Will iPad 1 Get iOS 6 Update?

irDigital0l

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Every iOS device so far has gotten 2 major iOS updates before Apple stops supporting them.

The iPad 1 released with iOS 3.2 so would iOS 5 be the last major release after it went through iOS 4 and iOS 5.

It has the same A4 chip as the iPhone 4 but since the iPhone 4 was released later with iOS 4 that would be it would get iOS 6 support before it stops getting supported.
 

xxBURT0Nxx

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probably not...

original iPad has 256mb of ram, iPhone 4 has 512mb so apple will likely use it as a reason.

Plus you kind of answered your own question. Apple supports a product for two major updates (two years) after release.
 

APlotdevice

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probably not...

original iPad has 256mb of ram, iPhone 4 has 512mb so apple will likely use it as a reason.

Plus you kind of answered your own question. Apple supports a product for two major updates (two years) after release.
I should point out that the iPod touch also only has 256MB, but it launched with iOS 4. So the pattern suggests that it will get iOS 6.
 

TLewis

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I should point out that the iPod touch also only has 256MB, but it launched with iOS 4. So the pattern suggests that it will get iOS 6.
While anything's possible, the iPad 1 is unlikely to be supported. The biggest obstacle is probably the 256MB RAM (iPad 2 has 512MB and the iPad 3 has 1024MB).
 

Buildbright

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I hope it does not. I don't want to have a watered down os update because people don't want to buy new iPads.
 

MultiFinder17

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I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it did. As some have mentioned, the iPod touch runs an A4/256, just like the original iPad, and they're still selling those new in store. The iPad shipped in the latter days of iOS 3.x, and while it took them forever to get it up to 4.2, I still would not be at all surprised to see it get an update to 6.x.
 

qtx43

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As long as we're guessing I'll play. But I have two guesses. If the user-interface is similar, just a grid of icons, and random new features bolted on then it gets the new update, but not all the new features. But if the user-interface includes major changes such as tiled side-by-side apps, then no.
 

homeboy

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But if the user-interface includes major changes such as tiled side-by-side apps, then no.
This.

The lack of dual-core multitasking hardware will stand in the way of iOS 6availability if multitasking is at the core of a major OS overhaul.
 

applesith

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my iPad 1 had been running terribly with iOS5. Could barely mulitask and would randomly quick apps. It just doesn't have the RAM.

Yes the touch had 256 and supported an extra upgrade, but the iPad's larger screen and larger apps require more resources.

I hope Apple does not support iOS6 on iPad 1 - it would run terribly.
 

UrsaMajor

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The last couple iOS update run sluggishly. Like typing in a web address you don't see your letters immediately like it did when it was new. Safari of course crashes a lot more, but it's crashed on the iPad 3 for me, (tmz site always crashes).

I think it will get the update, but it will be the last one. Seems to be about 3 years of support then they drop it, like iphone or itouch.
 

Kainz

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As said, I can't see it happening. That paltry 256mb of ram can only stretch so far. My iPad 1 on iOS 5.1 is already sluggish in use.
 

noteple

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I sure hope so.

As the OS gets more modular we will lose more functionality since the older hardware just won't support it.

Might make it unusable but at least it will be my choice.
 

dagamer34

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It really depends on what the feature set is, but keep in mind that the iPod touch was not updated last year and also has the same 256MB as the iPad 1. It probably will get an update to iOS 6, but with a much more limited feature set.

So far, Apple has supported all of its hardware revisions with 3 years of software updates, so I see little reason for them to stop now.