iPad Air 1 users thread!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JerTheGeek, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2014
    I'm using an iPad Air 1, running the iOS 9 PB; so I thought I'd make a thread for all us iPad Air 1 users! How is it holding up? How is performance?
  2. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Considering you own an ipad air 1, you could probably answer your own questions fairly easily I'm assuming....
  3. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I'm running the PB on an iPad 1 with no problems. I've reported about 15 things and this last build fixed all of the things that I found. However, it is not my Main iPad, so it doesnt get the bulk of my usage. My only big worry is when the GM comes out. Notes is an app i depend on and use for many things. Because of the vast difference, Notes in iOS 9 does not sync with the Notes app on my other devices running 8.4 I have a Mac running El Capitan and the sync in Notes is fine between those 2 devices running the PB.
    I guess I will have to wipe those 2 devices to get my 'good' set of Notes to sync betwen all of my devices when I upgrade this fall. I really liked the simple notes in 8.4.
  4. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2013
    Is this for iPad Air 1 users in general or just iPad Air 1 users who are also on iOS 9 PB? I have iPad Air 1 but no iOS 9. My air has held up amazingly great. I don't suffer a lot of the "memory" issues others seem to have with the device..... Even when using safari with multiple tabs open!
  5. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2014
    That is great to hear
  6. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    my first iPad Air 1 developed a yellow tint in the screen and was replaced by Apple. This one is perfect, still on OS 8, latest version. I don't have the Safari issues many have reported, though I rarely have more than 4 tabs open at once, I use Dolphin as well.
  7. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    My day-1 iPad 1 is still going strong... as a "picture tube" for my vintage TV remix.

  8. applemacbri macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2015
    Have my iPad Air 1 and its going great. But then again I close whatever I don't use and its not running in the background. But it has been nothing short of reliable. I put the case on it day 1.
  9. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2013
    I don't even have a case on mine and the only sign of wear is those chamfered edges. SO glad they got rid of those on the phone. That picture tube is super awesome btw! I really think the reliability and build quality is a big reason why sales of iPads have slowed down so much. The things are just workhorses if I've ever seen one.
  10. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    Mine has been great, for what it is ('just' an Air 1 16Gb). No memory issues with multiple tabs open and running audio software. However, since I was used to using a 15" MBP the Air's 9.7" screen just looks tiny sometimes and I miss the connectivity of the MacBook. I'm really looking forward to replacing it with the upcoming iPad Pro.
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Running the latest dev beta on my iPad Air. I can't say it's great. Animations stutter, Safari still can't spend more than 30 seconds on another tab before all others are purged from memory, the OS is still very buggy (perhaps expected from a beta, so will reserve final judgement until GM).

    It's fine for general web browsing and watching videos (my main uses), but isn't great for content creation. It ran best on iOS 7, version 8 and 9 seem to be a step backwards performance wise.

    With buying an Apple Watch this year and upgrading my phone and laptop in 2016, I'll probably keep this for a few years still. It's fine, but I definitely wouldn't buy it now. The Air 2 seems a lot more capable.
  12. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    I have an Air 1 from the 1st week when Target gave $200 for the iPad 1!

    Still on 7.1.2, runs great with multiple Chrome & Safari tabs.

    Leather Belkin case and anti glare screen from day one.
  13. Donia330i macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2013
    Air 1 running the PB. It does shutter and has the problem with memory in safari other than that it's great. Still in perfect condition. Those with no issues did you do a fresh install of the iOS? I've never done this before but maybe I will when iOS 9 GM comes out.
  14. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I'd definitely strongly advise any iPad Air 1 owners to upgrade to the Air 2 ASAP. The performance is amazing and everything is buttery smooth. Air 1 is the past and will be getting killed off sooner than later. You don't want to hold on to old technologies for too long as they depreciate in value too much, and it'll cost you more later to sell and buy a newer model.
  15. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    If money was no object then yeah, unfortunately that is not the case
  16. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Im pretty satisfied with my Air1(running latest ios9 pb). I remember how big of a jump it was design wise compared to the 4 and i still appreciate how light and thin it is. Will skip air2 and am currently waiting for Air3.
  17. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Will the air 1 come down in price after the new iPads are announced ?

    I'm looking for an air for a family member who doesn't care about safari reloading , they just watch videos and read news

    Right now refurbished air 1 are $339 on the apple site

    Will it be $239 after next week , I know the rumors say no air 3
  18. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Performance of the Air is perfectly fine for many of us. And, "killing off" the Air doesn't affect us at all, it's not like our devices stop working if they do decide to stop production. The Air 2 also has some major issues that are NOT acceptable to me like the horrible vibrating chassis if you dare turn the volume up past a bar or two. The screen also distorts if pressed a certain way from what some users report. The only plus to the Air 2 is the extra GB of ram. That's IT.

    I don't buy devices with much consideration of resale value. I hand them down to the kids or other family members when I'm ready to upgrade. Besides, the iPad Pro coming out looks very interesting to me.
  19. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2013
    There is a air 1 and a air 2 in the house. The difference is negligible between the two. I actually prefer the air one just for its weight and thickness if anything. Performance wise they both perform very well. Well enough that the difference between the two is really not noticeable.
  20. RebornProphet, Sep 6, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2015

    RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    Do you have these posts on stand by to copy and paste? Honestly it's like a broken record.
  21. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
    I'll probably trade in my iPad 3 and iPad air 1 for the iPad pro. iOS 9 made my air 1 feel like a stuttery POS
  22. Thares macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    Dresden, Germany
    I think the performance of the Air on iOS 9 was okay. But of course it's no match for the Air 2. What bugged me most was the lagging performance and the always-reloading safari pages. This is why I sold it recently.

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