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    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 10th Sep 17, 8:06 PM
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    Life of an iPad?
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    • 10th Sep 17, 8:06 PM
    Life of an iPad? 10th Sep 17 at 8:06 PM
    I have an iPad 2 64gb that is unscathed. Immaculate cosmetic condition. It's fully functional with no issues , the battery even lasts 3 days for me with a lot of use. I haven't thought of changing it but Now I have fibre broadband I haven't noticed a speed increase, I thought maybe it's my iPad that's the slow source and I'm wondering if I upgrade my iPad the internet speed will improve? i have had my iPad for 5 years. Would an upgrade be worth it, do iPads slow with age?
    I don't have many apps at all and store minimally.
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 10th Sep 17, 8:47 PM
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    Neil Jones
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    Probably not so much the iPad slows, though they do date from 2011, its more the apps get bigger and have to do more and the older units eventually just can't cope.

    You may not notice a great speed increase on the internet if the difference between what you were getting on ADSL and what you get now on Fibre is close. If you had, say over 8Mbps on ADSL then for the most part you won't notice much of a speed difference on Fibre than you would have if you were on, say, 1Mb ADSL before.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 10th Sep 17, 9:48 PM
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    The first thing I'd be looking at is the wi-fi signal.

    Do you have good signal strength? Are your neighbours using the same wireless channels as you?

    I don't know anything about iThings, but a quick google brought up these useful-sounding apps:

    There are apps to check your network speed, and to check for other wifi networks that may be causing interference, (especially if they're on the same channel), etc.


    Would performing a factory reset help speed up your device? It would wipe everything and leave you with a "fresh, clean" phone... but I don't know enough about how they work to know whether this would restore your phone's original performance (like, say, reinstalling Windows on a PC might).
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 11th Sep 17, 7:18 AM
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    I have spoken
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    Install the Speedtest app to check the connection.

    TBH on an iPad of that age, I wouldn't expect web surfing to speed up as the CPU is the limiting factor.
    • RG2015
    • By RG2015 11th Sep 17, 8:10 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:10 AM
    My old 2010 iPad 1, 16GB running iOS 5.1.1 does appear to be limited compared to my 2015 iPad Air 2, 16GB running iOS 10.3.3.

    Just now my speed test gave me 35 Mbps on the Air 2 but only 26Mbps on the old iPad. Before I got my Air 2 the old iPad was consistently 10 Mbps lower than my laptop.

    So my experience is that my old iPad does have some sort of limitation on internet speed.

    Edit: It does appear that the limiting factor is the processor as the increase is from 1GHz, 256 MB RAM to 1.5GHz, 2 GB RAM.
    Last edited by RG2015; 11-09-2017 at 8:29 AM.
    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 11th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
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    another casualty
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
    I've got an iPad 2 since 2011 .
    I found it getting slower and slower while browsing the internet.
    A few months ago , I got an iPad mini 4 and everything moves like it should . My iPad 2 has slowed with age also
    • justaquestion
    • By justaquestion 11th Sep 17, 1:41 PM
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    Is it generally better then to not upgrade the OS on a tablet either apple or android if everything is going well?
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 11th Sep 17, 1:52 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 1:52 PM
    Is it generally better then to not upgrade the OS on a tablet either apple or android if everything is going well?
    Originally posted by justaquestion
    Depends if other users have reported an update has bricked the iPad/tablet making it unuseable.

    If it works fine then maybe don't update it.
    • Smb3088
    • By Smb3088 11th Sep 17, 6:20 PM
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    It works ok, but sometimes freezes for a bit on the Internet , then wakes up. I'm not in the best area for wifi and it's seen with other neighbours too the slow speeds. My speed test said 7mbs upload. And download speed 36mbps. I know as laptops age they slow down and didn't know if iPads have a lifespan before things start to slow, despite them being kept well. My op system is always upgraded when available
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 11th Sep 17, 6:40 PM
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    download speed 36mbps

    More than adequate .

    If it was an Android that had slowed down i would be factory resetting and wiping all the junk . Presume you can do the same on Apple ??
    • Muscle750
    • By Muscle750 11th Sep 17, 7:52 PM
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    How mine hasnt got launched out the window i dont know when trying to type a search for example the it takes forever to actually see the letters displayed ive tried everything i think its had its day................bunk end of
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 11th Sep 17, 7:54 PM
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    Ipad 2 is an old generation processor, software is written for the current processor.

    No surprise older technology doesn't run new software as efficiently if at all.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 11th Sep 17, 8:08 PM
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    We live in a rural area with no mobile coverage at all, so WiFi is important to us. We have 2 Wileyfox phones, a laptop, a Hudl, a fairly new Lenovo 8" tablet and the desktop I am using to type this.

    All of those except the desktop, use WiFi and it is interesting how speeds vary between devices. Our FTTC router download is around 10.5 Mbps. The most powerful phone has 72 Mbps, the other phone and Lenovo 65Mbps, laptop 72 Mbps. The big surprise is that the older, supposedly simpler Hudl gets 115 Mbps when close to the Sky Hub, never less than 72 anywhere else in the house, or close by. The desktop has a powerful wireless card fitted for a 'failsafe' and will reach almost 300Mbps. Over a 20 metre Ethernet cable, it gets Gigabit.

    I fully expected the phones to have good speeds, but the Hudl still surprises me, so I use it now to download Kindle books and other stuff, as it does this much quicker than the Lenovo. Especially as I rebuilt the Hudl from 3 donor machines. I have located and bought another: Tesco made a very good product with the Hudl IMO. The ones that survived, will be the ones that last.
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
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