Consensus on 1st gen iPad Mini & iOS 8?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by mnsportsgeek, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    Do we have a consensus on whether or not the 1st gen iPad Mini can run iOS8 well?

    I know there was some debate during the betas. Has anyone tested out the official release on their 1st gen mini and care to give an update?
  2. blairwillis, Sep 17, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014

    blairwillis macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2005
    Seems fine to me.

    I will note the one thing that does pester me is safari lags just a moment when opening a new tab. It's nothing major, but just a slight hesitation that wasn't there before. But otherwise, no real issues encountered.
  3. FreakinSyco macrumors regular


    May 3, 2007
    I agree. It's just OK. Definitely slower but not enough to be too bothered. I'll say that the way safari scrolls and displays images and gifs without slowing is worth the upgrade itself.

    But it does stutter here and there. Scrolling in the AppStore can be jerky. A pause here or there, like stated above when opening a tab or when long pressing to get the "open in new tab dialog"


    Also I was hoping for some of the added buttons the 6+ gets on the keyboard in landscape mode. Instead it's just the normal huge buttons.
  4. StoneJack macrumors 65816


    Dec 19, 2009
    Pages is unusable, horrendous lag in deleting letters and general ui operations under 8. I am thinking of downgrading to 7 because mini is my workhorse and i use pages all time.
  5. stickybuns macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2011
    Not happy about what I'm hearing. When I'm teaching, I have to log-in to on the classroom computer. There is no option to hook up my own computer to the projector. I got a message this evening that I MUST upgrade to iOS 8 to have access to my Cloud files. The Mini is my go-to device for editing presentations on the go. So, I either update to iOS 8 (and potentially turn it into a paper weight) or I keep it at iOS 7 and turn it into a toy.
  6. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    It's still early days but performance seems about the same as in iOS 7. Some hesitation here and there.
  7. stickybuns macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2011

    I really hope that's true! I didn't want to update to Cloud Drive without knowing if my Mini could handle iOS 8, but I needed to access my Keynote files on this evening, so I was left with no choice. Downloading update to Mini now and hoping that it doesn't end up being completely FUBAR.
  8. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Not bad so far on mine. Slight lag with rotation in Safari, and I'm not totally sure about this new word suggestion thing when typing.
  9. blairwillis macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2005
    I'm definitely not a fan of this word suggestion. I'm a fast typist, even with thumbs, and I find the flashing words a distraction. Maybe it will grow on me, but I don't see how. The in line autocorrect is fine with me, and glancing at words then clicking them seems inefficient.

    Furthermore, I'm a bit spooked by the suggestions sometimes. Like I will start a word with a single letter and the options it comes up with are obviously based on my browsing history or previous typing at some point, but not at all related to what I'm typing at the moment. I just find it creepy, like its mining my data, but not in a helpful way, and therefore not a necessary way.
  10. shortcrust macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Far too slow for me. Slow to that annoying point where you think a finger tap hasn't been registered so you tap again, then it registers them both and slowly does something you don't want it to do.

    I went back to 7 this evening. Best update ever! After 24 hours with 8 I can love my mini again.
  11. NJFP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    Mine seems fine. Granted, I haven't spent as much time on it as I have on my IP5 getting everything running like I want it.

    The IP5 does seem to lag when typing, I'm thinking that this could be an iOS8 issue, not a hardware issue. Thoughts??
  12. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    It runs a little slower but it's not unusable. I remember when iOS5 came out for the 1st gen iPad. In the beginning, the keyboard lagged so much you couldn't even type anything. This is nothing like that

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