iPad Mini 1 upgraded to iOS 9 - will it slow down?

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  1. colbo

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    Hello,
    Thanks for the forums, I am a newcomer.

    I have recieved an iPad Mini 1 16G (not retina screen) a few years ago.
    A very useful device !!!! for so many pro reasons (mail, net, apps etc).
    And I am very satisfied with it.

    It is now on iOS 8.3

    I wish to upgrade it to iOS 9 but afraid of experiencing lagging/slowing down.

    Your advises will be precious.
    Thank you,
    Colbo
     
  2. giradman

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    Hello Colbo - welcome to the forum! :) I saw your post this morning and coming on late in the afternoon, I see no one has responded - hesitated earlier - I have an iPad Air 2 & wife a Mini 4, so was hoping that an owner of the earlier Mini who has made the upgrade to iOS 9.x would respond - I'm sure that a 'search' in the forum might bring up some hits?

    First, the original iPad Mini was released in late 2012 and is getting 'long in the tooth', i.e. the hardware technology is old, and would not be able to take advantage of some of the great features in iOS 9; also, your device cannot be upgraded to iOS 10 which will be released shortly (see image below). Second, please review iOS 9 Performance on iPhone 4s & iPad Mini which discusses the 'pros & cons' of this OS upgrade for your device.

    You probably should start saving for a newer iDevice because your 'fears' may become a reality w/o a way to return to the older iOS. Dave

    P.S. are you making iTunes and/or iCloud backups of your iPad Mini? If not, do so before attempting this upgrade if that is the path your choose?
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  3. colbo

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    Hey Giradman,

    Thank you for taking the time for this rich response!

    Colbo


     
  4. giradman

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    Hi Colbo - no problem; so, what are you going to do, i.e. 'sit tight' or upgrade? Just curious. Dave :)
     
  5. colbo

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    Hi Dave,
    I'll probably keep the current iOS and plan on purchasing another iDevice in the future.
    Thanks.

     
  6. Elizellen

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    I have a Mini 1 and was intending not to update the IOS for fear of having problems due to the old hardware.
    However, though I am sure I have always told it not to upgrade, I must have clicked awry a few days ago as it now is on IOS 9.3.5!!

    I have not noticed any problems yet apart from it demanding a passcode on opening up (I usually turn this off if not taking it out and about which now I have a smart phone I tend not to do except when on holiday) which won't tale a minute to "correct".

    But I only use it for reading books, emailing, web browsing and listening to audio books so I don't know how any games or other apps would react to the change.
     
  7. Thomas1977

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    The ipad Mini 2 like I have will support ios 10.2 and works quite well with it. I would not attempt it with anything older then a mini 2.
     
  8. scifan57

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    You'll have to try the various apps and games you use to see how it performs. Different users report quite different behaviour and performance on the same device running the same iOS version.
     
  9. speedlever

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    I would not recommend updating your mini1 past iOS 9.3.x.

    I upgraded my mini/2 retina to iOS 10.x and could immediately tell it was struggling. Especially with game playing. To the best of my knowledge, you have to upgrade to stay on top of the security updates. So it's kind of a double edged sword.
     
  10. J. A.

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    It's not possible to update the iPad mini 1 past iOS 9.3.5. Due to hardware limitations, it doesn't receive iOS 10x.
     

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