iPad Is there any good reason to put iOS 8 on an iPad 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by vexorg, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    We've got an older iPad2, it's running happily on IOS7, I held back as the iPhone4S struggled a bit with IOS8.

    Is there any good reason to upgrade the iPad2 to IOS8? or is it best left on IOS7 for now?
  2. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The choice is yours.

    I am not sure I would as you may gain some features but at the expense of some speed. Your choice is a hard one but I think I would leave well enough alone.
  3. WC23 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2014
    For me, ios 7 killed my ipad 3. Ios 8 helped a little, but still too laggy compared to the good ol days of ios 6. I say if it works well for you then don't upgrade.
  4. NorthSeaBeach macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    I find it hard to believe that iOS 8 works better on your ipad 3 than iOS 7.1.2 did. Even my mum's Air isn't as smooth on 8.1.1 as it was on 7.1.2. I have a 3 on 7.1.2 and I'm sure as heck not going to upgrade it, ever. I would advise OP to leave his/her 2 on 7 aswell. What is to gain going to 8 on an ipad 2? The drop in performance will outdo any possible minimal feature bonus.
  5. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    My iPad 3 was unusable on iOS 8. Just going to the forum it lagged like crazy. There's no way I would put iOS 8 on an iPad 2.

    Air Gen 1 with 7.1.2 is by far the smoothest and most stable iPad experience to date.


    iOS 7 killed my iPad 3 initially, but by iOS 7.1, my old iPad 3 was usable, and for the most part, fairly smooth for most of the operating system. iOS 8 just killed it and threw it in a shallow grave.
  6. NorthSeaBeach macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    Let's hope we will see a similar performance increase in coming iOS 8 updates, because as it is now I'm keeping the two rMini's in our household on 7.1.2 aswell.
  7. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Thanks, kind of confirmed what I was thinking.

    I've been really shocked by relatively new hardware that struggles with the new IOS updates
  8. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    I think you should go for iOS 6 if what you want is performance on an iPad 2.
  9. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    My iPad mini (basically the same hardware as the iPad 2) was usable under iOS 7 but the upgrade to 8 killed it. It would lag and stutter constantly. What solved it was doing a factory restore to iOS8 and setting it up as a new device. No lag and feels good now. I had similar problems with my old iPad 1, and iPhone 4 so I wiped both those and set them up fresh with the latest iOS they support (5.1.1 on iPad and 7.1.2 on iPhone) and both were suddenly usable again. I think the problem must be with going the upgrade route you end up with all sorts of stuff running in the background which causes the OS to go really slow. Wiping and reinstalling seems to fix it well.
  10. MacNerd1239 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Clean installs are always the way to go on older devices, DFU and restore the device that way everything is nice and clean. I've seen iPad 2 and iPad 3 run iOS 8 fairly well, smoother than 7 due to the new optimizations in 8.1.1+ for older devices.

    Certainly not as smooth as a Mini 2/3 or Air, but it holds it own fairly well.

    So, if you decide to go for it I'd recommend backing up the device or moving things like pictures to a computer and doing at the very least a clean install and restore from backup. If possible I would do a wipe and set up as new then move things like pictures back and sync everything else, this may not be the best option though if you have saved games that do not sync with Facebook / Game Center.
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I think I'd leave it as is.
  12. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I have an iPad3 I let mine get as close as iOS7 and that is her stop point. I am giving it to my parents for Xmas (dad keeps hogging mom's iPad2)and I will be advising them to NOT update it ever, same with their iPad2 (which mom updated to iOS7 by mistake, luckily it still works ok). Mind you they are not fussy users so if there is lag, they don't really notice much being old tech as they are :)

    I read what I believe to be sound advice from someone on these forums and he/she said something to the effect of: That they will update their iOS devices only One version up from the existing version that they purchased it at.

    It seems like a solid policy, but does kind of limit all of the new goodies that come with new toys. However I value smooth running over bells and whistles.
  13. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    My iPad 2 runs quite flawlessly with iOS 7. And that's where it's going to stay. I've already deleted iOS 8.1 because I forget to turn on airplane when I charge it overnight. Just thankful I can dump it.
  14. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    The biggest reason may be if you wanted to share family purchases which you can only do on iOS 8.
  15. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    Absolutely not. iOS 8 was the final nail in the coffin for my iPad 2. On the bright side, it gave me a reason to get an air 2.
  16. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    There are 2 reasons for upgrading an iPad2 to iOS8:

    First, important apps that you use require iOS 8.
    Second, you need an excuse to buy a new iPad. (Installing 8 on the iPad2 will most likely reduce performance and stability)
  17. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
  18. Internaut macrumors 6502a

    No. Sorry. I found out the hard way. Even bugs that were apparent (around gestures) on our iPad 2 and iPad Mini are apparent on our new iPad Air 2s (which otherwise perform to perfection). I don't like iOS 8. It's one of those upgrades that likely cements a lot of Apple's future plans while not being the best option for all end users.

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