Reliable/Stable iOS Version (7.1 or Later) for iPad 4?

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  1. Gtr65 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I tried to purchase an app yesterday and couldn't because it required iOS 7.1 or later. I'm running 7.02 and have never had any issues. From the reviews I've read from several sources, it seems as if every subsequent version has had bugs and causes problems like excessive battery drain, etc.

    Can anyone please recommend a decent version to go with? (I'd like to stay with 7.X/7.X.X.)

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. dcharleyultra macrumors 6502

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    You can no longer update to iOS 7 because it is no longer being signed for the iPad 4. You would have to update to iOS 8.1.
     
  3. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True, but I've come across a couple sites that have all past iOS versions archived and (I'm assuming) I can download the update to my iPad from my Mac.
     
  4. Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

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    Apple will not allow you to install the old iOS versions as they are signed by their servers. It is impossible to install any old iOS version on modern devices.

    Also, iOS 7.0.2 has the very serious SSL vulnerability. Why not upgrade and make your phone secure?
     
  5. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for letting me know this. I guess my question becomes, is there as of yet a good 8.X version? From what I've read, there are still bugs to be fixed AND it uses up 1.8 GB of memory.
     
  6. Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

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    For me, the current iOS 8.1 is very good on my 5 and Air 2
     
  7. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for sharing that---I appreciate it.
     
  8. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    8.1 on the iPad 4 works very well. There hasn't been one time I thought I should have stayed on 7.x.
     
  9. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm really surprised (again). Thanks for posting this.
     
  10. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I agree. I like the iOS 8 features and find that 8.1 works as well as 7.1.2 did on the iPad 4.
     
  11. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow. Thanks---I guess I'm gonna go for 8.1 when I get home tonight. I just never thought this would be the recommended way to go. When you Google "iOS 8.1 stability," the first thing that pops up is "5 Reasons NOT to Upgrade to 8.1"----then if you scroll down you see other cautionary info.
     
  12. chrfr macrumors 603

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    As with everything else on forums and the internet, remember that most people who don't have issues with something tend not to bother to go online to report that everything works fine.
    If nothing else, the major security vulnerabilities that have been patched since iOS 7.0.2 make the upgrade a must, in my mind.
     
  13. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    Google can sometimes be the bathroom wall of information. That's why we all come to MR for trusty information instead :D
     
  14. white4s macrumors 65816

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    only if you update ota, not through itunes
     
  15. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I should connect my iPad to the Mac via USB and then get the update?
     
  16. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great---thanks, and thanks also to white4s.
     
  17. white4s macrumors 65816

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    correct. safer and usually faster through itunes, and of course less memory used
     
  18. Gtr65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    UPDATE: I upgraded to 8.1 through iTunes on my Mac this evening and all went well without a hitch. So far, so good.

    Thanks to everyone who replied today.
     

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