iPad 3 (retina) performance?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by darkgoob, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. darkgoob macrumors 6502

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    I realize beta performance is not representative of what the GM will be, but what are your impressions of how 9 runs on older iPads -- specifically 3rd gen (the first retina one)?

    What chance do we have it's usable?
     
  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Usable as in back to iOS 7 levels is a possibility, but this won't change the fact that the A5X is underpowered (in terms of CPU and GPU) to drive the iPad 3's retina display, so in some cases, the iPad 2 will run better.
     
  3. Dokk macrumors regular

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    I'm running it on mine and have to say that I think it runs better than iOS 8. Everything is a bit more responsive. Even typing is a bit better and more responsive than before. There are still some hiccups (e.g., no drawing in notes yet), but I'm glad I made the update and am looking forward to the full release.
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    With a few caveats, I'm actually pretty happy with the B2 OS on my iPad 3, and I do prefer it over iOS 8.3 so far.
    The caveats are there are several apps I use that don't work either well or at all (this will change over time), I have iCloud Drive and Photos (Stream, Sharing) turned off, and I still prefer to use it with the Reduce Motion option on.
    My iPad is the VZW LTE version, and it works better than I expected so far but I have noticed the "signal bars" fluctuate quite a bit although not having lost a signal - I streamed music via Amazon Music and the Music apps for about 6 hours yesterday with no issues.

    I'll be trying out a couple of BT styli later with some Adobe apps.

    B2 is far snappier than B1; I installed B2 over a clean B1 install using the OTA option. B2 didn't change the crashing of the apps that crashed under B1. B2 battery life is much better than I expected, but B1 was excellent too (4 days of light usage took it from 100% to 66% last week).
     
  5. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    I can't really agree with you.

    My iPad 3 sang on iOS 6, and has gone downhill with every maajor OS update since.

    Sure there are instances where the 2 might run better because of what you're saying, but let's not forget how great it was on iOS 6. More than usable, it was GREAT.

    Now, I can barely use the thing without going a bit crazy due to lags. Wish there was a way to downgrade to iOS 7 (would love to use iPhoto again!)
     
  6. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    But are you running iOS 9 on yours?

    I found that my Mum's iPad 3 runs iOS 7.1.2 about as well as it ran iOS 6, but I haven't updated it to iOS 8 as I know it will suffer. I'm hoping that iOS 9 slightly improves over iOS 8 as then I'll skip 8 and wait till 9 for her.
     
  7. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I'm still optimistic about iOS 9. Plus, even if performance is not the best, the amount of features that Apple has added since iOS 6 is worth it.
     
  8. MacMartyr macrumors member

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    iOS 8 is so painfully slow on my 3.. I'm hoping that 9 will be better but I'm not holding my breath since people aren't reporting much of a difference.
     
  9. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    It's only been 2 betas so far, so there's still time :)
     
  10. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    It's always been underpowered, it just became more noticeable when a more taxing operating system was installed on it. The iPad 2 used the A5 processor with a dual-core GPU. Apple quadrupled the number of pixels on the iPad 3, but only doubled the GPU power (to a quad-core version of the same chip). As a result, effective graphics performance on the iPad 3 is lower than on the iPad 2.
     
  11. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    I've just found there is no drawing in the notes app on the beta! I find that really annoying as that's why I installed the beta.
     

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