ipad mini 1: is it worth Upgrading to ios 8.4 from iOS 6?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jychow, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Jychow macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Hi. I've just acquiring a mini 1. Yes it is an old model but I got it with a good price and it should fit my requirements. It is currently running iOS 6. Is it advisable to upgrade to iOS 8.4? Would it performing decently?

    Please kindly share your experience. Thanks.
  2. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I would keep it on iOS 6 until it dies. It really is the perfect OS in terms of performance and features for an older iPad model.
  3. Conan86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    No, unless there are apps that you absolutely need to have to use that requires 8.4
  4. Jychow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Thanks for your reply. I'm finding decent apps for used with IOS 6. It is still rocking fine.

    Actually, it is really like a walk in the memory lane. Many apps has updated their icons in newer version. Seeing these apps in their previous glory is something interesting. :)
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Wherever you buy this iPad mini I would like to remind you to check activation lock and find iPhone before starting putting your stuff on it, although I remember this is a new feature added from iOS 7.

    And I am glad you can buy an iPad mini with iOS 6 installed. Mine has already been upgraded to iOS 9 beta 2. The performance is ok, but I bet It is not as good as it was on iOS 6. I don't miss old skeuomorphism design though, and I love new features.
  6. Jychow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Find iPhone works ok. No issue. Haven't tried the activation lock.

    On iOS 6, it is pretty snappy. But seeing some YouTube video showing iOS 8.4 on ipad mini 1, it is not really that bad. Is iOS 9 gonna be snappy for mini 1?
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    In my iPad mini, things becomes "not so bad" from beta 2. As we know, beta 3 coming is imminent. I think I should put some faith on this beta.

    When I find Apple often set a goal in WWDC, and reach that goal gradually from beginning, I don't want to waste too much of my hope on Apple beta products, including Force Touch and Apple Watch first gen.
  8. Jychow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
  9. Blujelly macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2012
    South East England
    I own the mentioned in the title and have it running on 8.4 its ok not great, sluggish is the best word. Maybe do as mentioned above let it die out on your current iOS.
  10. Tony Danger macrumors member

    Tony Danger

    Dec 19, 2014
    We have an iPad Mini 1, Air 2, iPhone 6, iPhone 4s.

    With iOS 8.4 the older iDevices really are not as bad as people make out. They struggled with iOS 7 and 8, but 8.4 seems pretty quick. I have no problems using the mini affter the Air 2 for example.
  11. ansalmo macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    Do you plan to use the iPad on a completely isolated network, or are you expecting to go online with it? In the latter case, if you are at all concerned about security, you ought to consider upgrading to the latest iOS release in order to benefit from the fixes to hundreds of security vulnerabilities that exist between 6.x and 8.4.
  12. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Maybe not to iOS 8.4.1 now, but perhaps to iOS 9. You should wait to see what the reviews are and then make a decision about upgrading.
  13. turbotoes macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2010
    My orig mini is running ios9 (current beta) and the performance is fine. I don't remember ios8 being an issue either.
  14. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    My mini 1 runs latest beta too.

    Speed is ok, but not so great.

    I count app compatibility more than speed, although certain apps will not allow running on such old hardware.
  15. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    It would work just fine for the tasks you do there now, because you can't be doing much of anything too intensive for it to handle for the specs it has right now. Obviously hardcore gaming is out of the question, but if for browsing, media consuming, and reading it would be perfectly fine for all of that and I always support upgrading to the latest system updates for security reasons.

    The Mini 1 is still an amazing device. While hardly a huge difference, I miss the weight of it compared to the 2 and hope the (hopefully coming) 4 has a similar weight.
  16. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    i have the latest iOS on my original mini and it runs just fine.....

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