iPad How is iPad 3 on iOS 8?

How is your iPad 3 running on iOS 8?


  • Total voters
    128

fruitpunch.ben

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 16, 2008
591
165
Surrey, BC
To those who have been running the iOS 8 GM on an iPad 3 (hopefully someone has!)
How does it run?
I know that many had big issues with iOS 7 on the iPad 3. I was one who did not. It's obviously getting old and a little slower, but mine ran fine on iOS 7. I'm hoping that the same will be the case with iOS 8, as I'd love to get some of the continuity features working, but don't want to risk basically bricking the iPad (like apparently is the case with iOS 8 and the iPhone 4S).

Thanks for sharing!
 

Rodster

macrumors 68040
May 15, 2007
3,178
6
If iOS 7 made the iPad 3 beg and plead for mercy then iOS 8 is not the answer as it's the same OS under the hood. In the iOS 8 forum some are reporting lag issues even on the Air. I'm holding off updating any of my iPad's and my iPad 3 is still running Scott Forstall's iOS 5. :p
 

nick_elt

macrumors 68000
Oct 28, 2011
1,578
0
If iOS 7 made the iPad 3 beg and plead for mercy then iOS 8 is not the answer as it's the same OS under the hood. In the iOS 8 forum some are reporting lag issues even on the Air. I'm holding off updating any of my iPad's and my iPad 3 is still running Scott Forstall's iOS 5. :p
The last version of ios 7 was actually ok, was much better for me than ios 6
 

aneftp

macrumors 601
Jul 28, 2007
4,303
500
The last version of ios 7 was actually ok, was much better for me than ios 6
Ios7. Version 7.0x was very slow on iPad 3.

I actually waited till 7.1 until I installed ios on it. I am 100 percent going to wait to install ios8 on iPad 3. Its 2.5 years old. Clearly not aging well. I do only basic browsing YouTube email on it these days. It still good for kids to use as well.

I have my unlimited lte Verizon SIM in iPad 3 or I would have retired it sooner.

Waiting for sales on iPad air 2 lte versions to finally replace iPad 3. I have 2 iPad air WiFi models. So we can finally get rid of all I devices with the 30 pin charging port
 

smooth

macrumors 6502
Nov 12, 2007
361
29
Detroit
I've been playing with it for a few hours and I don't see any difference from iOS 7 on my iPad 3. Just about all the apps seem just as snappy as the day I got the iPad. The only app that I've noticed any lag or sluggishness is Facebook. I've noticed it on my iPhone 5 as well.....
 

Professor X

macrumors newbie
Jun 19, 2013
4
0
iMovie crashes. Switching between apps,ect.. Slow. Can not sync with iCloud apps since upgrading to iCloud Drive ( ex, Pages)#
 

fruitpunch.ben

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 16, 2008
591
165
Surrey, BC
I've been playing with it for a few hours and I don't see any difference from iOS 7 on my iPad 3. Just about all the apps seem just as snappy as the day I got the iPad. The only app that I've noticed any lag or sluggishness is Facebook. I've noticed it on my iPhone 5 as well.....
Well that's good news.
I've since realized that I will have little choice but to upgrade my iPad 3, as I want to use iCloud Drive, and without iOS 8 it cannot use it.
Or if iOS 8 turns out to be terrible, perhaps I'll have to stick with normal iCloud until I get a new iPad...
 

danbar

macrumors newbie
Nov 17, 2011
18
0
Rotten

Progressively worst from IOS7.... Looks like I am forced to get an IPAD air:mad: where are you IOS 6?????!!!!!
 

MiamiC70

macrumors 6502
Oct 16, 2011
278
60
Slightly slower but overall usable. I am sure 8.1 will bring a bump in speed just like 7.1 did to 7.0.
 

philosopherdog

macrumors 6502a
Dec 29, 2008
585
374
I've never understood people who claim ios 7 is slower on ipad 3. You must be doing something wrong, have a bad app or something. It's been screaming fast on my ipad 3. So, I don't trust when people report ios 8 is slow. If a lot of people were saying it, then sure. Most likely your setup needs some maintenance if it's running slow, unless it's an iPhone 4s, I'd say this update is a no brainier. If you're still on ios 6 or 5 you're in a different world. Hardly any apps support these versions anymore, and they're slower and far less feature rich. There's always an os grampa in every crowd.
 

rdy0329

macrumors 6502a
Mar 20, 2012
537
204
Updated my dad's iPad 3. Dropped frames but not actually laggy. I'll toss it to it being the first update and subsequent ones will just optimize it.
 

iLLUMI

macrumors 6502a
Aug 1, 2012
518
156
If iOS 7 made the iPad 3 beg and plead for mercy then iOS 8 is not the answer as it's the same OS under the hood. In the iOS 8 forum some are reporting lag issues even on the Air. I'm holding off updating any of my iPad's and my iPad 3 is still running Scott Forstall's iOS 5. :p
I'm still on iPad 2 running iOS 5.1.1 :p
Never had any issues with it. Runs so smoothly and never had any app crashes.
Of course I'm limited to apps that only support that iOS but those iOS 6 apps and above I don't really need.

Going to keep my iPad 2 as is forever, however, I am planning on getting the next iPad Air so will look forward to the iOS 8 experience when I get that. Can't wait til October/November. :D

I think iPad's only need to be updated after a number of significant spec bumps have been made. However people can still cost effectively upgrade every year as they can simply sell their current iPad on eBay or to friends/colleagues and recoup some of the cost.
 

eutexian

macrumors regular
Jan 6, 2012
118
8
Mapperley, Nottingham UK
I updated it last night and within a very frustrating hour was downloading the 7.1.2 IPSW and rolling it back.

an altogether horrible experience. glad I went back before apple stop signing the older OS.
 

Beachguy

macrumors 65816
Nov 23, 2011
1,008
407
Florida, USA
Couldn't vote since there was no option for "runs fine, feels the same as iOS7."

Can't tell a difference- if anything, it seems modestly smoother.
 

powerbook911

macrumors 68040
Mar 15, 2005
3,743
162
iPad 3 was my worst luck Apple purchase ever. The Retina screen was amazing, but the machine was so underpowered. If I could have known to hold out until November that year, I'd be much better off today.
 

mtneer

macrumors 68030
Sep 15, 2012
2,896
2,063
Can you guys open TheVerge single tabbed without Safari crashing hard?
 

fruitpunch.ben

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 16, 2008
591
165
Surrey, BC
Couldn't vote since there was no option for "runs fine, feels the same as iOS7."

Can't tell a difference- if anything, it seems modestly smoother.
Yeah I forgot that option, and can't figure out how to edit a poll once it's been published. Thanks for replying though!
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.