Solved iPad 1 Slowness Issue

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by filmbuff, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. filmbuff, Sep 29, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012

    filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    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!
  2. dougb256 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?

  3. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
    Why not just "restore" and then setup as a new iPad? Why was DFU necessary?
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    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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