How's iOS 9.3 on iPad 2/3?

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  1. bcodemz macrumors member

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    How does iOS 9.3 run on the iPad 2 and iPad 3? Does it lag and stutter?
     
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    Don't expect anything from an iPad 2.
    It is ancient hardware really...
     
  4. amcgrath815 macrumors newbie

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    I can't even get mine to finish the update! it's completely unusable at the moment
     
  5. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't the 3 just a 2 with a higher resolution screen?
     
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    Not exactly... A different CPU (A5X vs A5), a slightly different GPU and double the RAM.
     
  7. bcodemz thread starter macrumors member

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    You have it backwards. It is a slightly different CPU (essentially the same), but double the GPU power. Doubling the GPU power isn't actually enough, it needs 4x since there's 4x more pixels. So the iPad 3's GPU, in a way, is half the power as the iPad 2.
     
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    Where I wrote somethings about iPad 3 performance?
     
  9. bcodemz thread starter macrumors member

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    You didn't, except you wrote wrong things. It is not a different CPU. It is exactly the same. It's not a slightly different GPU, it is a very different GPU that performs 2x faster.
     
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    You are arguing about semantics.... If you want to be correct, those aren't even CPU but SoC.
    A5 and A5X aren't the same SoC.
    They have a difference in the integrated GPU, where the A5X doubles the cores number of A5.
    Better ?

    That doesn't change my answer to the question: iPad 3 isn't just an iPad 2 with an higher resolution display.
     
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    I was a little hesitant to use my iPad 2 after iOS 9 in general, i regret updating it. But, when i installed the 9.3 Beta, it seems to be running a bit smoother, general OS-wise at least. Apps are taking a bit longer to open, though i expect its because they need to update as well, and are a bit more demanding now of the iPad's hardware. however, since i mainly just use it as a casual Netflix/Youtube viewer, reading tablet and such, its just fine. It is raging pretty rapidly now though...
     
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    Both on my 2. Like slo-mo. For example tapping the export menu (the elevator) in Safari takes around 6 seconds until the bubble appears. Even after setting it up as a new device recently.
     
  15. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    The A5 core is a SOC but like any SOC it does have a CPU and GPU component.
    the guy you quoted was actually technically correct.

    The ipad 3 is pretty much just an ipad 2 with 2 extra GPU cores in order to power the high res screen.
    The CPU portion of the A5 Soc is exactly the same, dual core, clocked at 1GHz.
     
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    nope. The point was iPad 3 and iPad 2 are "the same", and that is NOT CORRECT no matter how you twist it: A5 and A5X aren't the same SoC.
    Performance wise they are quite similar, but I never spoke about performance.
    Read the thread again, please.

    Isn't the 3 just a 2 with a higher resolution screen?

    This was the question I answered.
    People here argue for the sake of arguing ...
     
  17. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    I'm not arguing!
    But just pointing out that what you said above:

    is not exactly accurate. (I italicized because that's the word you used when you brought this whole thing up!)
    The GPU is very different... the CPU is exactly the same.
    anyway, just thought it should be cleared out since you were being exact here!
    No arguments needed.
     
  18. George Waseem macrumors regular

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    Apple increased the GPU power & doubled the RAM so the iPad 3 could handle the resolution of the Retina display. The CPU is the same as that of the iPad 2. Every Retina Display iPad has 1gb RAM!. The iPad 3 is just an iPad 2 but with a Retina Display & guess what, it's the slowest iPad ever as A5x is not powerful enough.
     
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    So you just pointed out that it has more GPU power and double the RAM and then said it's the same except for having a Retina display. So it's not the same and differs by more than just the Retina display.
     
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    Perfect. So it's no the same as iPad 2.
    This was my point since the beginning.
    I never spoke about performance.
    I'm a big bashers of the iPad 3, the only iPad I didn't buy then, jumping from the iPad 2 to the iPad 4.
    I just pointed out that iPad 3 wasn't an iPad 2 with a different screen
     

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