iPad Upgrading iPad Air 2 to iOS 9?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bromio, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Bromio macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I have an iPad Air 2 which still is on iOS 8. I don't like to upgrade to unfinished versions. That's the reason I've been stuck on iOS 8, but, given that iOS 9 seems to have reached its latest minor update, I'm considering leave iOS 8.

    I also have an iPad mini 2 that suffered noticeable slow down when it went from its original iOS 7 to iOS 8.

    I do not want to repeat the same experience with my iPad Air 2, so the question is: from the point of view of performance, should I upgrade it to iOS 9.3.3 or will it be slowed down?

    Thanks!

    PS: From the features and security perspectives, it is clear that I should (must?) upgrade. That's not my point. I'm not asking that.
     
  2. bufffilm Suspended

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    If you're about getting the last stable release of iOS 9.x....wait till just before the ip7 annoucement...so in early sept will be fine to apply the latest version.

    And waiting this long is quite commendable...I'm very particular when it comes to installing updates on my idevices. Safe to install ios9 on the air2...ios10 might be a different story.
     
  3. 8692574 Suspended

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    Then you should never use any piece of software........
    iOS 8 is an unfinished iOS7 that is an unifinished iOS6 that is an unifinished iOS5 that is an unifinished iOS4 that is an unifinished iOS3 that is an unifinished iOS2 that is an unifinished iOS1 that is an unifinished iPod OS....blah blah blah.

    What I mean is that you will have issue no matter what, no OS is done and a higher version (as you suggest yourself) does not mean better software, so as an example 9.2.2 could be less "finished" than 9.0
     
  4. bufffilm Suspended

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    No offense, but that's exactly what this is...blah blah blah.

    If you want your device to perform optimally well, there comes a point where you are ill-advised to go past. But if security is your utmost concern, then Yes...install every update.

    The OP knows this, I think.
     
  5. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In my personal experience, iOS 8.3 was much better than previous versions, so I've just tried to avoid the first versions of iOS 9. I'm just asking if the current version is safe, only from the point of view of performance, for the iPad Air 2.
     
  6. 8692574, Jul 22, 2016
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    Oh are you from the planned obsolescence clan? Want a tinfoil hat?

    That is a tought one, what is slow for some is good for others ...(Android seems plenty fast and lag free for many users ;) ).

    I am running iOS 10 (beta) on the Air 2 and find it as fast as 9 ..... at least for now, and ios 9 was as fast as 8... but then again, what is good for one might not be for another.
     
  7. bufffilm Suspended

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    No, I don't believe in planned obsolescence, but there is no denying that later iOS versions don't run as well as subsequent generations of phones are released.

    And if you don't believe that...then I have a bridge to sell to you.
     
  8. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    Upgrade to 9.3.3. I don't know how you managed to resist upgrading for the multitasking features but it's worth upgrading, there is no noticeable slowdown.
     
  9. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've done what you have said and I have upgraded. Very glad!!
     
  10. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Actually, I think iOS 9 runs much better than iOS 8 on all of the devices I have, including my iPhone 5 (used primarily as an MP3 player).

    If you can run iOS 7, you can run iOS 9 at least the same if not better.
     
  11. bufffilm Suspended

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    Probably due to better optimization of the code to run on the older devices...I remember Apple saying that ios9 would do that.

    But I think with ios10 and later, you might see some slowdown. Problem is Apple only signs the old iOS version for a limited time so the clock is ticking for a rollback scenario whenever a new version gets pushed out.
     
  12. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    I doubt iOS 10 - from everything I've been reading about it performs just as well as iOS 9.
     
  13. bufffilm Suspended

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    That is good then.

    I doubt that is the case with the older iPads though. Take some convincing to make me believe ios10 runs on a ipad2 decently...are they supporting ios10 for it?
     
  14. JayJohnPaul macrumors regular

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    Nope.
     
  15. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

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    If you ask me - i think ios 9.3.2 or ios 9 in general has made my iPad Air 2 underperform a little:( laggy ui animation and safari browsing to name a few...
     

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