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?
Apple has always RAM-bottlenecked iOS devices for marketing puproses.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.
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.
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.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 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.How's that? I use a non-Retina mini everyday with 7.1 and never have any problems.
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.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.