What's faster: iOS 9 or iOS 10 on iPad Air (1st Gen)?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by baryon, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. baryon macrumors 68040

    baryon

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    I have a first generation iPad Air running iOS 9, and it runs perfectly fine. It's fast, it has no bugs, and no problems whatsoever. I want to keep it that way.

    Should I install iOS 10, or should I stay clear of it if I want to keep enjoying the good performance and responsiveness of my iPad? If iOS 10 is any slower than iOS 9, then I definitely don't want to upgrade.
     
  2. lagwagon Suspended

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    iOS 10 (and its technically only beta still and also only 10.0) from my own experience and from what I've read of others is at the very least on par with iOS 9.3.5 performance, but in many cases actually better on a lot of devices. (Personally tested on iPhone 6, 12.9" iPad Pro and iPad 4)
     
  3. LolTakeri macrumors newbie

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    It is generally in par with 9.3.4(last I had). There is some lag with the home button,but it generally is great. I recommend you upgrade
     
  4. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

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    Here's a video that tests exactly that:
     
  5. JaJaWa macrumors 6502

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    The newest iOS 10 betas have got Spotlight search working properly on my iPad Air 1 and iPhone 6 Plus for the first time in their lives.
     
  6. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    I think performance wise they are pretty close, but iOS 10 feels faster as the animations are sped up a little.
     
  7. baryon thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks everyone for the replies, so it doesn't seem that iOS 10 is slower than iOS 9, that's good news!

    That's quite impressive, thanks for the video!
     
  8. Der Keyser macrumors member

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    I'm probably just an old grumpy man, but the speed differences has the biggest impact within critical apps like safari and email. The app launch/home button time - however annoying - does not impact nearly as hard as a 10% increase in webpage loadtime / reply to email and such.
    The video does seem to suggest IOS 9 does still hold a small performance advantage within safari/email and other apps.
    It's not much, but it's there, so please make sure it's within acceptable limits as there will be no going back.
     
  9. baryon thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Good point, the vast majority of the time I'm browsing web pages, so it sure would suck if it got any slower!
     
  10. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

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    I mean you can try iOS 10 now and you're pretty much guaranteed like a 2-3 week window in which you can downgrade back to 9.3.5 at any time. They won't stop signing 9.3.5 until past the public iOS 10 launch.
     

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