iOS 7.0.4 restores some speed to iPad 2

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I’ve been an unhappy camper since up(?)grading to iOS 7 a few weeks back. My iPad 2, which had been a smooth, quick, and slick performer in iOS 6, was transformed into a ragged and unrefined, underperforming slug with the change of OS versions. Unhappily, Apple has provided no provision for reverting to iOS 6; installing the iOS 7 upgrade lights the bridge behind it on fire.


Part of the problem, of course, is that the early model iPad 2—with its puny-by-today’s-standards A5 system on chip and small RAM configuration—doesn’t have the hardware muscle to properly support iOS 7, and I understand that users with 4th-generation iPads and iPad Airs are finding iOS 7 runs just fine on their machines.

Still, Apple is still selling brand new iPad 2s and similarly A5-powered original iPad minis, and recommends upgrading to iOS 7 for these machines. Personally, I would encourage users of these machines who are getting good service from iOS 6 to think about it carefully before changing up to iOS 7.

However, technological advance continues relentlessly, and given the lack of an alternative at this point, I’m trying to make my peace with ornery iOS 7. I’m happy to report that the iOS 7.0.4 update (which I got around to installing last weekend!) has helped with this substantially. Apple says this update includes unspecifled “bug fixes and improvements,” particularly to the Spotlight search engine and iCloud Keychain, as well as a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users.


For information on the security content of this update, visit

System requirements for iOS 7.0.4 are:

  • iPhone 4 and later
  • iPad 2 and later
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

The differences are not terribly dramatic, but what I notice most is more speed and much smoother transitions, especially when app switching. Actually, the latter in the case of some apps is quite dramatic.

For me so far, iOS 7.0.4 has been an unalloyed improvement, and  I would generally recommend it, but with the caveat that some users have reported issues such as random reboots on the iPhone 5s and iPad mini with Retina Display.

The iOS 7.0.4 update is available via iTunes and wirelessly.

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  • Barracuda

    It’s weird because Apple still officially sells iPad 2 at a premium price so the experience has to be great out of the box. Of course it’s really not worth $400. My iPad Mini runs very nice with iOS 7 but I’m scared of next year’s upcoming update. Of course it won’t get every new feature but let’s hope Apple takes the time to optimize the system and it’ll be improved similarly to OSX Mavericks.

  • Joe

    So given your experiences with IOS 7.0.4, would you recommend staying with IOS 6 versus upgrading to 7?