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Question: iPad Mini 2 Won't Update

So it's now November, and I still don't have the option to update my iPad mini 2 to iOS 11. It's getting to the point that my iPad mini is barely functional. There's only about 2 apps on it that still work, and even those are starting to get glitchy. Please don't tell me I have to buy a new iPad. 😟

iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 9.3.5

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Nov 11, 2017 1:28 PM in response to MTHealthyLiving In response to MTHealthyLiving

You are sure that it's a Mini 2 : Identify your iPad model - Apple Support ? Your tagline says that you are on iOS 9.3.5, which is what the first gen Mini goes up to.


If you are having problems with your downloaded apps, what have you tried to see if it improves things e.g. closing apps via the iPad's taskbar, soft-reset/reboot of the iPad etc. ?

Nov 11, 2017 1:28 PM

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Nov 11, 2017 7:01 PM in response to MTHealthyLiving In response to MTHealthyLiving

The iPad 2, 3 and 1st generation iPad Mini are all ineligible and excluded from upgrading to iOS 10 OR iOS 11.

They all share similar hardware architectures and a less powerful 1.0 Ghz CPU that Apple has deemed insufficiently powerful enough to even run the basic, barebones features of iOS 10.

Why would you want to upgrade, anyways?

Since iOS 8, older iPad models such as the iPad 2, 3, 4 and the original iPad Mini have only been getting the most basic of iOS features.

Older iPad users get none of the newest and coolest cutting edge features that newer model iDevices, with better hardware specs, can handle with more aplomb.


FYI,

Just because your 1st gen iPad Mini is no longer able to upgrade to the latest iOS doesn't mean your 1st gen iPad Mini is suddenly useless.



So, your options are really keep using your 1st gen iPad Mini or purchase a new iPad if you feel you need or want to.

Your current 1st gen iPad Mini will still work and continue to receive app updates until sometime in the near future, when, with the recent introduction of iOS 11, ALL support for older 32 bit iDevices and any iOS 32 bit apps will come to a final end.

Your 1st gen iPad Mini will still work and function as it always has, but will no longer receive any more app updates sometime in the foreseeable future.

The 1st gen iPad Mini has had 4-5 years of iOS upgrades/updates

The final app updates your 1st gen iPad Mini will receive will be its last!

Currently, your 1st gen iPad Mini is STILL continuing to receive app updates under iOS 9.3.5, but look for this trend to end at some near future point in time.



This is why Apple introduced the new, lower cost 2017 iPad 5 model, in April

Apple is trying to get older iPad 2, 3, 4 and 1st gen Mini iPad users to upgrade to more modern iPad hardware in anticipation of the recent release of iOS 11, which will render all older 32 bit iDevices obsolete.


Good Luck to You!

Nov 11, 2017 7:01 PM

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