iPad Ipad air 1 ( IOS 8 update to IOS 12 ) is it worth ?

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  1. firemenhon macrumors newbie

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    I use the iPad Air 1 more than 5 years which still using iOS 8 , its lag on game and web browsing sometimes is it really worth to update to iOS 12 ? will I feel more frustrate after I update it ?
    please give me some advice , thanks you guys !!!
     
  2. ericwn macrumors 68030

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    The performance of that device is generally slow by today’s standards. iOS 12 won’t improve on this compared to iOS 8 in my opinion.
     
  3. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guy , since I can't download many app thats why I consider update the iOS
     
  4. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

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    Agreed, although I find the performance of my Air on iOS 12 as very good but running on iOS 8 will be faster although iOS 12 has some really nice features.
     
  5. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guy, Anything you disappointed about running ios12 on iPad air 1? Any lagging .


     
  6. Heat_Fan89, Dec 19, 2018
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    Nothing truly bad. There's a slight lag when scrolling up in the App Store but I also get a little bit of that with my 2018 iPad. You might want to avoid opening several tabs in Safari and trying to run multiple Apps. That could get you a performance hit as the Air only has 1GB of RAM.

    My advice is if you use your Air running iOS 12 as you do in iOS 8 then you shouldn't be disappointed. I was running iOS 7 up until the release of iOS 10 and I watched several YT videos and took a gamble. I was pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind there was major lag and stutters in iOS 7.1.1 in the UI and App Store. The App Store was a lot smoother in iOS 10, it was about the same in iOS 11 and is much better in iOS 12 on my Air.

    I'll give you an idea how the Air performs with iOS 12. Last year I bought the 2017 iPad and it was running iOS 11. I upgraded my Air from iOS 10 to iOS 11 and it was pretty close in performance I used them bought like the Air, meaning no multi-tasking PIP, that sort of stuff. So I returned the 2017 iPad and kept my Air. This year I purchased the 2018 iPad because Amazon was selling them for $229. But even comparing the two in the Air environment meaning no multi-tasking Apps, no PIP etc, the performance of both is still pretty close. I now take a slight hit (slight stutter when closing an App window) on the Air if I don't turn on Reduce Motion. So that's acceptable for me because I turn on Reduce Motion and the UI smooths out when closing an App. I can now run the latest Apps and some of features in iOS 12 on my Air.

    Why not check out some of the YT videos to see how the Air runs on iOS 12.
     
  7. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your detail advice , actually I watch some video already but I still considering .I want to buy the new iPad pro before, but the price
    seem too high , I seldom to use it for drawing , Its seem not a good choice to invest money, so I think about is it a better way to just update the
    IOS 12 on my iPad air 1, I watched some video which seem so far so good, it's cant use muti task even I update the iOS??

    For me, I must turn on reduce motion even iPad and iPhone , thanks fo your details reply again




     
  8. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68010

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    Using iPhone X gestures will be quite beneficial for using an older iPad. iOS 12 has given a lot of life back to the original Air and the features are quite nice.

    You’re prone to security risks being on iOS 8 along with lack of app support like you mentioned.

    It’s up to you as to whether you’re willing to sacrifice a slight performance decrease or not.
     
  9. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

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    Agreed, and if the OP lives in the US, Amazon has discounted the 2018 iPad to $229. That's an incredible deal and value for the latest iPad and if you signup and qualify for the Amazon Store Card, they discount that price by around $30 or $50. I just checked and they are currently offering a $50 discount for opening an Amazon Visa Chase credit card. So that's $179 for a 2018 32GB iPad.
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    The best deal is the 2018 iPad, it even supports the Apple Pencil.
     
  10. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of you guys ,unfortunately I live in Hong Kong ,I can't enjoy the offer by amazon , I guess I will try to update the iOS ,let see what difference ,at least I can use the new apps ,and don't waste that old iPad .

     
  11. piblondin macrumors regular

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    I have the Air 2 and regret going from iOS 9 to 12.1. So, I'm inclined to advise against the update.
     
  12. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    would you tell me more details why you regret ?
     
  13. piblondin macrumors regular

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    Battery life is significantly worse and Safari is slower and no longer seems to have enough memory, as it needs to frequently reload webpages.
     
  14. firemenhon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its sounds really really bad
     
  15. admwright macrumors regular

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    The other thing to consider is if you are using 32bit apps that do not have updates to 64bit as these will not work on iso11 or 12.
     
  16. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    You say you want to do it because of the apps, but if you really use your iPad, you can expect far worse performance; astoundingly worse battery life; webpage reloads will increase exponentially.
    All in all, not a great choice, in my opinion. You're better off keeping that one on iOS 8 and eventually buying, maybe, a 2017/2018 iPad. That iPad will work greatly for years to come, if kept on iOS 8.
     
  17. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    iOS 12 is going to be much faster than iOS 11 on all devices.
     
  18. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    Indeed, though RAM might be an issue for device coming from versions older than 11, as in this case. Hence why I think he can expect far worse website reloads and battery life.
     
  19. rui no onna macrumors 604

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    Yep. 1GB is just too small for iOS 11. Granted, I'm of the opinion that it's pretty small for 64-bit iOS 7, too. iOS 11 just greatly magnifies the issue.
     
  20. ericwn macrumors 68030

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    But this iPad is not running version 11.
     
  21. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

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    I have not had any complaints running iOS 12 on my original Air that others are describing. As I said if you use the Air just like you did prior to all the multi-task features it will run well. I have not experienced any battery issues on my Air as well, I average around 10-11 hours.
     

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