Apple may be staying silent on their iOS 8 update for 2014, but many consumers will be expecting the update to come towards the end of the year. One debate has started though, on whether Apple will decide to give iPad 2 users an iOS 8 update, after strong rumors suggesting that the iPad 2 will be officially discontinued later this year.
We told you last week on Valentine’s Day about rumors suggesting that the iPad 2 was due to get the chop. Remember that the iPad 2 was released as far back as March 2011, but more importantly – it was a tablet that did not come with a Retina Display.
Apple instead offered a Retina Display with the iPad 3 and cut the price of the iPad 2 in the process. Until now, it has continued to receive official updates from the company but this may be set to change with the arrival of a possible iPad 5 or iPad Air 2 with iOS 8.
As of now, you can still enjoy the latest version of iOS 7 on the iPad 2, which is iOS 7.0.4. We’re also assuming that iOS 7.1 will be supported if and when it arrives at the rumored March period.
iOS 7.1 on the iPad 2 could turn out to be the last major update though, if Apple decides that software performance on iOS 8 with the iPad 2 is deemed not worthy enough for public release.
It is obviously still up in the air at the moment, but definitely worth considering if you are a happy iPad 2 owner.
Will you be surprised and disappointed if the iPad 2 iOS 8 update doesn’t happen, or do you see this as a natural and ‘expected’ change by Apple?
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