iPad iOS 7 on original iPad Mini

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by dhokes, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. dhokes macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    I'm considering an iPad Mini and in a dilemma as to whether to get a second-hand iPad Mini with the A5 chip or wait for the new retina version with the A7 chip.

    I plan to use it for typical low-end tasks e.g. browse safari, email, calendar, read .pdfs, Pocket, Dropbox...

    How does the original iPad mini cope with iOS7?
  2. TheGreenBastard macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2012
    It works fine.

    A brand new iPad mini for just $100 more would be recommended as it's not running on 2 and a half year old hardware.
  3. MinEderPlayz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    Not good. It stutters and lags on the iPad 2 (which has the exact same specs as iPad mini) - even though the fancy graphics effects are disabled. Adding the blur rendering etc. you might be able to imagine how difficult THAT will be to render. The A5 chip is not really good for this purpose - wait for the iPad mini with Retina display.
  4. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    I played with one at the Apple store and other than the limited RAM it looks plenty smooth to me. The RAM means you can only have 4-5 tabs open in Safai at a time before they start refreshing. Worst case scenario I can return it and get the new one but I don't think I'll need to do that.

    My refurbished one gets here Tuesday :)
  5. iOZZY macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2013
    Stamford, England
    No lag problems at all with my iPad mini on iOS 7.0.3 Very happy with the performance with reduced motion set to off in the settings.

    Wasn't too happy with it on the initial release of iOS 7 but now with the bug fixes applied it is very smooth indeed :)
  6. kingalexthe1st macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2013
    I think something is up with yours, buddy. My mini runs fine with iOS7 and I think it will be just fine for a few years yet.

  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    It works fine. I run the most power hungry apps on mine with no problem.
  8. dhokes thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Thanks for the replies. Much appreciated.

    How long do you think it'll be before they start experiencing sluggish behaviour?
  9. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    I bet it will be quite slow on iOS 8 (released this time next year). Usually on the third iOS iteration it is pretty sluggish. The mini is basically ios 5 hardware now on its third iOS (5,6,7) so I would avoid upgrading it past iOS 7. In fact, I'm keeping mine on 7.0.3 for as long as I can.
  10. twintin, Oct 27, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

    twintin macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Runs just fine both on my IPad 2 and IPad Mini .
  11. sparky1499 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    iOS 7.0.3 is fine on the mini with reduced motion set to on.

    (I upgraded from 7.0.2 to 7.0.3 then done a DFU restore)
  12. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    My Mini seemed a bit funky with iOS 7.0.1, but 7.0.3 runs just dandy. I have the reduce motion turned on (weird feature), and battery life is just as good as iOS 6. I thought I was getting a bit of a strange shadow thing going on when pinching out of an app, but that was just the translucent icon tray on the bottom allowing colors/shapes to show through. It's designed that way, so everything is normal.

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