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yatri0558 Level 1 (0 points)

My iPAD 1 with ios 5.1.1 is crashing all the time and apps keep closing and going back to the home screen. My ipad1 is equipped with full 64GB!

This happens with all apps and is random.


Is this a memory problem or IOS issue or what! It was much more stable before and a pleasure now the iPAD is unusable! Is this yet another trick to make users buy the newer systems?


So what is wrong?

Thanks for your support

Best Regards

iPad, iOS 5.1.1, Ipad1
  • Diavonex Level 9 (66,550 points)

    1. Close all inactive apps in the Task Bar. Double-click the Home button and hold apps down for a second or two. Tap the minus sign to close app.


    2. Hold the Sleep and Home button down for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple Logo.

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    yatri0558 wrote:


    My iPAD 1 with ios 5.1.1 is crashing all the time and apps keep closing and going back to the home screen....


    Try This...


    Close All Open Apps...  Perform a Reset... Try again...


    Reset  ( No Data will be Lost )


    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears. Release the Buttons.




    If no joy...


    Connect to iTunes on the computer you usually Sync with and “ Restore “...




    Also consider Deleting any Apps you have Purchased / Downloaded but you now never use..

  • Wayneap Level 1 (10 points)

    I have noticed this since the last iOS update too particularly with memory hungry Apps. Resetting or closing down active Apps has no effect. I suspect it has something to do with the iPad 1's lesser powered processor aswell as memory allocation. Additionally although there have been numerous updates to iOS 6 there have been no further updates for the iOS which only works on the original iPads.  Perhaps a minor update would fix it?


    I would like to see this investigated further by Apple, although I fear the answer would be to upgrade to a newer iPad - I must admit that's a pretty expensive and disappointing thought.

  • spooki Level 1 (0 points)

    Mine does it too on Safari! I asked a 'genius' if it was perhaps some of the websites have a lot of moving images or adverts that perhaps the older model couldn't cope with but he said "no, it should be ok". Thanks....! I find the major problems are with newspaper sites and Facebook, especially on people's individual pages that's why I thought maybe it was the images thing. I wonder, do the later models have the same problem?

  • Søren K. P Level 1 (0 points)



    I have the same problem, IPad I, IOS 5.1.1

  • theHAC Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the exact same issues with the exact same iPad 1, and IOS, the last one to be engineered for it.


    The App Store crashes all the time and when I relaunch it, it goes to the last page I had done a search about, not the one I was on, which could be several pages past that.


    Games don't resume where you left off.


    Many of the simple games, for example ' iTrash'  a digital version of the card game 'Garbage', constantly crash, while they play fine on my wife's iPad 2. Go figure.


    I have over a gig free memory, I've done a full restore, hard resets, backups, deletions, etc.


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  • Viva Villa Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple wouldn't be trying to get us to buy a new iPad (which I personally don't need, mine is only 4 years old) woudn't they? Naaaaaah, they'd never do that.

  • Janel169 Level 1 (0 points)

    I love my iPad 1 but this issue has turned it into a disappointing user experience. As others have noted, the suggested fixes do not work.


    Is this an IOS version issue?  And if so, is it possible to roll back to an earlier and more stable version? 

  • Dsmity Level 1 (0 points)

    I've been dealing with similar issues.  Resetting and restoring have proven to only waste time.  The words "#%&amp;@ing iPad" are heard daily in my household.  We tested out a surface last week and while it has it's shortcomings, it did not crash regularly.  Due to this issue I will not be buying another iPad- the reasoning is simple.  Nothing about the newer iPads justify their cost to me and the iPad1 reminds me of using a PC in the Windows 98 days.


    I do not think apple will lose many customers due to the issue, however, since most apple customers seem to take hang the latest device very seriously, even when the specs are only marginally better.  To each their own I suppose.  If the iPad1 did not crash on a regular basis it would still be a great tablet for me.

  • theHAC Level 1 (0 points)

    While surfing the web on Safari last evening, the native iPad browser, my #%&amp;@ing iPad 1 just went back to the home screen again.


    To add another 'Apple' inovation issue to the mix, I 'went 98% Apple' about 6 six years ago, leaving only one Windows based laptop because only it would run a specific application I needed.


    Since then I have run the gammut of every cat named OSX on my three MACs, each progressive OSX upgrade causing various issues, prohibiting some applications from ever running again, or necessitating the need for total upgrades at hefty prices fpr others. I now fear the upcoming release of OSX 10.9 Mavericks will again make me jump through more application and device driver upgrade hoops.


    After viewing all the media hype of yet another iPhone release and IOS7, watching sadly as thousands of people sat in lines for hours to get the latest iPhone that will ultimately populate a landfill within the next year or so, I believe you are correct Dsmity, about Apple not going to loose any customers.


    When will we consumers learn?


    Rushed to market devices with the latest innovations being doled out in mere dribbles every few months, to drive sales solely to boost market share and stock prices, instead of having an actual breakthrough, fully operational product that will stand the test of time and offer consumers real bang for their buck for a few years has become not just Apple's business strategy, but most major company's modus operandi.


    Can everyone say 'Planned Obsolescence' ? iPhone 6 will be out in 2014...  three months, six months from now?


    Think about it.

  • Janel169 Level 1 (0 points)

    It seems that this is an issue with the iPad 1 and IOS 5.1.1.  I did not have this problem with earlier versions of the operating system. I always accept Apple updates when suggested and unfortunately an OS upgrade seems to have created the instability. Does anyone know how to roll back to an earlier and more stable version of the operating system?  I love my iPad and I just want it to work again... 

  • MaxFromage Level 1 (0 points)

    Same deal here. Any updates?


    I'm trying this article out. I will update if I see any improvent.


  • spooki Level 1 (0 points)

    Great find! Let's hope it works. The 'Genius' in the Apple store was more than useless!

  • Janel169 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for posting this. I did everything suggested and I hope it works.   The problem started with the 5.1 IOS upgrade.  If anyone knows how to roll back the operating system to a 4.x release, please post. It would have been awesome if Apple had warned iPad 1 users not to accept that upgrade, but since they didn't perhaps we can return to stability with a "downgrade" to 4.x.  

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