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should i upgrade to iOS 7 (ipad2)

01-09-2014, 10:48 PM
#1
should i upgrade to iOS 7 (ipad2)

i'm sure there is another thread with this discussion, but i can't find it.

on ipad 2. really want to play colossatron and hoplite, and i'm worried FTL will be OS 7 only, too. but it really seems to make the ipad 2 strictly worse. thoughts?
01-10-2014, 09:06 AM
#2
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Michigan, USA
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I put iOS 7 on my ipad mini and it seems fine. In the short term I would do it for sure but long term you'd probably want to look into upgrading your device.

01-11-2014, 02:40 AM
#3
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Originally Posted by onebigdoor View Post
i'm sure there is another thread with this discussion, but i can't find it.

on ipad 2. really want to play colossatron and hoplite, and i'm worried FTL will be OS 7 only, too. but it really seems to make the ipad 2 strictly worse. thoughts?
I updated ipad 2 with ios7 and I got no issues with performances. Really, believe me, ipad 3 with ios7 is crap due to retina display, ipad2 runs very smooth instead.
If you'll experience slowdowns, you probably havent initialized and restored from backup. I advice to do this every time you do a major upgrade, start always clean.

If your concerns are about esthetic and design (so white!), I cant be wrong with you, even if I really love some new features like control center and notifications.
However ios 7.1 (will be released next month) should fix this white chamber feeling, making all gui darker and introducing grassetto as default.

Should you update with ipad2? My advice is.... Yes. Dont hesitate
01-11-2014, 05:00 AM
#4
Just make sure that those older apps you use actually work on iOS 7 before installing it. I had to switch browsers as Atomic Browser became a crash fest under iOS 7.

Other apps also experience crashing but will usually be resolved by patching.
01-11-2014, 03:54 PM
#5
thanks for the replies, guys.

my main concerns are general slow down, and battery life. i've heard battery life is cut by about 2hrs. i don't really care if cold boot time is a coulple seconds longer, but if everything takes a bit longer, it could really be a drag.

and naturally, i'd love to upgrade my device, but these puppies are 'spensive!
01-11-2014, 04:02 PM
#6
if i go for it and initialize my device, what is the procedure?

i assume i plug the ipad into my mac so it does a complete backup, then i initialize and drag back the apps i want on there?

scares me to potentially lose info in any apps. and also seems awfully tedious to re-install the many many apps.

if anyone who has done it can hold my hand, i'd really appreciate it.
01-11-2014, 04:27 PM
#7
What I did with my mini (which works fine) is plug into laptop, back up, then uodate, I didn't have to reinstall any apps, they were all still there. Make sure your iPad has a full charge before you start as it can take a while.

I was shitting myself when I went to ios7 and at first I hated it, but now when I see ios6 on my kids iPad it looks so old.
01-11-2014, 08:10 PM
#8
Personally I would say NO.

Yes I'm biased and I upgraded my ipad 2 to iOS 7 to find out that I hated it, of course you cannot undo the update so I'm stuck with iOS 7 even though I dislike it and it's 'fisher price' icons.

Stay as you are, don't update.

Last iOS game I bought: 6/1/15
01-11-2014, 08:46 PM
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by onebigdoor View Post
thanks for the replies, guys.

my main concerns are general slow down, and battery life. i've heard battery life is cut by about 2hrs. i don't really care if cold boot time is a coulple seconds longer, but if everything takes a bit longer, it could really be a drag.

and naturally, i'd love to upgrade my device, but these puppies are 'spensive!
iOS 7 did not perceivably affect the battery life on my iPad 2.
01-12-2014, 05:16 AM
#10
Performances are good as before, maybe boot time and shutdown increased but when you ll use it you wont notice differences. Believe me.
Battery last shorter but I m speaking of minutes, not hours. Maybe you wont notice that, however.
App Support is reaLly good, I run also apps like imame, gridlee, who havent received ios7 update, so dont worry. Now quite all apps are updated and bugs fixed so is difficult to experience bugs due to ios7.

So, if these are your concerns, dont worry, update!
Graphic taste of ios7 is another story...

I advice you to follow this procedure:
from ios6 to ios7
1) itunes backup
Link your ipad with IOS6 to your mac/pc and open itunes
Right click on your ipad and click on backup (I also like to transfer purchased items on my pc)
Unlink ipad from your pc/mac

2) icloud backup (optional)
Check icloud setting on your ipad and do a backup with icloud (only to stay safe in case your pc will blow in the net few minutes)

3) Ok, now update.

ios7 -> initialize your device
4) At this point, when your ipad got IOS7, repeat point 1 (and 2, if you want to be really safe).

5) initialize your device from settings on your ipad (should be in general menu, last option) and when asked, restore from itunes.
If you should face some problem you can restore also from the icloud one.

Enjoy your device.