iPad mini 3 more responsive on 9.2?

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  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    So I was a little surprised to see how laggy iOS 9.1 was on my mini 3. It wasn't unusable by any means, but there was lots of lag with any of the slide down or slide over panes as well as getting to the multitasking carousel.

    I'm even more surprised that today's release of 9.2 seemed to fix ALL of my lag issues. It's like a whole new iPad! I really don't think it's my imagination--it truly is far less laggy than it was. Anyone else experiencing this on older models?
     
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  3. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    My mini 3 was not laggy on 9.1, in fact it ran great. Tried 9.2 last night and it still runs as good. If its better I have not noticed yet.
     
  4. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Interesting--I just got my mini 3 not long ago--it was shortly after 9.0 came out and I noticed the laggy-ness right away. It wasn't any better or worse on 9.1. It feels like it's screaming fast on 9.2.

    Interestingly, I had an iPad Air 1 before this, which is basically the same thing as a mini 3 but bigger and without touch ID. I had it on 9.0 beta, and it was laggy just like my mini 3 was at first.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    But I was under the impression that Apple purposely sabotages the performance of your device with each update to force you to buy a newer model. :p

    *edit to add*

    My department at work has an Air 1. It was a bit laggy at times running 9.1, but I just upgraded it to 9.2 and it's running as smoothly as I've ever seen it.
     
  6. rkuo macrumors 6502a

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    swiping down for spotlight still lags like a mofo.
     
  7. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    Try turning off Siri suggestions.
     
  8. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    Actually 9.0 made my mini 3 run like trash and it was 9.1 that fixed it all.
     
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    How do you know that for certain?
     
  11. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    I had the mini 2 and I was experiencing the lag. The 2gb of ram on the 4 is a great addition.
     
  12. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    How do you know it's not the faster processor that makes the difference? I thought RAM had more to do with multitasking. Stuttering animations and UI is more of a CPU/GPU issue, isn't it?
     
  13. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I thought that at first but I'm not so sure now that I'm seeing such big improvements in animations and general responsiveness. I'm sure the 2 gb in the mini 4 makes it even better, but after the update, my mini 3 is definitely no slouch.
     
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    Same here on my mini 2. iOS 9.0 was actually much better with spotlight, blurring was pretty smooth, not perfect, and keyboard popped up perfectly smooth. 9.1 broke it all, 9.2 is no different.
    I think it's a combo of both. From what I've heard, system animations are stored in RAM when they occur. So you may open a folder, it will lag AWFULLY, but the next time it will be perfect until you go awhile without performing that animation again.

    Also personally for me, 9.2 helped a lot with the app switcher but it still isn't perfect. Sometimes it is, other times it's still like 30fps or the animation is mostly skipped. 9.2 beta 1 and 2 were better, it got worse with beta 3 and 4. However b1 and 2 had that weird effect if you selected an app that was blurred in the background.
     
  15. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    About 24 hours after installing 9.2, I started having a strange issue--my iPad was warm to the touch at all times and draining battery like crazy, even when not in use. It went from 100 to 0 in about 6 hours. Ended up starting it over as a fresh iPad. Haven't had the issue since and the performance improvements over 9.1 remain intact.

    The heat and battery drain were odd though. Never had an iOS device do that to me before.
     
  16. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    I updated the mini 4 last night along with the 6s plus and so far so good.
     

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