iPad iPad 3 users

Discussion in 'iPad' started by The Pearl, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. The Pearl macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    Been using 3rd generation since release, never had any problems until recently.
    I would consider myself a moderate to heavy user.

    Last several months home button seems not to function properly, have to mash several times. It doesn't do this continuously, just sometimes.

    2nd issue: seems to have a slight lag since installing IOS 7.

    Are these common issues or is this an isolated situation.

    Any suggestions for correcting the problems!
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The lag with iOS 7 seems to me to be universal. It was noticeable to me when compared to the iPhone 5s and it's why I got rid of it and bought a new iPad Mini.

    The home button is a physical thing and subject wearing out. Mine never did, but I probably didn't use mine near as much as you did.
  3. csixty4 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    I'm not so sure about the home button being a physical thing. Mine seems to freeze up for sometimes 15-20 seconds before responding to the home button. It usually happens when I'm trying to use Siri.

    Although the thought of seeing if the Genius Bar will pity me and replace it with something newer has crossed my mind. :)
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Even if genius bar does take pity and make an out of warranty replacement for free, it's improbable they'd upgrade the unit.

    My ipad3 had a funky home button for a while; just enough to make me wonder if it was hardware or an OS fault. Hasn't done it for a while.

    Since installing iOS7 I don't really see any lag any different than on iOS6. You might want to try doing a backup to iTunes (not iCloud), then restore as new and make sure to change the ipad name before syncing/backingup. Try the clean install for a while to see if the problem persists; if it does you can then restore again but select the saved backup and you're back where you started.
  5. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    One more comment- the button is physical hardware. "Mashing" it may cause a problem when one, in reality, doesn't exist. If you have iOS7 on it, then it may be simply the lack of optimization. Both my iPad 2 and my iPad (Third generation) occasionally do not react, and then suddenly go nuts. :eek: It seems to be iOS 7 and not the 'pads.
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just a comment; in some parts of the US "mash" is synonymous with "press" and doesn't necessarily mean excessive force. "Just mash the button, y'all..." :)
  7. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I've owned my iPad 3 since launch and haven't had any home button issues *touch wood*

    re: lagging and iOS 7, can't say... i'm still on iOS 6.1.2 JB, i get the odd lag, crash or glitch but nothing to right home about. Operation is generally smooth... actually thinking about it, i do think my keyboard is starting to lag, not sure if it was always slow to register inputs. Would love to know how responsive the iPad Air is to typing.
  8. Italianblend macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2011
    Still running ios 6 and its running fine. Wont upgrade the os.
  9. The Pearl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    I used the term (mash), not necessarily implying the use of excessive force or pressure. I simply click the button as any other user with common sense would normally apply when using any other device, iPhone, etc.
  10. EasyRider macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2008
    iPad 3 owner here... had it since launch... my home button is not responsive. Gets pretty annoying.

    If you haven't yet, turn on multitasking gestures under settings > general

    5 finger pinch is like pressing the home button. I still prefer the feel of the button... but you don't even need to use the home button if breaks.
  11. The Pearl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    Have also used multitasking gestures feature when home button is not responding properly but I also prefer the feel of home button.

    BTW, I do have Apple Care +. Assuming the home button problem is actually a hardware failure, it there even a slight possibility that a replacement would be an upgrade to the iPad Air?

    My motivation is not to try to get something for nothing as I find many on this forum do. My goal is to have a device that functions as it was designed according to factory specs.
  12. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    If you're a moderate to heavy user then you really should consider upgrading to one of the latest and greatest iPads. It will solve all your problems and give you a great iOS 7 experience. The new iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina are both phenomenal upgrades from an iPad 3.
  13. SakuraSuki macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    Not a chance for you to get iPad Air as replacement... Apple Store still has lots of iPad 3 for warranty service...but you can get a refurbished iPad 3 as replacement...maven if hey ran out if iPad 3, they probably will give you iPad 4 as last restore
  14. The Pearl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    Actually have been considering the Air, may go ahead and pull the trigger.

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