How is performance on iPad 2 ?, still running 7.1.2

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Johnick, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. Johnick macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013

    My iPad 2 is running 7.1.2 and I avoided iOS 8 after all the horror stories of it making older devices virtually unusable. 8.3 was supposed to be a minor improvement, but I said Id hold out for 9 seeing as Apple said it would be leaner and focus on being optimized better for older devices. Can anyone else share their experiences ?.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    DO NOT UPDATE!!!!!

    iOS 9 runs worse than 8 on my iPhone 6
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
  4. mikzn macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2013
    Works well enough for me - have iPad 2 running 9.1 beta - which seems quite a bit better than 9.0 and better than 8.4

    I don't think it will run as fast as 7.1.2 but you will skip 8 and have a few of the new features added.
  5. pituin macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2015
    Mine just lags everywhere. I'm using it primarily for Plex and Kindle, still performing ok. Web browsing is just horrible, and resource-intensive apps often crash on me. I'm on 9.1 beta, after trying the public release, but there's no big difference. It's just the end of the line for our iPads.
  6. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Not on an iPad 2 but I am on two A5 devices that run somewhat sluggishly as they did in iOS 8 (roughly the same). Word is that 9.1 will be better, so maybe wait until then.
  7. azhava macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    I'm running 9.0 on an iPad 2. It seems smoother/faster than it was under any 8.x version and battery life is about the same or slightly better.
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Leave your iPad on 7.1.2. iPad 2 should have never been allowed to update to 8.0.
  9. Johnick thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
  10. salzrat macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2015
    I have an ipad 3 and I second those that recommend to stay on 7.1.2. I would give a lot to be able to downgrade to 7.1.2.

    On 9.1, it might actually seem usable at first, but there are simply so many small parts that lag that it isn't fun anymore. Worst are Safari (lag when typing) and iBooks (lag when turning pages in landscape mode).
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    As would usually be the case with any update. You won't really know what it will be like for yourself unless you risk trying it basically.
  12. salzrat macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2015
    And that is a really big risk, since you can't go back. If there is not a strong reason to update, then don't. There are not really that many features that actually work on an iPad 3 anyway...
  13. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Your mistake was updating your iPad 2 to 7.1.2.

    Should've stayed on 6.1.3. :p
  14. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    IPad 2. Wish I was still on OS 7. 8 and 9 are terrible. Especially web browsing. The worst part is you can't go back! Why?
  15. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Because it's more "secure"!

    Well, technically it is, but not by much.
  16. salzrat macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2015
    Well, on iPad 2 you can always go back to 6.1.3 using the Odysseus exploit... But I wonder whether it's worth it. 7.1.2 was not so bad performance wise, and many apps require 7 or higher...
  17. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    arstechnica did an article on the performance of the iPad 2 comparing 8.4.1 and 9.0 GM. The consensus seems to be that they're about the same, but 9.0 GM is milliseconds slower or faster depending on the app you are opening, and neither of them are as fast as you staying on iOS 7. I'm going to link to the article here and also put in a few choice paragraphs from the article itself, though I may not completely agree with their final suggestion.

    "Using the iPad 2 with iOS 9 feels very similar to using it with iOS 8, and our app launch tests mostly bear that out—iOS 9 mostly either stays level or adds a couple of tenths to a second to app launch times. Going from iOS 7 to iOS 8 resulted in much more noticeable increases. Unfortunately, if you've been sitting on the sidelines with iOS 7 this whole time hoping that iOS 9 would bring salvation, that doesn't seem to be the case."

    "If you're running iOS 8, the answer to the above question is "yes." It doesn't make anything appreciably worse, and for all the stuff you're missing you're still getting a whole bunch of the new features we highlighted in our iOS 9 review. It's got the better, more legible software keyboard, the upgraded first-party apps, the new APIs for third-party Spotlight searches, and more.

    If you're still running iOS 7, at this point we'd say you should probably upgrade, not because you won't take a small performance hit but because developers will increasingly abandon that older OS version if they haven't already. Apple's iOS updates roll out quickly, but the downside of that is that there's not a ton of incentive for developers to support older releases forever and ever. It's common for developers to support the current release and the immediately previous release, but starting today that doesn't cover iOS 7 anymore. And though it's not going to make your old device feel new again, iOS 9 is probably Apple's best, most stable x.0 iOS release in years."
  18. Wando64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2013
    IOS9 has been a pleasant surprise for me and my experience is absolutely positive.
    To me this is the best iOS version since the old days of v6.

    I am running it on an ipad2, an Air and an iPhone 5s.
    All three are working great and particularly the iPad2 has come back to life after having become a bit sluggish with ios8.

    Of course YMMV, but I personally only have good words for IOS9 on all my devices.

    EDIT: Ocviously I am running 9.0.1
  19. thekayman macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2014
    9 is really no different than 8. It doesn't run great but it's usable. You'll get stutter, apps lagging, Safari tabs reloading all the time, occasional app crashes, etc. If you have a use for the new features of iOS 8/9 (and there's a whole bunch of them), go ahead and upgrade, you'll get used to the drawbacks.
  20. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    Smoother than 8, but slower than IOS 7.

  21. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    That's kind of my dilemma too, whether stay on IOS 6 or go to IOS 7. Finallt I went to the latter, just because lot of my favs apps required IOS7. However, I stop in 7.1.2 due to better performance and battery life compared to IOS 8.

  22. Mercifull macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    My iPad 2 lags... but so did iOS8 and iOS7. Upgrade, enjoy the better features then save up your pennies to replace it.
  23. Johnick thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    iOS 9.0.1 seems to run about the same as 8 did on my 5th gen iPod touch, but the battery life is noticeably better. I only using it for listening to podcasts though.
  24. Liam Steven macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
  25. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    Lagtastic but good enough for the kiddies movies and games.

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