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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I wouldn't like to think how many presses, taps and clicks the 'track shipment' option on Apple's website and official app have notched up in the last few days from users who are desperate to find out where their new iPad is. The fact that Apple decided to allow customers to put through pre-orders for this new product launch means that email inboxes lit up all over the world at the beginning of the week with order progress updates advising that the order has been shipped by the company. Unfortunately for excited consumers, it seems that Apple had advised the delivery companies to hold onto the shipments and try their very hardest to make sure they were delivered on the official launch date this Friday.
With the new, improved Retina-ready iPad set to hit our doormats and retailers shelves around the world in less than two days, one would imagine that there are plenty of gadget fans out there who are currently sitting on their iPad 2 which they probably want to get rid off in order to get the shiny new iPad. After all, the iPad 2 is so last week and come this Friday, it will no longer be the current model, meaning owners will inevitably want to replace it.