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Is it advisable to stay on an older IOS version?

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Oct 21, 2013 1:56 PM

I recently received an Ipad 2 as a gift and it was installed with IOS version 6.0 out of the box. Now, in the software update page, 7.0.2 is listed as paused with a button to resume download. Since so many people in these forums and elsewhere complain of problems with the latest version, especially with older generation devices like Ipad 2, I don't want to update and be stuck with 7. So my question is this: if I continue running 6.0, is it likely I would run into problems? For example, are there are any security risks or app incompatibilities?


Thank you for your patience and as I am new to iPads, your help would be very valuable.

iPad 2, iOS 6
  • Steve Nicholls Level 4 Level 4 (1,420 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 2:04 PM (in response to tim-r)

    Hi Tim,


    It's unlikely you'll run in to any security vunerabilities, in fact you're more likely to experience Apps which may no longer be supported with the current version of iOS you're using than any security vunerabilities.


    If you aren't sure if iOS 7 is for you perhaps it may be worth visiting your local Apple Store who will have iOS 7 installed on their devices so you can see it for yourself as it's very much a matter of personal choice at present - remember upgrades aren't mandatory, they're up to you at the end of the day.







  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,660 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to tim-r)

    I agree with what Steve has said. There is no reason to upgrade if you don't feel comfortable in upgrading. If the iPad 2 works for you as is and suits your needs as is, then don't upgrade. Security issues should be the least of your concerns with an iOS device.


    At some point, the apps that you use and come to rely on may be updated and may only work with iOS 7 - or you may need to update to iOS 7 in order to take full advantage of all of the app's features, but for now, just get comfortable using the iPad. Feel your way around the device. There is certainly no need to hurry up and update if you don't want to do so.


    A trip to an Apple Store or any authorized Apple products reseller would be a great idea. Fiddle around with their devices that will be running iOS 7. That will give you a much better idea of what to expect and how iOS 7 works than anything that you could ever read here or on a website,

  • Steve Nicholls Level 4 Level 4 (1,420 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 2:43 PM (in response to tim-r)

    No problems Tim if you need to know anything the guys here are very good. Unfortunately you don't get any points for solving your own questions though

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,195 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to tim-r)

    I'm still using iOS 6.1.3 on my iPad 2 with no problems. I'm waiting until iOS 7.1 is released as most "bugs" should be fixed.


     Cheers, Tom


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