Update iPad mini 2 to OS 9.3.1??

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by saxman211, May 4, 2016.

  1. saxman211 macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2010
    I just got an iPad mini 2 that's running iOS 7. How does OS 9.3.1 run on it? Should I upgrade? Or stay with iOS 7??
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Is there anything from iOS 9 or 8 that you are looking for (any particular new features or anything like that) or anything that you aren't getting from iOS 7 in particular?
  3. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    MIne works great on 9.3.1 - smooth, great batter life etc.
  4. alphonseM macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2014
  5. saxman211 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2010
    I'm curious about night light and all of the other features that have been added since iOS 7, but I've heard horror stories about the upgrade from iPad mini 2... So I'm a bit nervous... I'm fine with iOS 7. Just wondering if I should upgrade
  6. Applerx macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2015
    I just bought an iPad Mini 2 that came with 9.3.1. I can't compare it to iOS 7 but compared to my iPhone 6 with 9.3.1 it is slower, probably because of the older hardware.
    The iPad is not laggy but opening apps etc. takes a little longer, not annoyingly long but noticeable. Everything else is working without any problems.
  7. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    I'd keep it on 7 unless you have an iPhone and want to use features like sms and call forwarding
  8. alphonseM, May 7, 2016
    Last edited: May 7, 2016

    alphonseM macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2014
    Keeping it on iOS7 seriously limits the number of apps available though.
  9. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    My Mini 2 works GREAT on 9.3.1. I especially enjoy the split screen and NightLight.
  10. Hustler macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    Agree with both these points and agree, no performance issues here.
  11. crashoverride77, May 8, 2016
    Last edited: May 8, 2016

    crashoverride77 macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2014
    You should be fine now, iOS 9.3 fixed most performance issues.
    I would upgrade just for the full disk encryption and other security issues that haven't been patched in 2.5 years.
    There is also some nice features since iOS 8 and 9 that you are missing (too many to list)
    --- Post Merged, May 8, 2016 ---
    Or all the other features you haven't listed. What about app support, encryption or all the missing security patches from the last 2.5 years.? Terrible advice
  12. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    The horror stories you've heard are most probably fabricated like the recent article about Apple Music deleting people's whole libraries. My friend has an iPad mini 2 and it runs just perfect on iOS 9.3.1.
  13. saudor, May 8, 2016
    Last edited: May 8, 2016

    saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    My iPad 2 running ios7 is faster than my air 2 running iOS 9.3.1. Definitely YMMV here. Same deal with the 5S. There's stuttering pretty much everywhere and Siri is invoked simply by unlocking with Touch ID. Even as I type this, there is keyboard lag on the air2. (Stock keyboard). It's fine if I type slow, but speeding it up = becomes unresponsive

    Some of us don't want laggy devices and take precautions to not connect to random open networks. Point is.. If what you want to do all works on 7, why upgrade just for "better security" in exchange for an almost unusable device? obviously, if you need later versions/features that they provide, then upgrade.

    iOS devices aren't PCs/running Windows. Security isn't that big of a deal as it is with running something like windows xp. Heck even the old windows xp laptop not even running the latest SP3 is still doing just fine exposed to the Internet (definitely not the best idea but it hasn't died since 2007)
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    To be fair, there's a whole spectrum and quite a bit of difference between some animation stutters in some places and "almost unusable device". That said, as is pretty much usually the case, there are also some certainly can and do have some more issues than others or more pronounced issues then others.
  15. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    Indeed. Actually the animation stutters don't bother me. The unlock lag on the 5s is not even animation. There's just no response for about 2-3 seconds and then Siri gets triggered instead of unlocking the phone. It was actually gone in 9.2 and came back in 9.3.

    Meanwhile on the air 2, it's like the touch sensor is completely dead as it sometimes takes several taps on the key for it to actually show up. Maybe it's a 64 bit thing. Never had issues on the iPad 4 - even on 9.3 (aside from animation stutters which again is fine) The iPhone 5 ran smooth too.

    The iPad 2 on 7 is essentially flawless (for me)
  16. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
  17. archvile macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2007

    Something's wrong with your devices then. Software or hardware issue. My 5S runs flawlessly on 9.3 and I have a ton of work apps installed. Runs smooth as butter and no problems with battery.

    I think your idea of iOS device security not being a big deal is hugely misplaced and quite frankly just wrong. These are ultra portable devices carrying vast amounts of personal information that run an incredibly higher risk of being stolen or lost, so of course security should be absolutely forefront and the devices should be as locked down as possible.

    It's not just about a security flaw or browser exploit, it's also about someone getting physical access to your device and breaking into it or stealing data from it without your consent. They implement security features such as full disk encryption for a reason.

    edit: typos
  18. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    My Mini 2 runs perfectly find on iOS 9.3.1. When my fiancée purchased it for me for Christmas, iOS 7 was installed on it. Initially I was hesitant to install iOS 9, each update has run smooth on my Mini 2. You shouldn't have any concerns updating it to 9.3.1.
  19. saxman211 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2010
    Hmmm.... You guys seem to be happy for the most part. Don't know why I'm so hesitant. Maybe I'll do it today. I just hate it when my device slows down and I can't go back to what I've had.

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