Will iOS 8.3 be workable for iPad 3?

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  1. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502

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    Hi Folks,

    I still have my trusty iPad 3 and I am very happy with it so far. I have 7.1.2 on it and it works good for me. I have been reluctant to install the iOS 8 so far.

    However, I would love to know if you would install the newest iOS 8.3, once it hits the street. Should I do it and risk to slow my iPad3 down significantly, or do you think the benefits outweigh the risk ??

    I am sure curious, what other fellow iPad3 owners may advise me..

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  2. iPhone20 macrumors regular

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    iOS 8.2 beta 3 works perfectly for me on 4S. :) I know Apple will make it to 7.1 level by 1 or 2 beta. And 8.3 will be much much better. Though i think iPad iOS needs some more work than iPhones. But by 8.3 it will run great on iPad 3. :)

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  3. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    Well, if 8.2 beta is available for iPad 3 now then it's almost certain 8.3 will to. (given that there is a 8.3 coming - as only Macrumors have mentioned it, as some Apple employees must have been visiting the site using it)
     
  4. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    Unless there's some improvements you simply must have, I wouldn't bet on it. The iPad 3 got retinized too early for the specs to follow. It was underpowered from the beginning and I'm amazed to see some people stick to it for this long.
     
  5. sanke1 macrumors 65816

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    Keep it on 7.1.2. You will get 1 year more out of it.
     
  6. marvz macrumors 6502a

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    Of course it will. If the 8.0 release was available every following 8.x.x release will be.

    Anyway, he wasn't asking about availability - 8.3, or if you meant 8.1.3 since 8.3 isn't released anytime soon, will not make iOS 8 much better on older devices.
     
  7. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    I think he meant 8.1.3 - there is no news on 8.3 yet apart from what I said. 8.1.3 will be bug fixes so u cannot say how good or bad it will be on iPad 3 or other A5 based devices.
     
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Well, I have iOS 8.1.2 on my iPad 3 and it works fine, it's just slow at loading or switching Apps. Once your App. is loaded, it runs just fine.

    The slowness did aggravate me so I don't really use it anymore, I use my iPad Air 2.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have left it on iOS 7.x.x. It was much snappier.
     
  9. sbailey4 macrumors 68030

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    Oh will it now. What else with 8.3 have in it? When will it be available? How is the testing going so far? Will it double the battery life? Looking forward to it!
     
  10. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    It will include software improvements, bug fixes, and an iPad split screen feature.
    It will be released alongside the iPad pro, late in 2Q15.
    Apple has been testing it for a while.
    This remains to be seen, but an increase of that magnitude seems highly unlikely.
    So am I.
     
  11. Tmelon macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad Pro will likely launch in the fall with iOS 9 and split screen apps. With iOS 8.2 still more than a month from release and iOS 9 likely beginning testing in June, I doubt 8.3 will ever see the light of day.
     
  12. sbailey4 macrumors 68030

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    lol so "Web server analytics indicate Apple is currently actively testing iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3." is your evidence of all those points? Or do you have other supporting evidence to those bullet points?
     
  13. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    You may be right, looks like iOS 8.3 testing has declined. iOS 8.3 features may be merged with iOS 9.

     
  14. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily. iPhone 3G was supported through 4.2.1 (the final version of the 4.2 update) while the final version of iOS 4 released was 4.3.4 (4.3.5 on iPad 2 and 4.2.7 on CDMA iPhone 4).
     
  15. shotts56 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with that. Don't get me wrong, my iPad 3 still works on iOS 8, but it is very very slow compared to what it used to be like. I wish I had left it on iOS 7, or had the option to downgrade.

    Upgrading to iOS8 has changed a device which was creaking at the seams only slightly, to one which is now very much approaching the end of its life.

    I guess I'm just going to have to go out and buy a newer device when I have a little spare cash, which I guess is the whole point of planned obsolescence.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    8.2 hasn't hit the streets yet, never mind 8.3. Who knows what it may or may not do
     
  17. iRoRo macrumors regular

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    Can someone tell me who will win the 2018 world cup and how much I should wager on it? :rolleyes:

    OP has not replied to clarify whether it is in fact 8.1.3 or 8.3 :D
     
  18. AlexMaximus, Jan 26, 2015
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    8.1.3

    Thank you very much, and to everyone that replied with his/her experience with iOS 8 on iPad3. I indeed did mean 8.1.3.

    For time being, I decided to leave it on 7.1.2. because I did not experience any negative situations on the old iOS7. I could not find any tangible features that would justify an upgrade.
    However on the long run, iOS8 it would lengthen the live cycle for this device for a significant margin, which is the motivation for this thread.

    Update:
    Since Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 today, did anybody experience any performance improvements on his iPad3 compared to older versions of the iOS8 versions ?
     

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