IOS 7 Performance iPad 2
I'm also an owner of an iPad 2. I have been testing the last few versions of IOS 7 beta, currently on beta 5. With each passing beta version of IOS 7 the performance on the iPad 2 improves but is not quite at the level of IOS 6. From what I understand Apple intends to release a beta 6 and then eventually will release the "Gold Master" version of the IOS before releasing the final product. If they maintain their current trajectory of improvements I fully expect IOS 7 to perform well on the iPad 2 when all is said and done. With that being said I would certainly wait a bit after the finished IOS 7 is released for public consumption in order to see what people have to say about their experiences. It won't be long before the iPad 2 is long in the tooth so I suspect on Apple's list of devices to worry about it's only a step above the iPhone 4; at least in terms of programming time to get the best IOS performance on the device. If there is a cool feature they want to see in IOS7 for the iphone 5, and eventual 5S that might contain code that slows the iPad 2 (even if the feature isn't available on the device), I can't imagine Apple would eliminate it if they end up under at time crunch of some sort. I'll try to remember to post back here when Apple releases the next beta (I think next week) and try to report on the iPad 2 performance changes.
Quick update... been testing IOS 7 beta 6 for about a day now and it is sooooo very close to the performance of IOS 6. I'm confident that the final version, only one more beta away I believe, will be as fast if not faster thatn IOS 6 on the iPad 2.
Curious as to whether the performance you are seeing is measured with a software tool or seat of the pants.
Originally Posted by Tommyweather
Sadly it's more seat of my pants right now. I've extensively been using beta 6 since it came out. I ran a benchmarking app for ios 7 beta 5 and the results were lower than I expected, I didn't take note of them or anything because it as more curiosity than a true investigation of things,
Originally Posted by Blue92
While it is noticeably more smooth than the previous betas, beta 6 isn't up to snuff yet. iOS 6 is far superior still. In fact iPad beta of ios7 seems to be way behind that of the iPhone at this point. I tend to believe the rumors that the iPad release of the iOS 7 will be delayed just based on my experiences thus far. I am hearing an iOS 7 gold master release with the new iPhone and the gold master for the iPad released a few weeks later. I truly hope they get things right for the iPad before releasing it. Apple is so damn secretive so it is hard to tell how many more betas there will be at this point.
I am sure a lot of the quirks are app related and them not being fully updated for iOS7. Still it feels like iOS 7 on the iPad 2 at least is still a few steps behind iOS 7 for iPhone and a few more steps still from iOS 6