IPad 2 slow
I wasn’t impressed with your response to David Simpson last issue regarding his ‘iOS h8’ letter regarding iPads. You only need to look at the Apple forums to see the numbers of comments from iPad users from older models like my own iPad 2.
I am very disappointed with the whole thing because my iPad was my first Apple device – I’m now hooked, also owning a MacBook Air and an iPhone 5c.
Maybe you should get yourselves an iPad 2 and test that. Mine is now so slow and jerky, repeatedly loses its 3G link and reports no service, which is only cured by turning it off and back on again. David Davies Tom Harrod says: We do have an iPad 2 that’s used on the team here for testing the digital version of the magazine each month, but we haven’t had problems as severe as yours, David (though ours isn’t 3G).
It’s not the first time that Apple has had complaints of older devices becoming slower on new operating systems, of course – iOS 7 was particularly problematic for this on the iPhone 4. Apple did ultimately release an update that made it much, much more usable in that case, and we hope that it’s working on an update that will improve things for iPad 2 users, too. Of course, it would have been better if it got all this had been ironed out before release… Matt Bolton says: I’ve got a 27-inch iMac from 2010 myself, so I’m in the same boat as you, Mike – the Continuity features won’t work on it. They require Bluetooth 4, which was only included in Macs from 2012 onwards. It’s a real shame, but I was still looking forward to upgrading because I actually like Yosemite’s new look – while it draws cues from iOS, to call it ‘flat’ in the same way is simplifying a little too far, and not taking into account the many instances where they’ve kept texture and depth because it’s on the desktop. Yosemite does have other features that make life easier (the new additions in Mail, Notification Center widgets, rejigged button layouts and so on), but it’s true that you can get by well enough without upgrading. That said, many new app updates will require Yosemite in the future, so you might find you miss out on the latest versions of your favourite tools if you don’t update.