iOS 7 on the iPad 2?

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  1. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    I know I'm really late to the party but I'm thinking of maybe finally updating my iPad 2 to iOS 7 before it is too late. I didn't before cause it was getting old and Apple devices tend to have a reputation of not running new OS's well when they get about 2 years old.

    Anyways, does the iPad 2 run iOS 7 decently (and does it affect battery life much)?

    I really am loathe to try the new OS, I'm almost sure now it won't run well on the 2 (hasn't apple this year decided to stop making the 2?). Maybe if I hear good things but definitely not trying without hearing how well it does.

    So any thoughts?
     
  2. RiderX macrumors regular

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    No problem here. Runs smooth, battery is great as always, even after 3.5 years and heavy use.
     
  3. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    Go for it. Theres really not much of a speed difference and the features trumps the hold off any day. Better yet, get iOS 8 (or 8.1) since some apps might require it especially for extensibility.
     
  4. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I own an iPad 2 and upgraded from iOS 6 to iOS 7. If I had to do it over again, I would have stayed on iOS 6. IMO, iOS 7 is an uneven experience on pretty much every iPad. My iPad 3 is still running iOS 5 and i'm not upgrading. I know better, lol. Fool me once is all I have to say.

    My Air is running iOS 7 because that's what it came with. After reading some of the iOS 8 comments, i'm going to wait it out before deciding to upgrade my Air.
     
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Both of my daughters have iPad 2s and they seem to be happy with iOS 7 on them. I expect iOS 8 to run well too. The iPad 2 is a heckuva tablet!
     
  6. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Love iOS 7 on my iPad 2. Runs smoothly and lots of nice features.
     
  7. peridot macrumors member

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    iOS 7 on my iPad 2 works great too! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
     
  8. RiderX macrumors regular

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    I just updated my iPad 2 to iOS 8. I wanted to try it out quickly as long I can go back to iOS 7 from my backup.

    After playing a few hours with all my apps: works better than expected. Safari seems to be slightly faster, everything else is smooth as before. Can't understand the folks who say it is unusable. I have a few GB free, maybe that helps.

    I made the update using iTunes. So far happy.

    (Small bug though: OpenVPN sometimes disconnects and does not reconnect. Still trying to figure out a solution).
     
  9. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Go ahead, I did the same thing for my Dad. He hated iOS 7 to start with so he never upgraded from iOS 6, but he doesn't mind it now on his iPhone 5, so I decided to update him before iOS 8 came out, to avoid performance issues, but maintain better compatibility/security.

    Its marginally slower for him, but he's more than satisfied.
     

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