iPad How long Apple Will support IPad Air 2?

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    My guess (and that's all it is, of course) is that it might make it to iOS 10 (or X), but probably not to 11. Its already struggling with iOS 9 (and struggled famously on iOS 8 until, I believe, 8.2). Perhaps Apple will come up with a way to "OS thin" iOS to keep it running, but, while I don't believe they intentionally obsolete old models, they also don't have any incentive to go out of their way to keep it running. Call it passive vs active "obsoleting".
     
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    They support iPad 2 with 512 MB RAM from 2011. Air 2 is the current model, it will be supported for three to four more years at least.
     
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    What are you talking about? The iPad Air 2 didn't "struggle" with iOS 8 (the OS it shipped with) and it sure as hell doesn't "struggle" with iOS 9.2.

    The original iPad Air was great on iOS 7, but iOS 8 took its toll in areas (Spotlight, Siri, areas with blur), and iOS 9 continues that trend. The iPad Air 2 will run iOS 10 and beyond. That tri-core CPU, octa-core GPU, and 2GB of RAM will see to that.
     
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    My mistake. I thought the OP said iPad 2, not iPad Air 2. I think the Air 2 will be supported for 4-5 years, at least.
     
  7. alphonseM, Jan 8, 2016
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    Noone can answer that question for you. It could be 2 years, but it could also be more. Depends on where Apple wants to take iOS, how you define and understand "keep supporting" (i.e. in terms of access to upgrades or a good user experience) and what you plan to use the device for (i.e. playing the latest games, browsing the web or reading ebooks).
     
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    I suspect it will be supported for a long time - the CPU matches the A9 in the 6s and it was the first device to use 2 GB RAM.
     
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    Seriously?

    It's barely a year old, and I would hardly say it's struggling with iOS 9. If the iPad 2 has been supported through 5 OSs, I would imagine the Air 2 will be as well, if not more.
     
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    Even Apple can't answer that question at this time, but the device is powerful, and it has 2 Gb of ram, so I would say you'll be ok for some more years.
     
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    Apple absolutely, 100% knows when the iPad Air 2 will be end of sale and end of support...

    I suspect we will see end of sale at some point this year and end of official software support 3-5 years away..
     
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    End of sales this year? Lol.... Apple still sells iPad Air, and it will be sell until iPad Air 3. So it is 1-1,5 another years MINIMUM for iPad Air 2.
     
  14. Math889 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think Apple Will stop sell the original IPad Air this year
     
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    The moment they will start selling the iPad Air 3
     
  16. cipher29 macrumors regular

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    Lol? It's so hard to fathom Apple announcing an iPad Air 2 replacement in the next 11 months?
     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't mean that the Air 2 would no longer be sold. The preceding model is usually still being sold even when a newer one starts being sold.
     
  18. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I would hazard a guess that the iPad Air 2 will be supported up to 2018-2019.
     
  19. AddisonIII macrumors regular

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    Huummmmm...Speaking for myself and have an Air2 I personally see no such struggle. No more so than those who just purchased a mini4 or the new model iPhones.
     
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    It is quite probable, and that means the iPad Air 2 will be discounted by $100 and still sold.
     
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    The triple-core A8X is still one of the fastest chips so I think it's going to be a while.
     
  22. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Not necessarily. Apple stopped selling the iPad 3 when the 4 came out, but still kept selling the 2.

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    OP: I believe that with the 2GB of Ram and Tri-Core processor, the Air 2 will last for several years.
     
  23. iTom17, Jan 12, 2016
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    This has always been a hard question to answer, because history has proven that it constantly changes. iPad 3 for example is one year newer than the iPad 2, but yet it struggles more with the latest iOS version. iPad 4 isn't much better either. Heck, even the iPad Air (1st generation) seems to have its issues, although it looks like iOS 9.3 is going to fix a lot of those.

    At the other hand, iPad Air 2 is quite a powerful device (the tri-core processor + 2 GB RAM does make a huge difference). If Apple doesn't mess things up, like introducing a redesign for iOS 10/11, it should be fine for at least another three years.
     
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    Up to the release of iOS 13 in late 2019, at least.
     
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