Solved iPad 1 Slowness Issue


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jan 5, 2011
Well after a few months of complaining on here that my iPad one is practically unusable since iOS 5.1.1 I solved the problem. I had tried rebooting, closing background apps, and restoring with no luck. The solution was to put the iPad in DFU mode, completely wipe it, then setup as new iPad, and reinstall everything from scratch. The whole process took about 2 hours and I lost all of my app data but it was worth it; the iPad runs like it is [almost] brand new now. I think the problem must have had something to do with the app data - like the Apple equivalent of registry errors. Or maybe it had a virus???

I also have the multitasking gestures off. That by itself makes a noticeable difference.

A short list of problems that wiping and setting up as a new iPad solved:
Keyboard lag
Lag when swiping between screens
~20 seconds to open apps like iBooks
-reduced shutdown and boot time by 10 seconds!
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macrumors member
Nov 16, 2009
This sounds like something I need to do, but am a little hesitant. From what I've read about DFU mode, once you're there the screen is black. How did you completely wipe it and then set up as a new iPad? How did you re-install your apps?


Night Spring

macrumors G5
Jul 17, 2008
Why not just "restore" and then setup as a new iPad? Why was DFU necessary?
Agreed. DFU is for when an iDevice hangs during restore, or ends up in a boot loop. It doesn't wipe the device any more or less than a regular restore.

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