Which Devices Won't Make the Cut for iOS 9?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Yebubbleman, Jun 4, 2015.


Which of these devices won't make the cut for iOS 9?

  1. iPad 2

    24 vote(s)
  2. iPad mini (First Generation)

    22 vote(s)
  3. iPhone 4S

    20 vote(s)
  4. iPod touch (Fifth Generation)

    10 vote(s)
  5. iPad (Third Generation)

    15 vote(s)
  6. iPad (Fourth Generation)

    2 vote(s)
  7. iPhone 5/5c

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Last year at around this time, I posted a similar thread about speculation as to which iOS devices wouldn't make the cut for iOS 8. Fun times were had by all and now it's time to do so again. It's pretty safe to assume that anything that came out this year and/or has either some form of A7 CPU or A8-based CPU will be supported. Less certain is anything else. Rumors suggest that iOS 9 will be an optimization update akin to Snow Leopard for the Mac platform circa 2009. Some tend to look at that in one of two ways. (a) That means they're removing bloat from the code. Or (b) that means that they're adding in support for future technologies that will set the stage for a whole new generation of features down the road. Really both of those are two sides to the same coin. Some have suggested that this might be a 64-bit only release (which would effectively eliminate the iPhone 5 and 5c, fourth generation iPads and older, as well as all A5-based devices) in the same vein that Snow Leopard was OS X's first Intel-only release. What say you?

    Personally, I am unsure of the 64-bit only rumors. It would make some degree of sense and it would help Apple optimize development of iOS immensely (which would ultimately help smooth out performance issues that made iOS 8 noticably slower on A7 devices than iOS 7), though limiting the fourth generation iPad and iPhone 5/5c would be more aggressive of a limitation than either product has seen in years. I'd say that the A5 devices are out given how difficult it has been for Apple to optimize performance on those devices for iOS 8. Then again, the issue may be strictly RAM-based, in which case, the A5 devices go, but the 1GB of RAM in the A5X of the third generation iPad might give it some staying power.

    Many will cry foul given that Apple still sells two devices (the fifth generation iPod touch [a product that is fairly neglected on the whole these days] and the first generation iPad mini [a product sold purely at the lowest entry level price they've ever had for an iPad, a fact that may very well concede as long of a supported software life-cycle]).

    What say you?

    (Please refrain from injecting your own personal wishes and desires. This is about what you think Apple will do given the facts and rumors that have already been presented).
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I would normally say the oldest generation of devices that are supported on iOS 8 will get axed...but with the rumor that Apple is optimizing iOS 9 for the A5 Chip (the one's used on the oldest gen of supported devices), we may have a year where Apple doesn't make any cuts.
  3. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    This discussion keeps on happening over and over.
  5. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    This. There was no, 'none of the above' option.

    The rumors have been plenty strong, from all sources, that A5 will continue to be supported.
  6. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    There should be a "none" option on the poll, though it's often redundant it would make sense in this case.
  7. Matheew944 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2015
    IOS 9 devices

    Iphone 5 and up
    Ipad 3 and up
    Ipad mini 2 and up

    no Ipad 2 and no Iphone 4s, no original Ipad Mini
    no touch 5
  8. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Apple still sells the original iPad Mini. They are not going to discontinue support with iOS 9.
  9. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    This would also apply to the iPod Touch.
  10. chekz0414 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2011
    All devices that run 8 will run 9, I think this is evident by the sources and also the fact that if Apple wasn't going to support them they'd have been discontinued by WWDC, like they did the year iOS 7 was debuting and the iPod touch 4th gen was pulled from selling a month in advance.
  11. Matheew944 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2015
    we will see which devices will get suported on monday!...
  12. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I think all of them will if it's a Snow Leopard-like update mainly focussed on optimisation. Though if there are some new features (like Proactive or split screen multitasking) which are fairly resource intensive, they may be left out of older devices.
  13. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Based on rumors that iOS 9 is for stabilization. I would bet the iPad 2 doesn't get axed if this is actually the case. My iPad 2 has progressively gotten better with 8.x updates. So it's not completely dead just yet.
  14. g-7 macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2006
    Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes or No?

    This is how this poll without a "None" option works like ;)
  15. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    Perhaps some features won't be active on old hardware, but I guess every device running iOS 8 will be eligible for iOS 9 upgrade
  16. Yebubbleman thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like they'll all be running it. I'm scared for performance on the fifth generation iPod touch. It's already pretty bad as it is. The third generation iPad that I have is primarily used for messing around with, so I'm not as caring about performance there. But at least let me enjoy the the last substantive iPod they're likely to make.
  17. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    From Apple's iOS 9 website:

    "Under-the-hood refinements bring you more responsive performance, easier updates, better battery life, and tighter security. So your device works that much better — for everything you do with it."
  18. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Pretty sure iOS 9 will run better than 8. Probably why all devices that have 8 will still get 9
  19. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Hope it also fixes unresponsive lock screens and black screens after unlocking.
  20. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    This is perhaps the most surprising news. I have a lot of friends and family members who are using older devices and it will be beneficial to have everybody on iOS 9 running a smooth experience.

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