Worth upgrading iPad Pro 9.7 to iOS 12?

clukas

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Currently running iOS 10.3.3. Skipped iOS 11 due to performance slow down on the iPad. With the improved focus on speed and performance is it worth upgrading the iPad Pro 9.7 to iOS 12? I'd run one of the betas but there's no way to restore back to iOS 10.3. Anyone done this move recently or running on an iPad Pro 9.8?
 

saudor

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not an ipad pro, but 12 runs great on my slower Air 2. The new app switcher/dock/multi tasking was a huge step up for me and even endured the laggy iOS11 for that - so much easier to just drag stuff out of the dock
 
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Currently running iOS 10.3.3. Skipped iOS 11 due to performance slow down on the iPad. With the improved focus on speed and performance is it worth upgrading the iPad Pro 9.7 to iOS 12? I'd run one of the betas but there's no way to restore back to iOS 10.3. Anyone done this move recently or running on an iPad Pro 9.8?
iPad 9.7 isn’t a Pro. The Pro is the 10.5 and 12.9 models. Latest beta of iOS 12 runs great on the 9.7 Air 2 no where near the issues 11 was. 12 also runs great on the 2017 10.5 & 12.9 iPads. I’ve yet to try it on the iPhone X. Will wait for the GM version on Wednesday for that but I don’t see a problem with it handling it.
 

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iPad 9.7 isn’t a Pro. The Pro is the 10.5 and 12.9 models. Latest beta of iOS 12 runs great on the 9.7 Air 2 no where near the issues 11 was. 12 also runs great on the 2017 10.5 & 12.9 iPads. I’ve yet to try it on the iPhone X. Will wait for the GM version on Wednesday for that but I don’t see a problem with it handling it.
There is indeed an iPad Pro 9.7. It’s a 2015 model. But, to answer the OP’s question... yes it’s definitely worth upgrading.
 

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iPad 9.7 isn’t a Pro. The Pro is the 10.5 and 12.9 models. Latest beta of iOS 12 runs great on the 9.7 Air 2 no where near the issues 11 was. 12 also runs great on the 2017 10.5 & 12.9 iPads. I’ve yet to try it on the iPhone X. Will wait for the GM version on Wednesday for that but I don’t see a problem with it handling it.
There is a 9.7 iPad pro... If an Air2 runs well on iOS12, the 9.7 pro will run better..
 

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I have an iPad Pro 9.7 running the public beta and it works great. Practically like new in terms of performance. My only qualm is that for the older “Home Button” ipads, the should not have the home gesture from the iPhone X. Use the five finger pinch like it was intended.
 
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Currently running iOS 10.3.3. Skipped iOS 11 due to performance slow down on the iPad. With the improved focus on speed and performance is it worth upgrading the iPad Pro 9.7 to iOS 12? I'd run one of the betas but there's no way to restore back to iOS 10.3. Anyone done this move recently or running on an iPad Pro 9.8?
I've been running IOS 12 PB on my 9.7 Pro for ~2 months and i love it. Performance is leaps better than it ever was on IOS 11. Havent run into any major issues, only thing is on a few occasions battery life has been poor leaving me to restart/soft reset to get it resolved.

But at this point i would just wait until IOS 12 goes public, which should happen within a week instead of starting to enroll in beta this late in the game.
 
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lah

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Runs great on my 9.7 iPad Pro. Actually fixed some of the battery issues I had with 11.
 
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I have an iPad Pro 9.7 running the public beta and it works great. Practically like new in terms of performance. My only qualm is that for the older “Home Button” ipads, the should not have the home gesture from the iPhone X. Use the five finger pinch like it was intended.
Agree with this. People seem happy with performance, but would you like the control center gestures? In my opinion, Apple botched it there. It makes absolutely no sense to introduce those gestures with a non-X screen. I'd rather have the standard gestures.
Even more so considering you are on a stable version. Mine is on 9.3.4
 

digitalexplr

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iPad 9.7 isn’t a Pro. The Pro is the 10.5 and 12.9 models. Latest beta of iOS 12 runs great on the 9.7 Air 2 no where near the issues 11 was. 12 also runs great on the 2017 10.5 & 12.9 iPads. I’ve yet to try it on the iPhone X. Will wait for the GM version on Wednesday for that but I don’t see a problem with it handling it.
With all due respect, there is an iPP 9.7 Pro. It was released in 2016. I have one. BTW it has been running iOS 12 since beta 1.
 
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As you and I both know, 10 runs better than 11 on near any device. The answers above refer to iOS 11, not what you asked.

Hearsay as its my GF but her iPhone 6 ran better on 10 than the current 12 beta. There's a thread with a comment supporting this as well. My SE remains on 10. Glad I passed on 11 and will let the early adopters flesh out the reality of 12. The good news tends to be highly skewed by people on 11. I don't see much, if any, good news from 10 users.
 
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gwhizkids

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Sub-posting here, but some people just need to leave iOS. I don't know why they stick around if its so awful.
 

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As you and I both know, 10 runs better than 11 on near any device. The answers above refer to iOS 11, not what you asked.

Hearsay as its my GF but her iPhone 6 ran better on 10 than the current 12 beta. There's a thread with a comment supporting this as well. My SE remains on 10. Glad I passed on 11 and will let the early adopters flesh out the reality of 12. The good news tends to be highly skewed by people on 11. I don't see much, if any, good news from 10 users.
I remember iOS10, 12 is still an improvement.
 
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FeliApple

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Sub-posting here, but some people just need to leave iOS. I don't know why they stick around if its so awful.
Its not that it's awful. I like iOS a lot. It's just that I feel updates aren't worth it. I really like iOS... in its original version.
 

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Agree with this. People seem happy with performance, but would you like the control center gestures? In my opinion, Apple botched it there. It makes absolutely no sense to introduce those gestures with a non-X screen. I'd rather have the standard gestures.
Even more so considering you are on a stable version. Mine is on 9.3.4
The control center gesture doesn’t bother me as much as the home gesture. When I want to pull an app from my dock I’m used to flicking it up quick. With iOS 12, you have to slowly and gently pull it up or you will close your app. That to me is a little too finicky.
 

saudor

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The control center gesture doesn’t bother me as much as the home gesture. When I want to pull an app from my dock I’m used to flicking it up quick. With iOS 12, you have to slowly and gently pull it up or you will close your app. That to me is a little too finicky.
you can still pull it up fast. Just before you let go, hold/pause for a tiny bit and it should work.
 

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I have an iPad Pro 12.9 2017 and it’s on iOS 10.3.3. iOS 12 isn’t as fast as iOS 10.3.3 and battery life isnt as good. You also lose the dual split screen widgets in landscape orientation. Keep it on iOS 10.
 
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FeliApple

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Yes. It was awesome before cut and paste!

Well, to each their own!
Didn't mean iOS 1. Yes, older devices - with my approach - might be obsolete sooner, but at least they work properly. Updated devices... Not so much. Anyway, this has been discussed profoundly in the iOS 12 and planned obsolescence thread, I didn't mean to divert the attention from the main issue.
 
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Didn't mean iOS 1. Yes, older devices - with my approach - might be obsolete sooner, but at least they work properly. Updated devices... Not so much. Anyway, this has been discussed profoundly in the iOS 12 and planned obsolescence thread, I didn't mean to divert the attention from the main issue.
Right because iOS 12 having compatibility with devices ranging from 2013 to 2018 is such planned obsolescence. Last time I checked iPhone 5s were running amazing on iOS 12.
 

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I have an iPad Pro 12.9 2017 and it’s on iOS 10.3.3. iOS 12 isn’t as fast as iOS 10.3.3 and battery life isnt as good. You also lose the dual split screen widgets in landscape orientation. Keep it on iOS 10.
Do you have Apple Care? I went in to have a mine replaced for a cosmetic issue and the battery was already at 80% after 12 months o_O so they swapped it for free. Also for both of our sanities please do a restore when iOS 12 releases to public. I’m going to assume your multiple betas have built up some extra things that may not be reflective of the 12.0 release.
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I didn't say that it's planned obsolescence.
Well you hinted at it pretty blatantly so I didn’t know. I do know Apple recognized the mess that was iOS 11 and has seemingly done a 180 on their software development strategy to provide faster performance and less bugs overall and that’s certainly appreciated in my book.
 
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