iOS 8 performance on iPad Air with lag claims

By Alan Ng - Sep 15, 2014

The world is awaiting the highly anticipated iOS 8 public release date on September 17, but those with a developer account can install iOS 8 GM to get an early preview of what is going to be the final build upon release.

We can bring you the details of one iOS 8 preview now however, as one user has created a video actually complaining of performance issues when installing iOS 8 GM onto the iPad Air.

While we obviously don’t have the final version in our hands yet, GM is the closest to final that Apple offer developers. In the video which we have included below however, one user isn’t happy with the final result and adds that the performance of iOS 8 GM on his iPad Air ‘feels a few generations old’.

He also appears to show evidence of slow animations when quickly scrolling on the screen with Safari open, as well as several instances where the menus show lag at some moments.

With Apple unlikely to make major changes before Wednesday’s public release, is this cause for concern or just an isolated incident with one device?

Let us know if you also have iOS 8 GM running on the iPad Air or iPad Mini models and have noticed slower performance compared to iOS 7. We’ll update if there’s anything else to share on these claims.

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  • Gbdracer

    Yes, I agree. I knew it was a bad thing to upgrade to IOS 8…. safari or chrome are slower now. now the ipad air looks like a samsung when I’m browsing the web and scrolling
    I’m dowgrading now and losing everything on the IPAD.

  • Doug

    Just updated to the release version and my iPad air has considerable lag in screen transitions, in safari, and when typing

  • Ivy Tan

    iPad Mini user here. There’s definitely a noticeable lag when I type. The lag is most pronounced in the App Store. It takes a very long time for it to load. And when it finally does, it freezes. I’ve tried restarting but no dice.

  • Nick

    i can confirm that my iPad Air running iOS 8 GM lags pretty bad. Especially the zoom function (double tap with three fingers) lags a lot more than in 7.1.2′