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bmac89

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Hello,

I have the original iPad Pro 9.7” 2016 which I use as my primary device. Is anyone still using this device and how does it perform on iPadOS 15? Or perhaps you have chosen not to update? How does performance compare to 13 and 14? I like to get as much life out of my electronic devices so I don’t want to update and basically turn the device into a slug. I’m definitely not one to regularly buy new devices.

I know iPadOS 16 is imminent but I have no intention of updating straight away. However if anyone is running the iPadOS 16 beta on the iPad Pro 9.7” I would be interested to know what the performance is like. Being a beta, obviously things can change rapidly but I’m still interested to know.

Many Thanks!
 

FeliApple

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Firstly, I’d like to apologise because I can’t answer your question. I have a 9.7-inch iPad Pro on iOS 12. Which iOS version is your 9.7-inch iPad Pro on, and how’s battery life and performance for you?

Mine on iOS 12… I’d describe performance as decent (occasional keyboard lag, which wasn’t present on iOS 9, before Apple forced me to iOS 12 three years ago, otherwise it’s good) and battery life as highly mediocre, barely scraping 10 hours with light use (maybe even less, 8 or 9), whereas it would get 13-14.5 on iOS 9. How’s yours?

I don’t know if this helps, but if I may, the other device with a comparable SoC is the iPhone 6s. People have reported mediocre performance (a little more lag, maybe, especially whilst using the keyboard), even though it’s not unusable, but abhorrent battery life. It is highly likely that the same issue remains on iPadOS 15. Performance will be mediocre but usable, and battery life will be abhorrent. I tried an iPhone 6s on iOS 13 (which is not 15), and the keyboard is scarily laggy. I’m used to something a lot better, considering I use an iPhone 6s on iOS 10 daily.
 

rmc2000

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Hello,

I have the original iPad Pro 9.7” 2016 which I use as my primary device. Is anyone still using this device and how does it perform on iPadOS 15? Or perhaps you have chosen not to update? How does performance compare to 13 and 14? I like to get as much life out of my electronic devices so I don’t want to update and basically turn the device into a slug. I’m definitely not one to regularly buy new devices.

I know iPadOS 16 is imminent but I have no intention of updating straight away. However if anyone is running the iPadOS 16 beta on the iPad Pro 9.7” I would be interested to know what the performance is like. Being a beta, obviously things can change rapidly but I’m still interested to know.

Many Thanks!
I have an iPad Pro 9.7” 2016, wifi, 32GB and a Smart Keyboard. I have used it with iPad OS 15 and it is presently running iPad OS 16. The iPad is still usable, though does have moments where there is a pause between touch input and registering that touch input. It also is no longer possible to run software updates without connecting to a computer. After a fresh iPad OS install, the system portion of available storage quickly eats a good deal of space. Even with just a few apps installed, updating the OS for a small update will require temporarily removing the apps for space.

To best speak on usability, in testing, I can just pull out my phone to do whatever it is I am trying to do on the iPad and I am finished before the iPad even begins to catch up. Though it is usable with patience, I would not be able to function with this as a primary device.
 
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bmac89

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Which iOS version is your 9.7-inch iPad Pro on, and how’s battery life and performance for you?

Mine is on 13. I can’t remember if I even used 12. I think I may have gone straight from 11 to 13. From the two replies so far it sounds like the performance is (or is likely to be) even worse than I expected.

I haven’t noticed keyboard lag but I have noticed that when opening or switching apps there is often a black screen before it loads. Also it crashes if you switch between multiple apps too quickly and Safari tabs tend to reload if you switch apps and back.

The reason I was asking is because I was wondering whether to update to 15 before the shutoff with the release of 16 as I expect 16 will be the last update and would likely be brutal for this device.

I have an iPad Pro 9.7” 2016, wifi, 32GB and a Smart Keyboard. I have used it with iPad OS 15 and it is presently running iPad OS 16. The iPad is still usable, though does have moments where there is a pause between touch input and registering that touch input.

To best speak on usability, in testing, I can just pull out my phone to do whatever it is I am trying to do on the iPad and I am finished before the iPad even begins to catch up. Though it is usable with patience, I would not be able to function with this as a primary device.

That sounds terrible. Delayed touch input and finishing task on phone before ipad even catches up. This sounds much worse than I expected. Was it this bad on 15 as well?

I find my device on 13 is still usable. The only functional slow down in daily use is when opening or switching an app it can sometime have a black screen before loading. Apart from this the ipad sometimes crashes if I switch between multiple apps too quickly.
 

FeliApple

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Mine is on 13. I can’t remember if I even used 12. I think I may have gone straight from 11 to 13. From the two replies so far it sounds like the performance is (or is likely to be) even worse than I expected.

I haven’t noticed keyboard lag but I have noticed that when opening or switching apps there is often a black screen before it loads. Also it crashes if you switch between multiple apps too quickly and Safari tabs tend to reload if you switch apps and back.

The reason I was asking is because I was wondering whether to update to 15 before the shutoff with the release of 16 as I expect 16 will be the last update and would likely be brutal for this device.



That sounds terrible. Delayed touch input and finishing task on phone before ipad even catches up. This sounds much worse than I expected. Was it this bad on 15 as well?

I find my device on 13 is still usable. The only functional slow down in daily use is when opening or switching an app it can sometime have a black screen before loading. Apart from this the ipad sometimes crashes if I switch between multiple apps too quickly.
So performance is even more mediocre on iPadOS 13? Yeah, I wouldn’t do it. That coupled with what the other user said (and the fact that you cannot go back) makes it a one way ticket to a possible decline in performance that, should it materialize, would render the iPad barely usable. The other user’s description is honestly quite scary. Considering the 6s is pretty bad on iOS 13 though, I guess that’s to be expected.
 

ThrowerGB

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Hello,

I have the original iPad Pro 9.7” 2016 which I use as my primary device. Is anyone still using this device and how does it perform on iPadOS 15? Or perhaps you have chosen not to update? How does performance compare to 13 and 14? I like to get as much life out of my electronic devices so I don’t want to update and basically turn the device into a slug. I’m definitely not one to regularly buy new devices.thesamethemachine,

I know iPadOS 16 is imminent but I have no intention of updating straight away. However if anyone is running the iPadOS 16 beta on the iPad Pro 9.7” I would be interested to know what the performance is like. Being a beta, obviously things can change rapidly but I’m still interested to know.

Many Thanks!

I have the same machine. It has 256 GB with 89.43 GB still available. It’s running iPadOS 15.7, the latest version. I’m not using it with any peripherals. I have cellular turned off and just use WiFi. I don’t store photos in iCloud to save space and don’t download music, so there’s not a lot of traffic for WiFi to deal with.

It responds just fine for me. But I can’t really remember what it was like when I got it. Of course a lot of the apps we have these days do more than in the past, so that may have an impact. I also understand that how much memory you have free can have an impact on performance too.
 
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