websites do suffer by crashing almost immediately, but not subjecting to me lag; I can pop Safari right back open. Gestures (back/view tabs/app switch in general) are very smooth as well. The battery still lasts forever.

    I outlined in bold the best changes, below; notably I didn't restore or start from scratch. The more embarrassing change I made with the best practical effect was clearing the Safari cache. I never did, because there are five websites I regularly check and leave open (and have, since I got this in 2012) so I figured it wasn't as if I had a million tabs open but... Clearing it once and keeping web navigation to one tab at a time REALLY sped it up. I also deleted unused apps, although it's still about 8 gigs full (out of 16.)

    Now I don't have to spend more money on a new one ;) Of course I'm sort of worried about getting hacked...

    -Notification Center: Full off
    -Widgets: None
    -Spotlight Search full disabled (BIG improvement)
    -Gestures: On
    -Accessibility: Limited motion/transparency
    -Background App Refresh: Full off
    -Wallpaper: Exists
    -Messages/FaceTime: Signed out
    -Automatic Downloads: No
    -Location Services: Off
    -Diagnostics: Unsent
    -Ad tracking: Limit
    -Keyboard: autocorrect off, no shortcut/predictive (BIG improvement)
    -Safari: No tabs/favorites bar visible, pop-ups blocked, no search/Safari suggestion or quick website search/preload (BIG improvement,) Autofill off, "do not track," block cookies
    -Javascript: On (improves website performance)
    -News: No story previews
    -iCloud photo sharing/library: Off
    -Push: Full off, with manual fetch for Mail and Push only for iCloud (in reality this doesn't seem to make a huge impact... I'm not sure what "push" for iCloud even does since I don't have email accounts synced to it)
  2. SSAJ macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2016
    Yeah my mini 1 and 4s were also terrible on ios 9 thnk god i replaced them otherwise i would have been dead

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