All iPads Thinking of getting iPad Air or miniR, but concerned about staleness of iOS

Discussion in 'iPad' started by red321red321, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. red321red321 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2013
    Thinking of getting iPad Air or miniR, but concerned about staleness of iOS. How do folks feel. Is there anything the new iPads can do that my iPad 2 cannot do?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What do you mean staleness - we're talking about an operating system, not bread.

    If the platform offers you the apps, and services that fit your need, then get the tablet. For iOS, its a robust operating system, that offers a ton of apps, I see no reason to avoid the iPad air or mini.
  3. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    In short, no.

    Faster network. Faster CPU. Siri. Airdrop. Higher pixel density display. But those are all superficial.

    Raw capability with apps. iPad2 can still chug along.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Aside from the massive hardware spec differences in screen and processor, iOS 7 on an iPad 2 is missing

    HDR mode in the Camera app
    Video sharing via PhotoStream
    FaceTime over a cellular network

    So if the slow performance, lack of retina, and the above features don't matter to you, then your iPad 2 is just fine.
  5. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    My miniR makes buttered toast in the morning and tucks my kids into bed at nighttime. I'm hoping the next iPad adds the killer feature to include jam on my toast. I've pretty sure those features weren't included in the original iPad 2 release.

    Seriously, the iPad 1 was revolutionary, everything since then is evolutionary and that's to be expected.
  6. iMaven macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2011
    Fingerprint Scanner

    There may be a difference when they include the fingerprint scanner on all iDevices and include that for purchases, or anything else that would normally take a password.

    I think the current iDevices will still last for a few years...even if you don't upgrade the iOS.

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