iPad Did 8.1.1 make the iPad 3 usable?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mvmanolov, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    Has anyone installed 8.1.1 on an iPad 3? is it better then before? any feedback on this would be great!
  2. mreg376 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I can tell you that 8.1.1 has made a huge positive difference on my iPad 2. I would assume that the more powerful iPad 3 will benefit too.
  3. dbarnett105 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2013
    iPad Mini 2 performance

    Since installing 8.1.1 both my 5S and iPad Mini 2 (both A7 devices like the Mini 3) I have seen a lot of improvements. Its really weird the A7 saw that big of a drop in performance since it is so powerful...

    Anyways I'm assuming since the Mini 2 and Mini 3 is the same (except the touch ID) then it'll be about the same upgrade
  4. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    You'd be mistaken if you think the iPad 3 is much more powerful than the iPad 2. It uses the same A5 chip, but has faster graphics, which were barely capable of powering the new retina screen.

    The OP is talking about the iPad 3rd generation not the iPad Mini 3. These naming conventions are getting really confusing!
  5. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
  6. mreg376 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I agree. Maybe the problem was not CPU usage, but inefficient coding.
  7. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Still waiting for someone to actually answer the OP's question.
    I've purposely held off from updating because of all the bad reports.
    I my just not even look at updating until 8.2
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Okay, I'll answer it then... There is SOME improvement, but not a great deal. I couldn't take it anynore and caved in... I bought an iPad Air 2 to compensate. Now that flies in comparison, but I'd rather not needed to do so. All things considered, I've already sold the iPad 3 for $250 so it almost 1/2 paid for the new iPad Air.
  9. mikeka macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    I have. No difference here. It was 'usable' before and still is. :)
  10. plusnq macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2013

    Same here. It is slower than the later iPads that the rest of my family have but that is to be expected really.
  11. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I can tell a slight improvement on my iPad 3 (mainly in Safari), but it still isn't as good as iOS 7.1
  12. rxd macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2014
    The Wifi is fixed now fwiw. 8.1.1 seems like a decent version to me
  13. Abstraktmind macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2013
    It's WAYYY better than all other IOS 8 versions
  14. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    My biggest pet peeve with 8 is the behavior of some programs like messages. I go into a field and type, but the keyboard doesn't go away automatically. If I want to read the latest messages, I have to dismiss the keyboard myself.
  15. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    I use the 4th Gen iPad from my job. With 8.1.1 I have found an increase in battery life, and it does seem a little quicker. Battery drain was really bad before, that to me was the most noticeable improvement.
  16. NorthSeaBeach macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    Don't do it unless you absolutely must. As it is now, I don't like it very much. Even my mum's Air isn't as smooth as it was on 7.1.2. Keeping my 3 on 7.1 forever and the two rMini's in our household untill oktober next year. Sure hope Apple has improved iOS 8 by then.
  17. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    I totally agree with the above. My iPad 3 is running iOS 5 and i'll leave it there. My Air is running iOS 7 and it'll stay there. I just bought an Air 2 so i'll see how it runs iOS 8. If i'm not happy i'll just return it.
  18. rbart macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2013
    iOS5 is really very old.
    I suppose a lot of apps are not available anymore for iOS5.
    iOS6 was as fast as iOS5, why didn't you upgrade ?
  19. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Because I knew iOS 7 would ruin the performance of the iPad 3 and my worse fears were proven correct. ;)

    Besides there are several iOS 5 features I still use and need. That's why I kept it on iOS 5.
  20. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    Tank you very much.... I think I will do in this manner... Is for my mother ipad 3...I have an air ( your situation only specular :D:D)
  21. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    I don't want to jinx things.

    I was all but resolved to never upgrade to iOS 8 on my iPad 3. But truth be told performance on 7.1 was already pretty lacklustre for me. And this was likely due to the fact that the iPad has never had a restore done on it.

    So I decided to take the plunge and do a fresh install of iOS 8 and set up as new. It's only been about a day, but I can definitely say it's as good as, or better than it was performing on 7.1. Again, I realize this was likely as much about the fresh install as it was iOS 8, but I'm more than satisfied that I can make due for another year with this device. iPad 3 gets a lot of flak, but as a casual device, it still does its job quite well. If you want to talk brutal performance, try enduring an iPhone 3g on iOS 4! ;)
  22. Mike Delta macrumors 6502

    Mike Delta

    Sep 12, 2014
    It made my iPad noticeably better but still not as good as iOS 7.

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