All iPads Should I upgrade my iPad 2 to IOS7?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Denis54, May 9, 2014.

  1. Denis54 macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    I have an iPad Air and an old iPad 2. I never updated the iPad 2 to IOS 7. When IOS 7 was released I read several posts where people said they had a lot of problems

    I did not check since. Should I upgrade? It would be nice if my 2 iPads had the same OS but on the other hand I do not want to have problems with my iPad 2.
  2. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    If you want to use new stuff yes. Apple is going to rapidly push all the developers to only support iOS 7.
  3. richwoodrocket, May 9, 2014
    Last edited: May 9, 2014

    richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
  4. babens macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
    I've been running iOS7 on my iPad 2 since pretty much the release of iOS7. I can't say that I've really seen all that much of a difference in performance, and certainly nothing that I've ever experienced as a real problem.
  5. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    My advice is to keep your ipad 2 on iOS 6 unless you need apps that are only supported on 7, like MS Office for iPad. Some will claim that performance is no different, but that's not true. There is more going on in 7 than in 6, not all of which can be disabled.
  6. yinz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    I agree. It's just not worth the slow down if you are fine with your "older" apps. I mean, "older" just means two years old. My iPad 2 is still on iOS 5 and it runs just as fast as when I first got it. I suspected that the iOS updates would slow down the machine, so I didn't update. The talk of all these crashes on even the iPad Air just makes updating not worth it at all.

    I rather have a useable iPad running on older apps, than to have an iPad I can't use at all.
  7. steve217 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2011
    This. I did the same thing with my wifes ipad 2 and didn't notice a slowdown.

    Unlike her iphone 4, which was killed by ios 7.
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    My iPad 2 has faired MUCH better with ios7 than the iPhone 4s. I wish I could roll back the 4s and it's 1/3 -1/2 batter life under ios7(yes, I turned off all battery draining "features")

    You should be fine with ios7 on the ipad2.
  9. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    iOS 7.1 runs pretty good on my iPad 2. It's not as smooth as it was with iOS 6 but it's a lot better than I expected.
  10. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    iOS 7.1.1 is mucho better than 7.1 sso worth upgrading. :apple:
  11. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    My iPad 3 is still is on iOS 5.1.1. It does everything I want it to. Very rarely I run into an app that won't work, I just find workarounds.
  12. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Been running my iPad 2 on 7 since the first beta. It runs without any issues for me now. iOS 7.1 is solid. Def give it the upgrade if you don't hate ios 7.


    Is there a reason you haven't upgraded it from ios5?
  13. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I have a family member who upgraded iPad 3 to iOS 7. While everything works on that machine, there is a slight lag in opening apps, the graphical transitions and motions. Someone did a comparison of iPhone 4 using iOS 6 and iOS 7; the difference was upto a second slower. While the numbers may not look like much, they are perceptible on every click, every scroll, every app, every use, all the time. My choice was to have a speedy system, and find workarounds for the odd app that I cannot use without upgrading. Now, I expect things may change for the worse for me after ios 8; but by that time I would consider my iPad 3 amortized and would pickup something newer. But if things don't change much, I'll keep going until something gives.
  14. iHackPro macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2014
    DFW, TX
    My iPad 2 is kicking along just fine on iOS 7.

    I do think I'll upgrade to the next iPad model released though, I doubt that the iPad 2 get iOS 8.
  15. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    I have an iPad 3 running on 5.1.1 and iOS 7 won't ever sniff that iPad. The iPad 3 was an under performer even with iOS 5. At least it runs smooth for the most part. I know iOS 7.1.1 won't make it any snappier than it already is. If anything it will take away from the performance.
  16. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    I used an iPad 3 on 5.1.1 also, and I agree it was an underperformer when released. I ended up not using it much because the A5 chip wasn't quite fast enough for me. iOS 7.1.1 does improve web browsing speed on the A5 chip though. But overall, 5.1.1 performs better.
  17. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    I've had iOS 7 on my iPad 2 since the developer betas and it was definitely slower, but it seems to be back to normal speed with 7.1.
  18. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    I'm on the same boat. iPad 2 has run me a good 3 years. Time for iPad Air 2 with TouchID :)
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Mine runs horrifically slow that I don't even try to use it anymore. Granted I do have an iPad Air, but I did have the iPad at home.
  20. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    That's cool. I think most of those lag issues have improved but there is no way 7 will ever be as smooth as 5 was. It's simply not possible on the older hardware. Also curious though, why didn't you upgrade to 6?
  21. MagicHAM macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2013
    Personally my Ipad 2 which I use for work on a daily basis remains on iOS6, while my Ipad Air came with iOS7 so I didn't have much of a choice in that regard.

    Since the ipad 2 is work product, and is owned by the company (and not by me) I don't have the option to upgrade it (nor am I allowed, it's a fireable offence, states in the terms and conditions of the Technology Devices Agreement they have) Anything technology related must be dealt with by the IT department through their support ticketing system (yes, including upgrades).

    Using both ios6 and 7 on a daily basis, the difference between the two operating systems is minimal to me. I don't notice anything really because I'm using ios7 on newer hardware and the company I work for has chosen to stick with iOS6 on their iPads for work. (Which is their right).
  22. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Raw speed wasn't lowered that much, but general smoothness did. I don't feel that my iPad 3 loads most apps slower than before but swiping, opening animations, scrolling, and multitasking are far less fluid.
  23. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you are clinging to iOS 6 or if you are doing what I'm doing by keeping some devices at 6 while the rest go to 7 and (either way) the iPad 2 is the one you want to keep at 6, then by all means, keep it at 6.

    Otherwise, if you are reluctant to upgrade due to problems, but are otherwise okay with iOS 7 running on your iPad 2, here's what I recommend:

    Back up your iPad 2. Do a DFU restore (connect the iPad to iTunes, press and hold sleep/wake and home buttons for ten seconds before releasing the sleep/wake; hold home for another five seconds before releasing that, if you did it all correctly, your iPad's screen should be off, but iTunes should report an iPad in recovery mode) and load the newest version of iOS 7. Then if you feel so inclined, restore from the back-up or set up as a new iPad. Your iPad 2 should then be running iOS 7 as smoothly as an iPad 2 can run iOS 7.

    I'm currently rocking a cellular iPad Air as my main, with a cellular first generation iPad mini that I'm keeping at iOS 6, and an iPad 2 on 7, decent ensemble right there.
  24. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I never found the need/ urge to. Everything I cared about on the iPad worked (99% still works even today) on iOS 5; so why change? Then iOS 7 came along, so the window to move to iOS 6 was shut. So, now there is no question of upgrading.

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