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iOS 8 for iPad 3

When Apple says iOS 8 will come to the "iPad with Retina display" does that mean the iPad 3 and the iPad 4? I feel like the iPad 3 is a b_____d child since the iPad 4 came along so quickly afterwards :p

Most Useful Answer Dannipad  Jun. 15, 2014 at 03:13

Has anyone tried iOS 8 beta on the iPad 3rd gen yet and is it worth it? Does it slow it down at all?

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 3, 2014 at 12:42

iOS 8 is compatible with iPad 2 and up... so yes, the b*stard child, iPad 3 is compatible.
It may lack certain features... who knows?

iOS 8 Supported Devices

iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5s
iPad 2
iPad (third-generation)
iPad (fourth-generation)
iPad Air
iPad mini
iPad mini with Retina display
iPod touch fifth-generation

Unsupported Devices

iPod touch fourth-generation and older
iPhone 4 and older
Original iPad
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/06/02/ios-8-is-compatible-with-iphone-4s-ipad-2-or-later/

TJ Skywasher  Jun. 3, 2014 at 13:39

The iPad 3 as many people refer to it was actually marketed as 'The New iPad' when it was released but I think they've now lumped it in with the 4th generation iPad and both are now classed as iPad with Retina display.

krogothnx  Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:05

I wonder if it'd murder my iPad 2 if i ran ios8 on it.

Spoiler: i don't use anything on it except notes and safari so i probably wouldn't notice anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:30

Technically, the iPad 4 was the weird one, not the iPad 3. The only reason the iPad 4 exists was to make it so that all of Apple's latest iOS devices had the new lightning connector, it was otherwise a tiny, pointless upgrade over the iPad 3.

Anyway, that aside, iOS 8 will run on the iPad 3. It might even run quite well with the iPad 2 being the least powerful supported iPad, not the iPad 3.

Dannipad  Jun. 15, 2014 at 03:13

Has anyone tried iOS 8 beta on the iPad 3rd gen yet and is it worth it? Does it slow it down at all?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 16, 2014 at 13:26

Don't understand your question. iOS 8 is in early beta stage.
It's 'out there' to find and then iron out flaws. If there are problems now: d'oh!

asmi8803  Sep. 3, 2014 at 13:13

Don't understand your question. iOS 8 is in early beta stage.
It's 'out there' to find and then iron out flaws. If there are problems now: d'oh!


io7 Killed my iPhone 4 as well as my brother's and girlfriend's iPhone 4. It was super slow and crashed all the time. They didn't do a good enough job with it and I'm not sure they cared either. Their response was, it's time to upgrade... I was quite happy running iOS 6 and would have kept with that had I know iOS 7 would kill my device. Why allow me to install it when it's not fast enough to handle it properly.

I would never upgrade to the latest iOS on the last generation of device supported, it gets very few features anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 16:43

Don't understand your question. iOS 8 is in early beta stage.
It's 'out there' to find and then iron out flaws. If there are problems now: d'oh!


io7 Killed my iPhone 4 as well as my brother's and girlfriend's iPhone 4. It was super slow and crashed all the time. They didn't do a good enough job with it and I'm not sure they cared either. Their response was, it's time to upgrade... I was quite happy running iOS 6 and would have kept with that had I know iOS 7 would kill my device. Why allow me to install it when it's not fast enough to handle it properly.

I would never upgrade to the latest iOS on the last generation of device supported, it gets very few features anyway.

You raise some very fair points, iOS4 ruined my iPhone 3G (yes, it was several years ago). As you say, although Apple claim that older devices are supported, the actual version of the newest iOS which they receive is massively cut down when compared the the identically named version of iOS which the newest devices get.

It's all marketing; whilst Apple can say that "X" percent of devices run "X" version of iOS, they can claim that they don't suffer from fragmentation and that all their supported devices get updated to the latest version of iOS. This, however, isn't true, as we've discussed. The iPhone 4 version of iOS7 is nothing like the iPhone 5S version of iOS7.

anonymousity  Sep. 16, 2014 at 23:16

Has anyone tried iOS 8 beta on the iPad 3rd gen yet and is it worth it? Does it slow it down at all?
There is a bit of a slowdown but not too noticeable. However Handshake won't work since the iPad3 hardware doesnt support it so won't be able to make calls using the new Continuity thing in iOS8

Epieye  Sep. 17, 2014 at 23:34

Has anyone tried iOS 8 beta on the iPad 3rd gen yet and is it worth it? Does it slow it down at all?


Yes, it does.

Marswalker  Sep. 26, 2014 at 03:14

iOS 8 killed my iPad 3 but works fabulous on wife's ipad 2 . Go figure. Tried a dfu update but no help. Safari is dead slow now

majikp3  Oct. 2, 2014 at 13:39

I installed iOS 8 on my iPad 3 the day of release and my device was incredibly slow afterwards. Since I had installed the update OTA, I decided to do a fresh install but no luck...the biggest noticeable issue was multi-tasking (5 second delay to switch between apps). Some of my games lagged and stuttered but I was most disappointed that there was no support for Instant Hotspot (I had been looking forward to this). I lasted 24 hours on iOS 8, then downgraded back to 7.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 2, 2014 at 14:40

Have you tried 8.0.2?

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