iPad iPad 4 on iOS 8 and beyond?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by FSMBP, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    How does the fourth gen iPad (released Oct 2012) perform with iOS 8? Also, do we think it will do well with iOS 9?

    The reason I ask is that I'm planning on getting it for my father (as he just casual browses the web and Skypes) and I want to make sure it will last 2+ years in terms in usability.
  2. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    It's bearable. I have one as my main device, and there are some things that sometimes go wrong, Multitasking gestures is arguably the only noticeable problem, aside from sometimes not being able to shut down apps.
    As for iOS 9, I'm not too sure, but there might be a lot more
  3. FSMBP thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Thanks for the info! I will keep that in mind.
  4. iOZZY, Jan 7, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015

    iOZZY macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2013
    Stamford, England
    My ipad 4 is working fine with iOS 8.1.2 with the exception of the aforementioned multi fingered gestures failing after a while. Battery life is excellent, 18hrs usage on last cycle.

    I do have reduced transparency turned on, with it off the iPad 4 shows its limitations.
  5. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I have experienced apps force-closing and lagginess in the UI running iOS 8 on my iPad 4.
  6. jimHdk macrumors regular

    May 10, 2010
    I have an iPad 4 on iOS 8.1.2 and it is running fine.
  7. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Why not keep it where it is?

    I have an Air on 7, 7 is where it will stay.
  8. tomaseriksson macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2010
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Im actually pleased on how well my iPad4 runs on iOS8, with the exception for multitasking gestures. They are laggy and often unresponsive. But everything else is smooth in my opinion.
  9. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    From what I've seen, it's not bad. It's not the super-powerful beast it was with iOS 6, but it's fine. Figure that each release depreciates the performance by a degree for each internal processor generation (i.e. A6/A6X ran iOS 6 the fastest, ran iOS 7 second fastest, ran iOS 8 third fastest and A7 ran iOS 7 the fastest, ran iOS 8 second fastest, and so forth). Next year, the iPad Air is likely to run iOS 9 as well as the fourth generation iPad ran iOS 8 this year (give or take performance glitches/idiosyncrasies) and the fourth generation iPad will probably run iOS 9 as well as the third generation iPad ran iOS 8 this year. That's usually how it works.

    That being said, you guarantee an additional year of time with it by going with an original iPad Air, which probably won't cost that much more.
  10. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Keep your iPad 4 on iOS 7 for best performance. It's usable with iOS 8, but performance is disappointing.
  11. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    If you are planning on getting a tablet, get iPad Air 1. That will definitely last you 2 years till RAM limitations kick in.
  12. Aaron from KY macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    iPad 4 and Air both have 1GB of RAM, the thing that will hold both back is the aging of their CPUs compared to current models.
    iPad4 Geekbench multicore(2 cores): 1400
    iPad Air 1 Geekbench multicore(2 cores): 2600
    iPad Air 2 Geekbench multicore(3 cores): 4500
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Performance is just fine. Slowdown is minimal with all the latest updates. Like some said the gestures are a little slower but other than that it isn't bad.

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