Will iOS 11 slow down the IPad Air 2?

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  1. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    So, next year , will be the third major software update that IPad Air 2 will receive. Knowing that past iOS releases slowed down older devices , do you think iOS 11 will slow down the IPad Air 2?
     
  2. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    My guess is no. The iPad Air 2 is still a very recent iPad, and pretty fast. We really don't know yet, though, it depends on how big of an upgrade iOS 11 will be. But I'm 99% sure iOS 11 won't slow down the Air 2.
     
  3. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    If it slows down the Air2 wouldnt it most likely slow down the 9.7 Pro? Even though the cores are different they have the same RAM. In this way I think people with Air 2 are safe. However, the disclaimer here is that I know nothing about computer engineering so I may be thinking way to simple about this.
     
  4. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    No because iOS 10 didn't slow down iPhone 5s modern devices can easily handle 3 maybe 4 updates fine 3 for sure
     
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    Everything said here is pure speculation. A look at my crystal ball only gives me a blurry picture...
     
  6. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    You are just alittle, ram would factor in alittle but the Pro is also more powerful by a
    Logic and looking to the past releases easily tells you no it will not slow down
     
  7. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    So, although it's pure speculation, do you feel there would ever be an update that the 9.7 Pro can handle that the Air 2 can't? Just asking and ubdrstand nobody actually kniws but I ask because I am trying to figure out if I keep the Air 2 128GB I got for $400 after taxes or the 9.7 Pro I got for $583 after taxes. I only need the functions of an Air 2 but still wondering if Pro woukd actually future proof me. if it was 3-4GB of ram it woukd be a no brainer but like everything Aplle, they keep you on your toes.
     
  8. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    I'll tell you, there is no chance of iOS 11 slowing down the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. That is possibly the fastest iPad you can buy right now.
     
  9. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. I was just trying to gather if anone thought that the Air 2 and 9.7 have same longevity due to similar specs . For example, on one thread people think that the iPad Air 2 is a better buy given the price difference and the lack of spec bump in relation to 9.7 Pro. My own dilemma is wondering if $200 on the iPad Air 2 is worth saving or if spending the extra 200 on the pro will keep me in the game longer by not having to upgrade. I know this is all pure speculation but I'm just interested in opinions.
     
  10. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    I'd say a Pro will be supported for longer. But an Air 2 will be supported for quite a while. It's a fast and capable iPad (I've used an Air 1 before, and even it's fast on iOS 10. Crazy fast).
     
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    Maybe I am guessing iOS 11 might be too much for Air 2 to handle Apple wants you to upgrade to latest iPad tablet.
     
  12. Math889 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The iPhone 5s is still working well on iOS 10. Let's see how it will perform on iOS 11. So, I think iOS 11 won't slow the Air 2 (the Air 2 is more powerful than IPad Air 1).I think it will start to get slow on iOS 13 .
     
  13. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    That's a really good guess. I agree.
     
  14. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    Maybe IOS 13 or 14? Let's just keep on speculating.
     
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    If iOS 11 is the last update for Air 2, Apple will make sure that it has Apple's Trademark "Lag and stutter". Not too much but just enough to annoy users and compel them to upgrade to iPad Pro 2 or Air 3 whatever they call the next gen.

    But first they would have to make iPhone 6S obsolute as they are same on performance level.
     
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    Q: Will iOS 11 slow down the iPad Air 2?
    A: No, the greatest improvement that iOS 11 will usher in is animated emojis. The Air 2 should handle that just fine.
     
  18. parajba macrumors 6502

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    A bit OT but still relevant as I upgraded my iP6 from 8.4 to 10 and boy it's fast and snappy. Admittedly the battery lasts a little bit less but not materially less, but the performance is incredible. It gave new life to my 3-y old device. So, if iOS11 is engineered as good as iOS10, it will not slow down your iPad Air 2.
     
  19. Math889 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah , I think the Air 2 will handle fine . The A8X and A9 perfomance almost the same ( same RAM)
    However, there is a difference between these processors: The A9 chip has 2GB of RAM DDR4 and 1.85 GHz. But in daily use .I don't notice a real difference between them(I have a SE and Air 2)
     
  20. rui no onna, Dec 4, 2016
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    In general, the iPad Pro 9.7 will likely be good for just one extra year longer than the iPad Air. Question is, is that extra year worth $183 to you?

    Mind, my choice of Pro 9.7 was a no-brainer for me since I've been holding out for a 256GB iPad. I did face the Air 2 vs Pro 9.7 dilemma buying an iPad for my mom. The choice was between a $479 Air 2 64GB LTE (@$20/mo for 2 years) vs $729 Pro 9.7 128GB LTE (@$30/mo for 2 years). At a measly $10/mo, ultimately decided to get her the faster Pro with higher storage. That choice is paying off now since she started downloading a bunch of TV series from Netflix. :p
     
  21. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone. While I understand questions like mine are both personal and unanswerable for a number of reasons, I appreciate the thread responses.
     
  22. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about that… the iPad Air 2 is pretty fast. Probably around there, though.
    Yep, I'm sure that's exactly what they'll do. I think they went a bit too far with the iPhone 4S, though. iOS 9 looks too slow to me.
     
  23. Tsepz macrumors 68000

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    Don't underestimate that 3rd core in its SoC :) plus it has the same amount of RAM as the iPad Pro 9.7.

    I believe the iPad Air 2 will have a similar life as the iPad 2, where it will be one of the most supported iDevices, and will continue to work well.
     
  24. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I find this comment quite interesting as while the iPad 2 has been the longest supported iPad thus far, it's not one I'd want to use past iOS 7 (quite frankly, I'd probably just stick to iOS 6).

    Personally, I think the iPad Air 2 will have a longer useful life than the iPad 2.
     
  25. Vivian125 macrumors regular

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    I think iOS 11 will slow down the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPhone 6, and iPod Touch 6th generation by 25%
    Because iOS 11 is the 4th major update for the 2014/2015 Devices. Just like the iPhone 4S in iOS 8 the performance dramatically depleted. Like a turtle.
    You do know that extra RAM on the iPad Air 2 doesn't make a device FASTER, maybe for multitasking. In real word RAM has nothing to do with it.

    And also RUMORS said that APPLE will make iPhone 8 more powerful this september to be released. and because of that older device will have a big impact unlike the iOS 9, is used to fix the remaining bugs of iOS 8.
    Just like This:
    1. iPhone 7 almost par with iPhone 7S/8
    2. iPhone 6S, iPad Pro will become slightly slower at respectable level. (iPhone 6S will be next iPhone 4s in iOS 6)
    3. iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPhone 6 and iPod Touch 6th Generation is starting to go downhill. But reasonable.
    4. iPad Mini 3, iPad Air and iPhone 5S will be the SLOWEST like a turtle, as this Device also lacks sooooooo maaaaany features such an NFC, Apple Pay, Barometer, VOLTE, and etc.
     

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