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Topic # 188978 12-Dec-2015 11:29
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Hoping someone can give me some advice regarding my older iPad2 (32GBG model and has the bigger connector, not the lightning connector, so can't run Siri etc) and iOS versions.

My iPad2 still uses iOS 6.1.3 (not jail broken or anything) but increasingly I find new apps need at least iOS7. I can't upgrade to iOS7 (which I believe would work fine on this model) as the next step is to install iOS 8.4.1.

I constantly read a mix of results from people having upgraded to iOS8, and the general consensus is that iOS8 is problematic on the iPad2. The latest version iOS8.4.1 seems to have addresses some of those issues but my question is - should I upgrade as it is a one way step - I can't go back once done. And once I have iOS8.4.1 on my machine, will I be offered a further upgrade to iOS9? And if so, should I upgrade to iOS9?

So, I am in a dilemma - I want to be able to install and play with newer apps, but cant without upgrading, and if I upgrade, then my machine might be unbearable awful.
I am a very light user, just play about with different apps, but the main use is web browsing, streaming videos from the Internet, Skype, and reading the NZHerald app. I want to put Chromecast on the iPad so as to be able to see the screen and sound duplicated on my TV, but need at least iOS7 to do this.

Has anyone upgraded an older iPad2 to iOS 8.4.1 or iOS9 and how did your machine perform? Do you regret upgrading?

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  Reply # 1449135 12-Dec-2015 11:49
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I have an old 16GB iPad2 wifi which i have iOS9.1 on and its been running fine, though my 3 year old is the main user and it really only has games things for him on it.

Battery life has been pretty good but we dont use it all day every day so cant really say how long we get.

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  Reply # 1449137 12-Dec-2015 11:51
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8.4.1 is probably cached somewhere but will likely fail to install; you'll need to go to either 9.1 or 9.2. As I don't own an iPad I can't comment on the performance.


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  Reply # 1449147 12-Dec-2015 12:11
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Upgrade and move up. You're risking obsolete on iOS 6.x.

I have iPad 2 with iOS9.1 and it does lack in some performance but it's better to be able to run apps than stuck in old OS version and left behind by the apps.

Reality is, iPad 2 is on its last leg.

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  Reply # 1449153 12-Dec-2015 12:35
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perf will suck on iOS8

its not quite so bad on v9

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  Reply # 1449156 12-Dec-2015 12:39
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You have really have no option but to upgrade for it to remain usable in the future. It is slower with ios 9, but still usable enough. But probably time, after nearly 5 years to get an iPad air or air 2.

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  Reply # 1449169 12-Dec-2015 13:25
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We have kept ours up to date all the way through.  You will likely have to go straight onto 9.2, which I think runs just fine considering the hardware is getting quite old and wouldn't be considered sprightly any more even with older software. 

Bottom line is you are running obsolete software so any new apps or new features won't be available for you.  Don't bother trying to get onto 8.  That was a dog.



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  Reply # 1449378 12-Dec-2015 20:42
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OK... I took the plunge...

And I am happy - so far.

Upgraded to iOS8.4.1, and the iPad2 seems fine. Not quite as smooth as with iOS6 but quite acceptable. So far all good. Nothing like the doom and gloom that I read about on the Internet.

It is now offering me a further upgrade to iOS9.2, which I will probably do as what I have read so far indications this is a little better than the current iOS8.4.1. Will wait a day or two first however.

Thanks everyone for your kind feedback.

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