iPad 2 downgrade from 8 to 7

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by badilla, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. badilla macrumors newbie

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    I updated my Ipad 2, model A1396 few weeks ago to IOS 8 and is working very poorly, lets say in general very slow.
    I am trying to downgrade to IOS 7, and according to most of the information online I need to download and ipsw file and then go on Itunes clicking alt and update software. All good there, but when I choose the file and Itunes tries to install the software it says that my device could not be updated. "this devide isnt elegible for the requested build".
    I thing could be the problem is that I have the wrong Ios file for this ipad, but I have tried few of them with the same result.
    Any ideas or anybody who knows the exact file I need?
    So far I had try
    iPad2,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
    iPad2,2_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw
    iPad2,2_7.0.2_11A501_Restore.ipsw
    iPad2,2_7.1.2_11D257_Restore.ipsw

    Thanks,
     
  2. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    The reason you are getting that error message is because Apple stopped signing/authorizing iOS 7. So unfortunately you are now stuck with iOS 8.
     
  4. badilla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    And there you go. Thank you Rodster for the input.
     
  5. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a

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    Sadly it's impossible. My mom has an iPad 2 and the other day she asked me if she needs to update and I told her hell no! It's really a shame you can't downgrade.
     
  6. loon3y macrumors 65816

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    they should of dropped iOS 8 for iPad 2. Hell even the 4S has 1GB of ram.

    but then again the iPod 5th Gen works ok, i assume its because of the faster processor
     
  7. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a

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    ^

    That's not correct. The 4s has 512mb as well. They should have both been dropped.
     
  8. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Neither should be dropped. The iPad 2 has 29 percent share of the installed base of iPads (Plus the iPad Mini which is like a shrunken down iPad 2 has 20 Percent of the market share) and the iPhone 4S has 20 percent share of the installed base of iPhones.

    Apple sold the iPad 2 up to March this year and the iPhone 4S till September and still sells the iPad Mini 1 and iPod Touch 5th Gen so Apple should be responsible for that an ensure that iOS 8 is optimised for A5 devices.
     
  9. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    I discovered early on that it wasn't always the smartest thing to immediately download the latest iOS updates - or even update apps immediately - at least not without waiting a bit and reading the reviews of those who boldly went before me.

    That's why my iPad 2 is still efficiently running iOS 7.1 and that's where it will stay. I will update my iPod Touch 5 whenever I get around to it, just out of curiosity.
     
  10. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Relax, ipad-2-users-stuck-on-iOS-8, 8.1 will make things better. They fixed some performance issues in it.
     
  11. loon3y macrumors 65816

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    iPod 5 Is ok,

    but i have to retest my damn app FULLY because of the lack of ram.

    God why the F did they give it only 512 MB of ram, was 1 GB so had to put in?
     
  12. Soks macrumors newbie

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    I just updated my iPad 2 to IOS 8 a couple of days ago...and needless to say - I'm NOT happy with it. It runs slow as hell.

    It's completely unacceptable that Apple doesn't allow downgrading.

    Instead I'm left with an iPad, that I was happy with a week ago, but gives me a sour taste in my mouth every time I use it now. Which is daily.

    ****ers!
     
  13. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    You'll need to wait for 8.1 as the beta testers say it improves performance.
     

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