Will iOS 5 Be supported on the iPad 1?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dmunjal, May 24, 2011.

  1. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    Given the amount of memory problems I'm having with 4.3.3 on my iPad 1, I wonder if it will even run 5.0 with only 256MB of RAM.
  2. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    I'm not having any problems?
  3. 87am macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    No memory problems here either? Is the OP jailbroken?
  5. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Yes, it will be supported. I'll be amazed/pissed off if it's not.
  6. Dmunjal thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    Yes, I'm JBed. Not too many apps installed but I notice a slowdown when I have too many apps open. Free memory usually runs less than 10MB frequently.
  7. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Like everyone else is saying it probably will, but we have no way of knowing until it is actually released.
  8. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    I would say it's almost guaranteed the original iPad will support iOS 5. If I remember correctly it states in the Terms and Conditions that devices will be supported for that firmware version as well as the next major update (i.e. started with 4, guaranteed to work with 5, after that it's up to them).

    As for problems, I don't have any. I'm JB'd on 4.3.3 and I find it just as fast and stable as 4.2.1. The memory is also something I've found isn't worth worrying about; if an app needs more memory some is freed up automatically. If I really want to see a higher number in the status bar then I just use the 'Free Up Memory' option in SBSettings.
  9. atk0506 macrumors newbie


    May 25, 2011

    You mention above that the iPad started with iOS 4. It actually started with iOS 3.
  10. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Available but not all features FULLY supported....
  11. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    I think that's the most likely scenario. iOS5 will probably be supported 80-90% of the way, but there may be one or two big graphical features that are exclusive to iPad 2.

    I think it's easy for people to forget the iPad 1st gen didn't even originally have multitasking in any shape or form! No double clicking of home button to bring up the task switcher. It's hard to imagine that now.
  12. hoanganh macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2011
    i think it will be fully supported. As Apple usually supports their product for 2 year, than, in the next year, i mean iOS6, it will partly supported!
  13. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    It's really hard to say.

    The iPhone 3GS hardware is similar in many ways to the iPad Version 1. The iPad does have a faster processor (although it's single core, like the 3GS). The RAM is the same, but the iPad has a faster graphics processor, so animations are smoother.

    If the limitation on iOS 5 for the 3GS is CPU speed, or "animation" speed, then I think the iPad version 1 has a good chance at getting iOS 5.

    If the limitation on iOS 5 for the 3GS is RAM, then I'm afraid the iPad probably will cap out with iOS 4, which would be a shame.

    As others have pointed out, sometimes Apple will have partial support for an older product. For example, allowing iOS 5 to run on iPad version 1, but with some key features (voice input? 3d display? split screen iPhone Apps? :D) disabled.

    We'll probably find out in a few weeks at WWDC 2011.
  14. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yes, but the iPad was then updated and sold with iOS 4.2 pre-installed.

    iPad is the same hardware as the iPod touch 4G but with the A4 clocked faster. It should run iOS 5 just fine.

    I think iOS 5 will see the end of support on all non-Apple-branded processor devices. So the 3G iPod touch and iPhone 3GS get the boot.
  15. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    I don't know!

  16. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    iPad 1? When was that?
  17. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    Presumably a majority of those sold after 22 November 2010. Apple went so far as to change the iPad's packaging to reflect iOS 4.2 instead of iPhone OS 3.
  18. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    As soon as iOS 4.x was release for the iPad 1 last year, all subsequent iPads will have been built with iOS 4.x on them
  19. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    The current iPod touch is essentially the same specs as the iPad 1. I would expect the iPod line to support iOS5, so it would make sense for the iPad1 to as well.
  20. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    iPad 1 will most likely be supported with iOS5.

    Reason: iPod (4th generation) with A4 processor and same 256MB RAM would need to be supported with iOS5 since Apple tends to give at least 2 years of software support for their iOS devices.
  21. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Very soon after 4.2 launched. Product codes didn't change but the image on the box changed from the starry night lake scene to the ugly water drop picture that Steve thinks is cool.
  22. jonhcox macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    North Carolina
    True. I hate that picture too. I will eat seriously fat crow if I am wrong, but I don't see how the 1st Gen iPad wouldn't get iOS 5. Mine was made in December of last year, so I highly doubt it would be end-of-life on the update timeframe because it is only 5 months old. The 3GS yes, as the phone is 2 years old. I wouldn't expect mine to run iOS 6, but by then I will have passed my current one to one of my parents and upgraded to the iPad 3.
  23. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I just want to point out that the plans for iOS on the 3GS are just a rumor. Given that the 3GS is still being sold, and that it compares fairly very to the specs on the current iPod touch, I would be surprised I'd iOS5 is not made available for the 3GS. However it may not include the full feature set...

    The iPhone 3G was dropped for very practical reasons. Continuing to support that little RAM was hindering the development of of the platform. So long as any 256GB devices are supported, the 3GS will remain capable enough for the upgrade.
  24. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    Free RAM isn't really a useful measure on modern OSs as they all try to fill it up as much as possible. A much more useful measure on iOS would be to look at how much data is being transferred from flash. This would reflect how often iOS has had to dump data from memory and subsequently reload it. My bet is that this would be lower on average on an iPad2 because of the extra RAM it has.
  25. REM314 macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    I hope Apple makes multiple versions of the OS optimized for the individual devices. The OS for the iPad 2 shouldn't be held back by the iPod Touch.

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