iPad mini 2 slow?

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  1. dj1891 macrumors regular

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    Ive never owned an iPad before so seen the mini 2 32gb on offer in the Black Friday sales, anyway rather than enjoying the experience I find myself only using it as a last resort. My iPhone SE blows it out of the water in terms of speed. It's running the latest version of iOS, is there anything I can do or is the mini 2 just to old?
     
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Well, the SE has twice the RAM and a processor that's two generations newer, as well as fewer pixels to manage on-screen. It's not surprising that it's faster.

    But I would think that a Mini 2 should still be pretty usable. I've used an Air 1 (same internals as a Mini 2) running iOS 10, and I don't recall it feeling especially slow. I'm not sure what you can do about that. But if you got it for cheap, it should still be a decent tablet for many tasks.
     
  3. dj1891 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I only really bought it for books and browsing etc, Safari can be sluggish as is the likes of Youtube, I guess I am just used to the speed of my SE.
     
  4. tha_man macrumors member

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    SE is this year's model and was the fastest iPhone before 7 was released (and it's not really much slower than 7, due to lower resolution screen), while iPad mini 2 is now already 3 years old. There is definitely a difference in speed, although mine mini 2 is still very fast tablet, just not as lightning fast as SE, since it does lags a bit here and then. If you want top performance, you need mini 4, or even better, iPad Pro...
     
  5. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    Well , if you buy an mini 2 right now, you won't get these features
    Touch ID
    Multitasking (all features.On mini 2 the multitasking is limited)
    Anti reflective coating

    Buy an mini 2 right now it's a waste of time and money . It will be supported next year , however, will it support IOS 12? That's the question
     
  6. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    The iPad Mini 2 is really only "slow" in that it's not blazingly fast (in my opinion). For some people, it's really a "OMG! A hint of slight lag! It's SO UNUSABLE!!!!"

    On my iPad Mini 2 I turned off the animations and it works fine for me. Not as fast as my Mini 4, but by no means "slow".
     
  7. Channan macrumors 68030

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    The iPad mini 2 for me was just really bad at multitasking. Once I started switching between apps, I would get really bad lag and things would slow down. But it was fine for single tasks. Especially reading and watching videos.
     
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    just skip the multitasking , then you are good to go
     
  9. HarryWild macrumors 65816

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    I need to upgrade from iOS 8.2 to possibly 10.2 and was wonder on performance hits!
     
  10. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    I used an iPhone 5s with iOS 10 yesterday and it was so laggy . Clearly, the A7 processor starting to show the age
     
  11. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    I don't think my iPad mini2 or iPhone 5s are really laggy if you compare it with e.g. iOS8,9. I do think that iOS7 was a lot quicker on these devices though.
     
  12. robotica macrumors 6502a

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    I use both my iPad mini 2 and 5s on a daily bases and both run fine.
    I typed this message on my iPad mini 2.
     
  13. Silver78 macrumors 6502

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    yes the ipad mini 2 is slow...turn off all visuals etc. it will help a bit.
    Still slow even in light use but better.
     
  14. minimo3, Dec 22, 2016
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    It's not so much the A7 or iPad mini 2 is slow as iOS 10 is bloated. Each major release becomes progressively more complex as entropy sets in after 9 years of tacking on routines to deal with each extra feature/model. If you could run iOS 6 on the iPad mini 2 it would fly even though it renders more textures and visual effects. An annual cadence for new iOS releases is far too aggressive to add both new features as well as defect fixes/performance enhancements. The regression testing alone must be enormous. They really should switch to a tick/tock cadence of alternating features one year, under the hood work the next year.
     
  15. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    I think iOS 11 is going to slow down the mini 2
     
  16. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Yep - then the complainers would complain that Apple is lacking in innovation, abandoning the OS, nothing to be excited about, etc.

    Any particular reason or is that just completely a guess?
     
  17. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    It is already laggy on iOS 10. Imagine on iOS 11. 5S is laggy on iOS 10
     
  18. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Solid logic - there's no way it could improve.

    Except, I would say 'laggyness' (for what there is) reached it's height on the mini 2 with iOS 8. iOS 10 is the best OS to run on the mini 2 since iOS 6.
     
  19. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    I just use my Mini 2 for sit-back media consumption - Netflix, Youtube, WatchESPN : all do fine. I wouldn't consider it the snappiest for any contact intensive applications today. I don't think many mobile devices would...
     
  20. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I have noticed a lag in my Mini 2 as of late (still on iOS 9.3.5 too). Fortunately my fiancée got me a Mini 4 for Christmas. But I typically just used the Mini 2 to read NYT, check email and occasional video streaming. So the lag definitely was not totally bothersome. However, I certainly notice the difference with the Mini 4.
     

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