iOS 11 on original ipad air

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by punchdrunk55, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. punchdrunk55 macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    I searched and couldn't find any other similar topics.
    Just curious if anyone has updated and how it runs. I was on an early beta and it was terrible so I downgraded while I could. I know it's probably gotten better since the early betas but was curious if it was still a pretty bad experience overall.
  2. jetsam macrumors 6502a

    Jul 28, 2015
    My wife has the original iPad Air, and she uses it for everything: email, web browsing, gaming, etc.

    A couple of weeks ago I asked her to finally upgrade from 10.3.3 to 11.2.5 because of all the security patches, if nothing else. (She had been reluctant to upgrade because of the 32 bit apps she still uses, as well as her aversion to any change in UI.)

    So far, she has only complained about the fact that the new dock sometimes disappears, requiring a restart to fix. If it is slower than 10.3.3 was, it must only be slightly so, or I would have heard about it. (Anything that goes wrong with her iPad, is, of course, my fault. ;) )
  3. gobikerider Suspended


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    She should try a restore to fix that dock bug
  4. eicca macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    We had 11.1.2 on our iPad air at work. Even with reduce transparency and reduce motion enabled it was horrific. Lag lag lag. I just updated it to 11.2.5 and re-enabled transparency and motion effects just to see how well it would do. 11.2.5 is worlds better and this iPad air is actually functionable again
  5. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2014
    iOS 11.3 might improve the overall performance of the device even further. I don't have the Air 1 so I cannot confirm.
  6. CopyChief macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    I have the first gen Air running on 11.3, and it's working very, very well. No worries here with email, streaming apps, word processing (we use it as a cookbook), etc. The dock is actually a great addition to the user experience.
  7. darrylcn macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2015
    How is the ram management CopyChief? Mines on 10.0.2 and (presumably because it was OTA updated repeatedly by my PC less sister in law) it's not that great. Apps reload a lot so I'd like to DFU restore it but obviously 10x isn't signed any more. I'd love to put something on it that wasn't a further step down in performance.
  8. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Not seeing any significant lag on my iPad Air...
  9. CopyChief macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    I'm not taxing it very hard anymore, but I haven't seen any significant lag on the iPad air. I generally only have a couple of apps running, and don't use anything with background refresh. It's not going to be a stellar multitasker, for example, popping a Netflix video into a window and writing an email. It works, and the video stays smooth, but it takes a bit to get there. It's not something I do often, though, so I'm not worried - nor does it give me any rationale for an upgrade at this point.

    Sorry thats not an exact answer to your question.

    With a fresh restore, I think you'd be good on the latest public beta of 11.3.
  10. darrylcn macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2015
    No,that's ok it's a good answer because it describes about what I use mine for - typically twitter and safari and iMessage. Man I'm half tempted to update at this point. Something doesn't strike me as right about how it's behaving on 10.0.2. I'm a bit spoiled after using my 6S Plus on 10.3.3 though but thanks again for the info.
  11. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2016
    Neither am I, in fact iOS 11 runs pretty sweet on my 4 year old iPad Air. I even returned my 2017 iPad because I found my iPad Air was nearly as smooth on iOS 11 as the 2017 iPad.

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