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saxman211

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Has anyone updated their iPad 3 to iOS 9.3.2? I'm still on 7 and afraid to update... I've heard stories of people updating... but not many. Curious to hear your thoughts.
 

Spacegray

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You better forget it. My iPad 3 is nearly useless under 9.3.2.
7.1 was the last iOS (IMHO), that offered acceptable speed on that device.
 

Tron72

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I'm in the same boat, I kept my iPad 3 on iOS 7 and don't plan on ever updating it beyond. My son uses it now for games and has no complaints other than a few iOS 8+ games that he couldn't download. Now if Minecraft ever required a higher iOS, then I'd really hear complaints. But still, I wouldn't update it.
 

saxman211

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I'm in the same boat, I kept my iPad 3 on iOS 7 and don't plan on ever updating it beyond. My son uses it now for games and has no complaints other than a few iOS 8+ games that he couldn't download. Now if Minecraft ever required a higher iOS, then I'd really hear complaints. But still, I wouldn't update it.

I just got off the phone with apple and was told that the iPad 3 works smoothly with iOS 9.3.2... But I'm still a bit nervous about doing this update... iOS 7 is cool, but I'm realizing a lot of apps aren't updating anymore...
 

Khalanad75

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I just got off the phone with apple and was told that the iPad 3 works smoothly with iOS 9.3.2... But I'm still a bit nervous about doing this update... iOS 7 is cool, but I'm realizing a lot of apps aren't updating anymore...

I am on IOS 9.2 on my 3. Just haven't downloaded the latest update. It seems to run fine. I can still browse the internet just fine, watch Netflix, and run my apps well.
 

RedOrchestra

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...but I'm realizing a lot of apps aren't updating anymore...

Which is why I updated my iPad 3 to 9.0 - which was sluggish but improved "considerably" when I went to 9.3. That was my experience - I couldn't take losing the functioning of some of my most used Apps, so I updated.

I have since purchased a 9.7 iPad Pro and handed off the old iPad.
 
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Serban

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Yes it a very good time for all the users that have an ipad 2 ipad 3 or 4 even the air1 to get the 12.9" or the 9.7" pro
 

kaydot

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Sep 15, 2011
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Has anyone updated their iPad 3 to iOS 9.3.2? I'm still on 7 and afraid to update... I've heard stories of people updating... but not many. Curious to hear your thoughts.
What is the driving force for the upgrade? The iPad3 can't make use of many of the features introduced in iOS for iPad Air (like split-screen or picture-in-picture).

I agree with the earlier poster who said they just let it be until Minecraft requires an update. I agree.

To answer your question, I upgraded my iPad3 to 9.3.1. It's usable. I upgraded to an Air2 last month, and although I didn't notice it before I upgraded, the iPad3 is extremely slow in comparison. That said, I still use the iPad3 regularly as a second reading/streaming device.
I will confidently state that the iPad3 does not get faster from 7 to 9.3.1.
 

joeblow7777

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I just got off the phone with apple and was told that the iPad 3 works smoothly with iOS 9.3.2... But I'm still a bit nervous about doing this update... iOS 7 is cool, but I'm realizing a lot of apps aren't updating anymore...

I can't comment one way or the other since I don't have an iPad 3, but what would you expect Apple to say?
 

crammedberry

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I have an iPad 3 on 9.3 and it is useable. The iPad 3 has been slow since iOS 7, it was snappiest in iOS 5, slightly less in 6 and a total dog since 7 onward. iOS 9 doesn't really make it THAT much slower, just a bit you probably wouldn't be able to tell much of a difference. If new apps are the most important thing to you I'd update it. The marginal difference in speed for the two OS isn't enough to justify giving up new apps and updates.
 
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