Posts Tagged ‘iPad 2’

It’s had a good run, but the iPad 2 is now old enough to find itself being added to Apple’s growing list of vintage and obsolete products. The move will take place on April 30th, with every model of iPad 2 included.

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Users are reporting that older iPads – the iPad 2, in particular, cannot activate after iOS 9.3 update, becoming unusable for most users. Here’s a potential fix.

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Whenever a new piece of iOS software is launched, some devices inevitably get left behind, and many, such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 on iOS 8, are subjected to a decidedly limited experience compared with the newer models on the market. It was always somewhat inevitable that these antiquated devices would struggle to cope with the rigors of the new, feature-rich update, and so it has proved, but Apple did promise that those who’ve stuck by their iPhone 4s or iPad 2 would see improvements with its iOS 8.1.1 download. Were these just empty claims, or does this week’s update actually enhance the general user experience for those wielding vintage hardware?

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Major new releases of iOS tend to bring with them plenty of complaints of poor performance on older devices, and iOS 8 was no different with regard to how it ran on the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. Neither hardware is getting any younger, and with limited hardware at their disposal both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s have been found dwindling in the old speed stakes.

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It was back in 2011 that Apple first brought us the iPad 2, and after three years of loyal service, the device has finally been retired. Replacing it as understudy to the iPad Air will be the iPad 4 – arguably the righteous holder of this particular position – and with a Retina display, Lightning connector and a beefy A6X processor, it’s a notable improvement on the iPad 2.

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Apple’s newest hardware is here for a lot of device lineups, including the iPad, which has seen the launch of the new iPad Air and the second gen iPad mini with Retina display. The new devices are all shiny and cool, boasting the latest in hardware and software both, but that doesn’t mean we can forget the old ones just yet. Although the iPad 2 and iPad mini are rather old now, they’re still continuing, albeit at a lower cost for the first-gen iPad mini. The iPad 2 will continue to sell for a price of $399, while the first-gen iPad mini will continue to retail at a new starting price point of $299.

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With the iPad mini now officially available in the first wave of supported territories, it is inevitable that the reviews will start pouring in from every angle as early adopters inspect every nook and cranny of the gorgeous little tablet. One of the most talked about areas of Apple’s new mini creation will undoubtedly be the 7.9-inch display, a screen that already seems to have split opinions right down the middle. In an attempt to add some clarity to the display debate, RepairLabs have put the company’s iPad range under the microscope to compare the received screen quality.

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The iPhone Dev Team has released the updated version of their Redsn0w tool which was teased a while back on Twitter by MuscleNerd. The update as you’d expect is a very significant one, and brings with it the support for downgrading the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new 3rd-gen iPad to an earlier version of iOS 5 from iOS 5.1.1.

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iH8sn0w, the well known iOS developer and researcher who is responsible for the production of Sn0wbreeze, iFaith, iReb and f0recast has been hard at work again trying to resolve an issue that has been tainting the experience of owners of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The said two Apple devices are powered by the A5 processor, and as any jailbreak fan will know, it hasn’t previously been possible to perform firmware downgrades on those two units. When Apple releases a new version of iOS, they promptly stop signing the older firmware, meaning that any official restores result in the user installing the latest official iOS version onto their device.

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Since Apple announced the new iPad nearly two weeks ago, the tech world has been inundated with questions – many of which have been answered with the subsequent release.

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Now that the new iPad is finding its way into the hands of those who were either willing to stand outside their local Apple Store or to hit refresh on the online equivalent, everyone is asking the same question: just how much better than the iPad 2 is this new, third generation version?

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The army of Cydia devotees had to wait quite a while for iOS 5 to be jailbroken. Thanks to a collaborative effort from some of the most talented developers in the game, the A4 jailbreak in December was closely followed a couple of weeks later by the Absinthe, A5 jailbreak for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

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