iPad 3rd gen on 5.1 is it worth going to 7.1.2?

Vm3100

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As it says in the title I've got a ipad 3rd generation retina and I stopped updating at 5.1 I wont be updating to 8.0 so I was wondering what are the benefits of moving to 7.1.2 ? obviously I'll have access to some newer apps that won't run on 5.1 and I assume it will run slightly slower but I thought I'd ask - has anyone regretted moving on from 5.1 altogether? Thanks in advance for your input.
 

Rodster

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as it says in the title i've got a ipad 3rd generation retina and i stopped updating at 5.1 i wont be updating to 8.0 so i was wondering what are the benefits of moving to 7.1.2 ? Obviously i'll have access to some newer apps that won't run on 5.1 and i assume it will run slightly slower but i thought i'd ask - has anyone regretted moving on from 5.1 altogether? Thanks in advance for your input.
No !

My iPad 3 will stay on 5.1.1 until I bury it.
 

Woochifer

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That would depend on your reasoning for staying with iOS 5 in the first place. Some people stuck with iOS 5 as long as possible, and the most often cited reason was because they didn't want Apple Maps (or they wanted to wait until Google Maps became available as a standalone app). IMO, Apple Maps has reached a point where I don't even bother with Google 99% of the time. So, the mapping is no longer a compelling reason to stick with iOS 5.

OTOH, I've yet to update our iPad 3 from iOS 6.1.3, because I just prefer its look on a larger screen and keep hearing mixed things about just how much iOS 7 slows down an iPad 3 (it seems that the iPad 3 and iPhone 4 have had the most trouble with iOS 7). Two of our other iOS devices run 7.1.2 and work just fine.
 

Vm3100

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I'm still in two minds about it,probably worth checking out someone with a 3rd gen before I go for it.
 

bushido

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i have mine on 7.1.2 and everything works just fine thats why i wont upgrade for another 2 or so generations either.

i am actually amazed u managed to stay on 5.1 for so long, my OCD would never allow that lol
 

curiosity

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Don't do it if you don't have a big reason.

What you read about performance issues, bugs, and worse design is true.

You need to have bigger reasons than 'change'.
Remember, there's no going back.

PS: Don't listen to Apple employees.
 

Rodster

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Don't do it if you don't have a big reason.

What you read about performance issues, bugs, and worse design is true.

You need to have bigger reasons than 'change'.
Remember, there's no going back.

PS: Don't listen to Apple employees.
I gotta agree with this. I have an Air and iPad 2 running the latest OS. What gets me is that Apple decided not to include the full blur feature theme on the iPad 2 which is annoying when the 1st Gen mini has it.

The other problem running iOS 7 on the iPad 3 is performance as it has stuttering issues even on iOS 5.

The other reasons I don't upgrade is because:

1) Youtube app. I can save my favorites without having to setup a Youtube channel account. Plus I like the theme and design over the current Youtube app.

2) Appstore, I can swipe left to right to hide Apps. I love that feature and it sucks Apple took it away with iOS 6.

3) While i'm not an iOS 7 hater, I still prefer the design and theme elements of Scott Forstall's iOS design. It's more polished and has a better look than Ivy's vision of iOS. Again, i'm not an iOS 7 hater. ;)
 

Paddle1

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iPad 2 doesn't have blur because blur would cause lag on the iPad 3, all other A5 devices manage blur just fine, but they aren't going to give the 2 something the 3 can't have.
 

Rodster

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iPad 2 doesn't have blur because blur would cause lag on the iPad 3, all other A5 devices manage blur just fine, but they aren't going to give the 2 something the 3 can't have.
But that's not the real reason is it? You can JB an iPad 2 and iPad 3 and enable Blur with no performance hit. Apple discontinued the iPad 2 and iPad 3 and it wants people who like that feature to upgrade to either the iPad 4, Mini's or Air.
 

Paddle1

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But that's not the real reason is it? You can JB an iPad 2 and iPad 3 and enable Blur with no performance hit. Apple discontinued the iPad 2 and iPad 3 and it wants people who like that feature to upgrade to either the iPad 4, Mini's or Air.
iPad 3 performs worse than 2 in some situations because it is under-powered for its higher resolution screen.
 

Rodster

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iPad 3 performs worse than 2 in some situations because it is under-powered for its higher resolution screen.
Your evading the question whether the iPad 3 can run Blur and the answer is yes with no performance hit but you have to JB it.
 

Paddle1

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Your evading the question whether the iPad 3 can run Blur and the answer is yes with no performance hit but you have to JB it.
That isn't true, you get better performance when blur is off. The iPhone 4 doesn't have it.
 

TheRainKing

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Watch videos on youtube of guys running iPad 3 on iOS 7.1.2. If the performance looks acceptable to you, upgrade, if not, then don't. That's what I did when I thought about upgrading my iPhone 4S to iOS 7.
 

Paddle1

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Come on seriously?

iPad 2 and iPhone 4 with blur in JB mode. No performance hit :rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxBjzzxvsX8
But iPad 2 ≠ iPad 3 and definitely not the single core iPhone 4.

The reason there is no blur on the iPad 3 is either because they wanted to make it look older or because it wouldn't run as well with it, the iPhone 4s and iPad Mini retina have it, but the 4s is older than the iPad 3.
 

Rodster

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But iPad 2 ≠ iPad 3 and definitely not the single core iPhone 4.

The reason there is no blur on the iPad 3 is either because they wanted to make it look older or because it wouldn't run as well with it, the iPhone 4s and iPad Mini retina have it, but the 4s is older than the iPad 3.
But none of that matters. If you JB an iPad 2/3 you get Blur with no performance hit. There's no performance hit on the original iPad mini either. This was just a marketing by Apple to up sell their customer base who like that feature. ;)
 

Vm3100

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Thanks for all the input and thanks to rodster for pointing out the YouTube app this is very important for me so I will not be moving to 7
 

recoil80

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iPad 3 performs worse than 2 in some situations because it is under-powered for its higher resolution screen.
That's true indeed.
iPad 3 is the worst iPad so far, but I think is worth going to 7.1
I guess many apps need at least iOS 6, 5.1 is way too old nowadays so I'd rather upgrade and sacrifice a little bit of performance
 

Sirious

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Just wondering why you won't be upgrading to iOS 8?

Also how come you skipped iOS 6?
Anyway, iOS 7.1.2 is running really smoothly on my iPad 3rd generation. Worth the upgrade, and its free - what more could you ask for? :)