Anyone kept their iPad at 10.3.3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bg0206, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. bg0206 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2018
    I'm asking because I mostly see iOS 11 iPads now but I'm not a fan of the changed multitasking.
  2. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Yes. I have kept my iPad Mini 4 at 10.3.3. Sadly, I updated my 12.9 iPad Pro to 11 and the significant loss in battery life (and loss of 32-bit app support) was not offset by the benefits of 11.
  3. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    I still kept my iPad mini 4 at 9.3.1... I literally haven’t touch this iPad for a year. I powered on yesterday, because I would need give this iPad to my father in law (his iPad was broken). I noticed it still has 9.3.1. Immediately installed the Apple TV developer profile. This iPad will never update pass 9.3.1.

    P.S. The iPad 9.7 2017 and iPad Pro 12.9 inch second generation will stay with iOS 11 forever.
  4. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Ha! I did the same thing (install the Apple TV developer profile) on my Mini 4 (as well as my iPhone SE). Ever since learning about that trick, I do that for every iOS device that I own.
  5. iSearch macrumors member


    Dec 27, 2015
    My 12.9 iPad Pro that I got in mid September came with iOS 10.3.3, so I kept it that way. I like iOS 10's multitasking just fine, and I like the 32 bit app support.
  6. Ludatyk macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2012
    What 32 bit apps that have you standing firm on iOS 10.3.3? I’m surprised you favor iOS 10 multitasking over iOS 11... I felt as though it was limited.

    But to the OP.... why are you not a fan of the changed multitasking? There’s so many benefits to it... especially with drag support between apps.
  7. mikzn macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    iPad Air tried iOS 11 and went back due to the legacy 32 bit app support - too many apps that would have to give up or find new.

    everything works fine with 10.3.3
  8. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
    I updated my 12.9” Pro 2 to iOS 11, but kept my 10.5” Pro on 10.3.3. This way I get the easier to use side by side screen on the larger iPad. I usually only use one app at a time on the 10.5 and I also kept it that way for 32-bit apps, which admittedly are just 9 find or adventure games now. Once I’ve gone through those games, I might consider updating it.
  9. Richard8655, Jan 31, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2018

    Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    Decided to stay on 11.2.2 on my 2017 5th gen. Using TVOS 11 beta profile to reject future upgrade harassments.

    Not only to prevent bad future performance, but I rarely find new release features of any practical use and they often just get in the way.
  10. arefbe macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2010
    Yes, staying on 10.3.3. At least until Infocom updates LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM to 64-bit!;)
  11. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have mixed feelings about iOS11. I stayed with 10.3 until a couple of weeks ago. Those new security bugs finally convinced me to update to iOS11. Now that I’m on iOS11, here are my thoughts:

    1) I like the added features, especially the new multitasking and the dock.
    2) Drag and drop feature is nice, but not something I will use often.
    3) iOS11 is extremely buggy. I have had many issues. Nothing that is a deal breaker, but some are annoyances.

    I’m glad that Apple says they are postponing some features intended for iOS12 for a year to concentrate on performance improvements.
  12. Jimbo Limbo, Jan 31, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018

    Jimbo Limbo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2015
    In my family, the iPad Air 2, and iPad Air have been updated to iOS11. Both of these were restore installed, which is key.

    The Air 2 runs quite nicely, with NO issues. The iPad Air did become a bit sluggish, but it is not running heavy weight apps.

    However, for my iPad mini 2 128Gb LTE, I have left it at iOS 10.3. The processor is the same as the iPad Air, but it is clocked slower in the mini 2. I am getting app crashes, but they are due to only having one gig of RAM. The apps would crash even more often with iOS 11 as there is less RAM free after the OS loads.

    I accidently started the iOS update to 11. After finishing, I feel that my iPad mini 2 now crashes far less than before. Perhaps keeping it at 10.3.3 was a foolish idea. I am happier with it now than before the update.

    I was not expecting this to be the case at all. Now, the version installed was 11.2.5, so perhaps the earlier iOS 11 versions caused more trouble.
  13. FeliApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2015
    I've kept my 9.7 Pro on 9.3.4. I've had one iPad severely affected by an update (4 to 7.1.2) and decided I'd never update again. This iPad is staying on 9.3.4.
    Needless to say, it works flawlessly.
  14. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Yes, mine works fine with 10.3.3. No reason to upgrade. I used to upgrade with every OS announcement, that was when Apple tested upgrades before rolling them out. Since Cook took over, upgrading has turned into a crap shoot - and I am not a gambler.
  15. grininja macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2017
    I tried beta 11 until last minute on my iPad Mini 4. I disliked the stuttering and the changed multitasking screen. I only miss the dock. I came back to 10.3.3 and it was like the mini could breath again.
  16. LibbyLA macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2017
    My IPP 10.5 is still on 10.3.3 because 11.x broke photo import from the SD card reader. I first upgraded my iPad Mini 4 and import broke. Some photos would import but then import would stop and the app would crash. I did more testing, including before and after with my iPP 9.7. Import worked with 10.3.3, crashes inconsistently with 11.x. I have left my iPP 10.5 on 10.3.3 because one of the primary reasons I got my first iPad (iPP 9.7) was for photo import.

    An Apple engineer confirmed the problem and it's supposed to be being worked on, but it's been about six weeks and I've heard nothing.
  17. rowspaxe macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    I like the way 10 handles music and podcasts much better than 11.
  18. bg0206 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2018
    I'd rarely use the drag and drop in Files since I'm more of a writer and I don't work with visuals often. It's also faster to swipe from the right and find the right app to multitask with, rather than swiping from the bottom, drag the app, and wait 3 seconds for it to drop down.
  19. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    I still have my 9.7 iPad at 10.3 and no way will I be updating unless Apple tricks me into it. I just can't loose the hundreds of 32-bit apps I have still.
  20. Ludatyk macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2012
    3 seconds? I think your exaggerating there... I know for me it certainly doesn’t take 3 seconds for it to drop into place.

    But it’s more than just swiping to the right on iOS 10... with iOS 11 you can have a Mission Control experience similar to that on the Mac.


    I do understand being familiar with iOS 10 and wanting to keep that same experience, but IMO iOS 11 is a lot better multitasking for the iPad compared to iOS 10.
  21. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I kept my Mini 4 on 10.3.3 until I sold it when I purchased my 10.5” IPP. iOS 11 has been a pretty smooth experience for the most part on the Pro.
  22. David-fr macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2008
    Bay Area
    Why did we have two panels for widgets in the ipad on ios 10 then only 1 in ios 11!
  23. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    That was one of the first things I noticed on my 12.9 Pro. Also, the task switcher Cmd+Tab includes "most recently used apps" as well as those currently running. I'm not a fan of that either.
  24. bg0206 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2018
    Very constructive opinion :D. I'm just more familiar with the iOS 10 Multitasking, so it's personally faster for me and I be productive quicker. Considering the fact that I've done this for the past 2 years when I got my first Pro.
  25. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I voluntarily stayed on the iOS 11 public beta rather than restore to iOS 10.3 despite the numerous bugs and instabilities just for the improved multitasking features alone.

    It mattered that much for me.

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