The iPad 2 has the same hardware as the iPad mini - and the 4S has the same hardware that the iPod touch 5 does so if the mini 1 and the touch 5 can support it the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S should be able to run it as well.I think Ipad 2 is done . It received 4 major updates.Iphone 4s wont get it for sure... and the 1 gen Ipad Mini... IOS 9- Ipad 3 and later, Iphone 5 and later
As awesome as it would be, as you say it's highly unlikely. I'll be happy if they just support the current ios 8 devices.The rumors have been pointing to iOS 9 running on all current iOS 8 devices, especially considering the iPad mini with the A5 processor is still for sale.
The rumors suggest speed improvements and optimizations so that it will continue to run well and run even BETTER with reduced lag and reduced overhead RAM usage on all 512MB RAM devices.
That means the following devices which run iOS 8 will then likely run iOS 9, but BETTER than their current iOS 8 counterparts with various optimizations:
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5/5c/5S
- iPhone 6/6 Plus
- iPod touch 5th Gen
- iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2
- iPad mini 1/2/3
- Apple TV (latest generation)
If iOS 9 is tweaked enough that it can improve upon the performance of 8, and maybe even surpass it: it is possible but highly doubtful the following devices would receive the update:
- iPhone 4 (512MB RAM)
- Apple TV (2nd Generation / 3rd Generation Possible)
- iPod touch 4th Gen (only if OS is tweaked to iOS 6 levels of performance)
- iPhone 3GS (only if OS is tweaked to iOS 6 levels of performance)
IF Apple is desperate to get rid of the "ways of the past" and get every device on a tweaked release, we could be VERY doubtful see it on:
- iPad 1 (provided iOS 6 levels of performance, or iOS 5 levels even are reached)
- iPod touch 3rd Gen (provided iOS 6, or iOS 5 levels are even reached)
4. The gap between new and old hardware is narrowing so iPhone 5 may do well.1. Software developers do not focus on old hardware when they make changes.
2. Software developers will always choose new features over supporting old hardware.
3. Your phone is not "slowing down", it is doing more than before at the same pace.
Did you say iPad 1??? I have two of them. Let me tell you, it's incredibly slow and crashes routinely due to the lack of RAM. The iPad 1 wouldn't be able to handle any of the latest iterations of iOS.Even though I HATE Apple and plan on going back to Android as soon as symmetric USB arrives on the Xperia, if they actually put iOS9 on iPad1, even though I don't have an iPad, such a move would make me a fan forever and I'd stick with Apple. They won't do it though.
Basically this.Maybe, Maybe not. iOS 8 on the iphone 5 is much better than iOS 7 was on the 4S and what iOS 6 was like on the iPhone 4. Its doing pretty well for its 2nd update. I'd say the trend will continue, as the iOS 8 on the 4S is better than iOS 7 on the 4.
In addition to that, if it is a stability/ performance fix, i'd say performance will actually stay the same as iOS 8 or improve.
There's no way Apple would update older devices like that.If iOS 9 is tweaked enough that it can improve upon the performance of 8, and maybe even surpass it: it is possible but highly doubtful the following devices would receive the update:
While I can see there are negatives to A5 support, I'm hoping for itEven if it is a performance update, dropping A5 devices may happen anyway. It would make less devices to develop for and to make sure are in check. Could very well speed up the bug fixing and performance enhancements as a result. The gap from current iPhones to iPhone 5 isn't that much while current iPhones to iPhone 4S is. It just adds more stress to the project, but on the other hand, it could push for them to make more enhancements, improving newer devices even further. Not sure. As you can tell, I'm on the fence about this idea because I sort of spoke in a big circle