Update iPad Air 2 from 10.3.3 to 12.2?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by Bladery, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Bladery macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    #1
    Hey guys,

    I have an iPad Air 2 which is still running on iOS 10.3.3 (latest version of iOS 10).

    Do you recommend updating to iOS 12.2?
    I do not want any hiccups or slow downs in any ways (like animations or loading websites etc.)

    Thanks for your advice!
     
  2. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2013
    #2
    No. Don’t do do it at any cost! I have the same device and it doesn’t perform nearly as well as it did on iOS 10.3.3. The battery life has also substantially decreased.
     
  3. Bladery thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    #3
    Ok, thanks for your advice!
    How does it feel like? I mean, I feel almost every animation stuttering etc. so I’m better of not updating I guess haha
    But apple said that iOS 12 is a performance update even for older devices
     
  4. EugW macrumors 603

    EugW

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2017
    #4
    The iPad Air 2 runs just fine on iOS 12. I fully recommend it.

    Dunno about battery life but iOS 12 is a great OS. Lots of new features iOS 11 and iOS 12 that are actually useful, and overall performance is quite decent.
     
  5. Bladery thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    #5
    Well, but did you update from iOS 10 to 12? Because otherwise it would have been slow process and you get used to stutterings etc.
     
  6. EugW macrumors 603

    EugW

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2017
    #6
    iOS 12 is faster than iOS 11.

    But even iOS 11 was OK on the iPad Air 2. Was iOS 10 faster? Maybe slightly but iOS 12 is fast enough.
     
  7. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

    Freakonomics101

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    #7
    The only benefit of staying on iOS 10 is battery life but the added features and improved performance from iOS 11 outweighs it. The Air 2 flies on iOS 12.
     
  8. Bladery thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2015
    #8
    Some say it lags (which is my guess too) and some say it’s ok.
    Hm, according to some videos, it’s indeed slower.

    No new features needed, it’s just a safari and YouTube device. Nothing more.
     
  9. EugW, Apr 9, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    EugW macrumors 603

    EugW

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2017
    #9
    What videos? If you're comparing iOS 10 to iOS 11, remember that iOS 12 is faster than iOS 11.

    Slide Over and Split View with Safari is way better in iOS 11/12 by a long shot.
     
  10. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030

    BugeyeSTI

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Location:
    Arizona
    #10
    I don’t know why people think iOS10 was so great... I thought it was no better than any other version including the most recent updates. I had persistent issues with email as well as battery throughout iOS10.. My Air2 is on iOS12.2 and it performs better than it ever did on iOS10 so if you want advice, realize that everyone’s experience will be different and some will prefer older software due to it simplicity and slight quicker performance and some will prefer new software for the added features and functionality as well as security..
     
  11. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Location:
    Central England
  12. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030

    TMRJIJ

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Location:
    South Carolina, United States
    #12
    My Air 2 is running quite smoothly on iOS 12.2
     
  13. ChrisChaval macrumors 6502

    ChrisChaval

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2016
    #13
    same here

    plus, I would get iOS 12 while you still can before iOS 13 is released which might be a drag if supported
     
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    #14
    We are still about half a year away from something like that.
     
  15. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

    TheIntruder

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    #15
    One thing iOS 12 will unequivocally not do is run old 32-bit apps, so if that's a concern to you, then stick with 10.
     
  16. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

    Mlrollin91

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2008
    Location:
    Ventura County
    #16
    Absolutely zero problems with my Air 2 on 12.2.
     
  17. nikusak macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2014
    #17
    Just update to iOS 12.

    There is zero reason to keep using a two year old OS.

    Pretty sure that there is no difference in battery life. Sure, battery life might be *now* worse than it was two years ago out of box, but that’s got nothing to do with iOS. Batteries degrade over time.

    Apple has very generous OS support for old devices, enjoy it.
     
  18. Racineur macrumors 6502

    Racineur

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Location:
    Montréal, Québec
    #18
    Hi, just upgraded. Zippy and fluid as my Air 2 has never been, but YES the battery took a hard hit. Lets go back in time. I bought the Air 2. It was on iOS 9: 12 hours of usage. After each update, the battery went down 40 minutes or around it.Then I upgraded to iOS 10 and stayed on 10.3.3 when battery usage was around 5-6 hours. Skipped iOS 11 and now on iOS 12.2. As I said, fast and fluid but battery is now around a ridiculous 3-4 hours. So no way I'm going for a new iDevice from Apple. Staying with my old Air2 et dinosaur iPhone 6s. More money in my pockets. In a nutshell, upgrade and it's a new Air 2 but accept the hit on the battery. BTW, is 'time screen" is the same as battery usage?
     
  19. EugW macrumors 603

    EugW

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2017
    #19
    Apple will replace your iPad Air 2 for CAD$129, complete with a new battery.

    https://support.apple.com/en-ca/ipad/repair/service
     
  20. Racineur macrumors 6502

    Racineur

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Location:
    Montréal, Québec
    #20
    Friend, 129$ replaces the battery only. Anyhow, I will call Apple service soon. Doing this trip back in time made me recall a strange thing that happened. A genius replaced my iPad that had a defect scree. When I came back home I was amazed by the new screen and so happy cause it was the third time Apple replace my Air 2. But I noticed the battery of this last Air 2 was already down to 95%. Was so happy to have an Air 2 with a perfect Retina screen that I stopped short of going back to the store. Now...
     
  21. EugW macrumors 603

    EugW

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2017
    #21
    According to reports, the way they usually replace the battery is to take your iPad and give you a new iPad. They don't usually disassemble it in-store.

    Either way, before you take it in, make sure you have a complete iTunes backup.
     
  22. Racineur macrumors 6502

    Racineur

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Location:
    Montréal, Québec
    #22
    OK friend, I understand. Sure I will follow you advice. This Air 2 is mostly used for emailing and browsing. It has never played a game other than Mahjong.
     

Share This Page