Will Apple update iOS 5?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by filmbuff, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    With iOS6 coming out, will Apple have any more updates for iOS5? The reason I ask is because the last couple releases have really slowed down my iPad 1, making it practically unusable for anything time sensitive. I can browse the internet fine and once I'm in an app it is usually okay, but apps take forever to load. ibooks takes up to 20 seconds just to display my bookshelf - which only has 5 books on it. The app store crashes every 30 seconds.

    I know the problem is iOS because the iPad slowed down when I upgraded to 5.0, then went back to normal with 5.0.1. Then, like an idiot I upgraded to 5.1 and it slowed back down again.

    EDIT: yes, I have done a complete wipe and restore multiple times.
  2. apb89 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
  3. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    I have upgraded my original iPad to every new version including 5.1.1 and I have not experienced the problems you have.
  4. Kashsystems macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    Have upgraded a few 1st gen iPads myself and have not had any of these issues. I noticed you say that you have done a wipe then a clean install, have you downloaded a new image file? Just to make sure there is no corruption issues with the file you are using.
  5. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    It may be annoying (and people will tell me I am wrong), but get in the habit of closing things in the task switcher. iOS waits far too long before closing apps and freeing memory. Background apps don't use CPU or battery, but they still have memory allocated to them, and iOS will need to flush that from every background app when something you run requests it. Apple decided to go that route (I'm guessing) because they assumed people would be using a few key apps over and over, and would rather be able to quickly switch between the same programs over and over (such as Safari and Facebook) than having more memory free to allow several different apps to start up quicker.

    My iPhone 3GS (another 256MB device) would have tons of free memory back in the iOS 3.x days (nothing left in the background), so load times were nearly non-existent. But with the release of iOS 4.0, and then more-so 4.3 and 5.0, I find my device hovering around the area of 0-20MB free RAM. Opening something like the Camera app needs 40-60MB RAM, so I end up waiting 5-10 seconds for it to open as iOS (slowly) closes a bunch of stuff I didn't need loaded any more. That use to open so quickly back with iOS 3.

    If you jailbreak, the "KillBackground" addon gives you a simple 1-touch "close all" button that will quickly free up memory. I've seen my device jump from 0-20MB free to 100-140MB free with that. Apps like Camera spring right open then.

    The lack of RAM on iOS devices *really* kills performance.
  6. tonyr6 macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn NY
    Of course you have to stinking jailbreak to do a simple thing like close all apps. Any device with 256 MB of RAM sucks badly. Lets hope if they release a new iPod Touch it has at least 512 MB of RAM.
  7. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    my guess would be no. I don't recall them updating an old version of IOS before.
  8. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    iOS 1.1.5 came out after the release of iOS 2.0.0.
  9. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Very unlikely there will be an upgrade to IOS 5 once iOS 6 is shipping.

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