iPad Do you think the iPad 2 will get iOS 8?

goobot

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Well it only got iOS 7 due to the fact that it was still being sold but this time around it was dropped half way through instead, so do you believe it will get iOS 8?
 

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I say it's 50/50 at this point in time. We'll find out in Sept or when iOS 8 is released. I actually give it a little more than 50% because iOS 7 was downright buggy and had performance issues. Maybe Apple will realize this and tighten things up with iOS 8 and release it on the iPad 2. Again we shall see.
 

acorntoy

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Nope. It's just like how the $199 iPod touch 4G was dropped suddenly so Apple didn't have to support it on ios 7.


The ipad mini and iPod touch 5G probably will though, and a lot of people will probably be pissed about it, but it's probably for the best because I don't see the A5 doing well on ios 8 :/
 

Count Blah

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Since they were selling them as recently as a week or two ago, I'd say yes. It might be with most of the "improvements" with iOS 8 disabled. The iPad and original mini yes. But iPhone 4s would not be supported.

But then again, look what thy did with the iPod shuffle 4th generation. It wasn't supported very long.
 
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Well it only got iOS 7 due to the fact that it was still being sold but this time around it was dropped half way through instead, so do you believe it will get iOS 8?
I don't think so, and not for the computational power limitation, but for the 512 Mb of ram.
I think next generation iOS will be based on the 1 Gb footprint.
So basically everything from iPhone 4s will be limited at iOS 7.1

Another possibility, like Count Blah said, could be a "limited" iOS 8.
It happened before IIRC.
 

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I think it depends upon what iOS 8 is going to be. Is it going to be a more refined and optimized version of 7? I hope so. After dramatic changes (on the surface and under the covers) between 6 and 7, I'd like to think that Apple has been using this time between 7 and 8 to tighten things up. Performance with 7.1 is not where it should be IMO.

If that's the case (probably not though), then I can see the iPad 2 getting a "reduced function" iOS 8 in much the same way that the iPhone 4 has with 7.
 

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I think it depends upon what iOS 8 is going to be. Is it going to be a more refined and optimized version of 7? I hope so. After dramatic changes (on the surface and under the covers) between 6 and 7, I'd like to think that Apple has been using this time between 7 and 8 to tighten things up. Performance with 7.1 is not where it should be IMO.

If that's the case (probably not though), then I can see the iPad 2 getting a "reduced function" iOS 8 in much the same way that the iPhone 4 has with 7.
Apple has always RAM-bottlenecked iOS devices for marketing puproses.

The original iPad, iPhone 3GS or fourth-gen iPod Touch with 512 MB of RAM would run iOS 7 as good as the iPhone 4.
 

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Apple has always RAM-bottlenecked iOS devices for marketing puproses.

The original iPad, iPhone 3GS or fourth-gen iPod Touch with 512 MB of RAM would run iOS 7 as good as the iPhone 4.
The original iPad used a single core Cortex A8 CPU just like the iPhone 4, so the difference is just 256 Mb vs 512 Mb .
 

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I think it will get it, but most of the new features won't work, so it'll pretty much be iOS 7 with more bug fixes.
 

mangomind

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Every iOS 7 device will, without a doubt, receive at least some features of iOS 8.

Apple has always sold new devices with new iOS versions. And Apple is still selling the A5-based iPhone 4S, iPad mini (basically an mini iPad 2), and the iPod touch. iOS 8 will support A5 devices.

Replacing the iPad 2 with the iPad 4 was purely to appeal to businesses and schools for bulk purchases. If Apple was planning on dropping support for the iPad 2, it would have also discontinued the extremely similar iPad mini.

Also it has been practically confirmed that iOS 8 will include performance enhancements and will support an iWatch accessory. Since iOS 8 includes performance enhancements to iOS 7, and since iOS 7 still includes many bugs and is crash prone, every device with iOS 7 should receive iOS 8. And the other main feature of iOS 8, iWatch accessory support, is an essential feature to support on as many devices as possible so that Apple could have a larger market for this companion device.
 

rui no onna

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Since Apple's still selling the iPad Mini which is practically identical to the iPad 2 in terms of processing power, I reckon yes, it'll get iOS 8. However, whether it will perform well or have most of the new features is a question.
 

iamMacPerson

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I say it's 50/50 at this point in time. We'll find out in Sept or when iOS 8 is released. I actually give it a little more than 50% because iOS 7 was downright buggy and had performance issues. Maybe Apple will realize this and tighten things up with iOS 8 and release it on the iPad 2. Again we shall see.
I agree with the 50/50 likelihood, but for a different reason (I think 7.1 is a really great OS). The iPad 2 has the same specs as the iPhone 4s, so as long as Apple keeps selling the iPhone 4s I think you'll be good. But then, there is the possibility that it will fall into the same category as the iPod touch 4th Gen, they kept selling it until WWDC came around and dropped it in favor of a slightly more expensive, though less feature packed 16GB 5th Gen touch because 7 wouldn't support the 4th Gen touch.

The other thing is, it seems Apple is no longer going for forced obsolescence. Mavericks runs on iMacs and MacBook Pros as old as 2007. Yeah, 2007. And iOS 7 is running on 4 year old mobile hardware, which is pretty damn good.
 

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Yes. I'd put money on it. It'll definitely have iOS 8 because iPad mini definitely will and they're essentially the same device. It may not be full-featured, but 100% chance it will be supported in some way.
 

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I had Ipad 2 and Iphone 5c then i sold Iphone 5c but when it was with me, i dont see any significant diff. in term of speed on ios 7 compare to my Ipad 2.

Since 7.0, the work "smooth" has been removed from all ios device obviously. If Ios 8 will maintain the same "look" then i dont see why Ipad 2 can't upgrade. The problem is apple just took it out of store in replace by 4. Now every ios are equip with new "lightning cable" so it make sense they will stop ipad 2 at 7 and only update new devices. Ipad 2 might have capability to go 8 but its up to apple to decide. I dont know if today sales figure ipad 2 still on top or still sell well or not. To me, ipad2 or Air doesn't make difference much. Both same screen size, batterywise.
 

rui no onna

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I agree with the 50/50 likelihood, but for a different reason (I think 7.1 is a really great OS). The iPad 2 has the same specs as the iPhone 4s, so as long as Apple keeps selling the iPhone 4s I think you'll be good. But then, there is the possibility that it will fall into the same category as the iPod touch 4th Gen, they kept selling it until WWDC came around and dropped it in favor of a slightly more expensive, though less feature packed 16GB 5th Gen touch because 7 wouldn't support the 4th Gen touch.
The iPod Touch 4th gen was so RAM-starved that it barely ran iOS 4 well. I reckon the decision not to release iOS 7 for it had more to do with performance issues than anything else. Meanwhile, Apple's still selling the iPad mini with A5 CPU, 512MB RAM and 1024x768 display which is what the iPad 2 has. That said, I think the 2 and mini are almost EOL by way of iOS updates.
 

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I agree with 50/50. I don't think it's determinative that the internals are essentially the same as the 4s and original mini because apple dropped support for ipad 1 before iPhone 4, and they had very similar internals. I think they also dropped support for an iPod touch that was very similar to a still-supported iPhone, but I can't recall which models.

If it does get iOS 8, it will be very hamstrung in terms of features (it's already missing things like Siri and AirDrop even though the hardware could support them). I personally still have mine on iOS 6, as I think the performance hit to upgrade is not worth the new features.
 

rui no onna

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How's that? I use a non-Retina mini everyday with 7.1 and never have any problems.
The iPad 2's been around since what, iOS 4? I reckon we're looking at just 1-2 major updates before Apple drops support for it.

I agree with 50/50. I don't think it's determinative that the internals are essentially the same as the 4s and original mini because apple dropped support for ipad 1 before iPhone 4, and they had very similar internals. I think they also dropped support for an iPod touch that was very similar to a still-supported iPhone, but I can't recall which models.
Thing is the iPhone 4 has A4 CPU, 512MB RAM and 640*960 resolution. The iPad 1 has A4 CPU, 256MB RAM and 1024*768 resolution, not to mention it usually loads desktop instead of mobile versions of websites. Likely has higher memory footprint, too, owing to bigger graphic assets. Heck, even the iPod Touch 4th gen got an update to iOS 6.

I agree with 50/50. I don't think it's determinative that the internals are essentially the same as the 4s and original mini because apple dropped support for ipad 1 before iPhone 4, and they had very similar internals. I think they also dropped support for an iPod touch that was very similar to a still-supported iPhone, but I can't recall which models.
It was the iPod Touch 3rd gen and iPhone 3GS.
 

RoboWarriorSr

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I believe it will likely get iOS 8 since both the iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G will highly likely get iOS 8. Apple could always not update the iPad 2 and 4S and update the Mini and iPod models, kinda like how Apple doesn't allow certain API's on older device (ex. 60 FPS was disabled for 4S models but works on the iPod :confused: despite having the same SOC). Though the iPad 2 will seriously been an great investment in terms of software updates since it's been having updates since iOS 4. :eek: