iPad iPadOS on unsupported Mini 2

Discussion in 'iOS 13' started by mws43, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. mws43 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2016
    I saw a tread about getting Catalina to work on unsupported Macs. Is there any change that iPadOS can be made to work on my unsupported Mini 2 (that works very well), or must I buy a new Mini just to have supported OS?
  2. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    It's not generally possible to install a newer version of iOS (iPadOS) that a device doesn't support because of the way Apple locks down iOS devices. Not sure it would even run well considering iOS 13 expects 2 GB RAM and the iPad mini 2 only has 1 GB.
  3. aakshey macrumors 68000


    Jun 13, 2016
    It is time to upgrade my friend. Had Apple allowed iPadOS on 1 GB RAM devices, that would have been a nail in the coffin for them.
  4. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Yeah, this is probably correct.

    Apple could optimize older devices to run newer software. Usually there are some trade offs involved when it comes to optimizing, but it could be done.

    There is just little reason/incentive for Apple to do so.

    For my iPad mini 2, the nail was iOS 9.

    It ran great under iOS 8, with great battery life, but iOS 9 made many apps, such as Safari useless. iOS 10 brought the Mini 2 back to life, but it still wasn't as good as iOS 8, and the battery life sucks.
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Apple will not provide a software update file for the Mini 2, so there's absolutely no way to make it work.

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