iOS 10 performance on iPad mini 4 and Sixth Generation iPod touch

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Yebubbleman, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Presently, I have an iPad mini 4 and a Sixth Generation iPod touch. Both are still on iOS 9. I have an iPad mini 2 set to run new versions of the iOS Public Betas (and is therefore running the latest iOS 10.3.2 Public Beta) and I have a 12.9" iPad Pro running the most current public release of iOS (so, 10.3.1, as of this posting).

    The mini 2 runs an A7 (similar if not identical to the one in the iPhone 5s). The Pro runs an A9X (and, given that I'm on the 12.9" Pro and not the 9.7" Pro, supposedly a beefy one at that). The iPad Pro runs iOS 10 with smooth performance. The iPad mini 2 can be laggy. Considering it's a one-way jump, I'm curious. How is performance with A8 devices (such as my mini 4 and sixth generation touch)? There's a world of difference between how iOS 10 runs on my 12.9" iPad Pro compared to my iPad mini 2. So, I'm wondering where in that range my A8 devices fall.

    Ultimately, there are many things in iOS 10 that I utterly detest, so holding off on updating (especially since I still have devices running the current version) is working out okay for me so far. But if iOS 11 comes out and fixes most of my grievances, I'll give thought to updating. But if iOS 10 is already making these older A8 devices show their age, perhaps that might not be the best?

    I remember reading that the A8 in the sixth generation iPod touch was the closest of all the A8 devices to the A7 in terms of performance, so I'd imagine I'll feel the sluggishness more there. The A8 in the iPad mini 4 might fare better given its 2GB of RAM, but I suppose RAM isn't EVERYTHING when it comes to iOS.

    Anyway, if any of you have any educated insight on this, I'd love to hear it. I'm probably not making the jump to iOS 10 on those devices, but if 10 doesn't slow them down noticeably, I might give thought to moving them to iOS 11 later (assuming Apple fixes the glitches that plague iOS 10).
     
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    The iPod touch still performs faster than the iPhone 5s. iPads seem to show their age a bit quicker due to the more demanding screen. Like the iPhone 6 the iPod still runs quite nicely on iOS 10. The iPad mini 4 A8 is slightly stronger than a regular A8 also.
     
  3. Yebubbleman thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Right, but how bad is the depreciation of speed compared to iOS 9 and does it seem likely that this will get worse in iOS 11 as Apple ARM processors used in iOS devices have tended to fare with their fourth operating systems in the past?
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    iOS 10 is out for those devices. I'm more trying to figure out if iOS 11 is something I should consider or if I should make plans to phase these out as software starts to become incompatible with iOS 9. A 128GB iPhone SE is only $100 more than a 128GB Sixth Gen iPod touch. I could sell my Sixth Gen iPod touch and upgrade to an iPhone SE used without a plan and it might be worth it. The iPad mini is murkier as there isn't a clear successor and there probably won't be. I'll have to suck it up and be cool with a 9.7" iPad for the use needs that my 12.9" iPad Pro is simply too unwieldy for.
     
  4. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    We have no way of knowing until they release iOS 11. iOS 10 actually sped things up on some devices. We'll have to wait until at least June for the beta or September for the final release to compare.

    As for fourth versions the difference varies from device to device and iOS version, iPhone 4 on iOS 7 is pretty bad same with 4s and iOS 8 (though technically iOS 8 is the fifth OS for the A5 chip), while 5s on iOS 10 is much more usable. As for the iPod I don't really see a discernible difference, some things are a bit faster, some I'd assume are a smidge slower but I don't really notice a difference to iOS 9 in real world use.
     
  5. nordique macrumors 6502a

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    Can't speak for iPod touch 6th gen, from what I understand it runs similar to the 5s and the 5s runs iOS 10 fine


    Mini 4 there's some delayed animations and lag at times but no different than iOS 9 imo.

    The extra space you get from iOS 10.3 makes it worth it. My mini 4 is only 16GB so it was really appreciated on it.

    The speed feels no different to iOS 9
     

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