iPad mini performance issues (model md544a/b)
February 18, 2016 5:49 AM   Subscribe

My iPad mini is creaking but still useful. However, Safari crashes often (I've noticed it when browsing news sites like independent.co.uk in particular). Have you got any tips for improvements, things I need to check or change in settings or other management? Cheers!
posted by dash_slot- to Technology (8 answers total)
Best answer: With my older iOS devices I've seen some performance benefit (perceived or real, I don't know) from restoring from back up, and even greater benefit (almost certainly real) from restoring as a new device and starting fresh, if that is possible for you.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Have you updated your iOS? Some websites and apps don't like older versions. Also, whenever my phone starts randomly closing apps, a complete shutdown and restart tends to help.
posted by jenny76 at 5:58 AM on February 18, 2016

Another thing to consider is available storage space. Are you running out of room on your iPad mini?
posted by emelenjr at 6:21 AM on February 18, 2016

Definitely do a full restore. I've seen that method bring an original 2010 iPad back from the dead - and it made Safari run better than it had previously, too.
posted by Rissa at 6:48 AM on February 18, 2016

Seconding a restore, and unclogging a bit more free space on it if you can.

I find the Independent site is a bit crap and unstable on my iPad as well (and my Mac) - for an organisation now going web-only their site relaunch was rubbish, so that's probably not your iPad's fault. The Guardian site can be a bit flighty too on my iPad.
posted by dowcrag at 6:49 AM on February 18, 2016

Thirding a restore. I just rediscovered and restored as a new device my original ipad mini (ie pre-retina) and updated to iOS 9. It's definitely not speedy but it is functional, and much better than it was before I restored it.

I'm still on the fence about whether iOS 9 was a good idea or not (it still had 7!) but I wanted an app that required it.
posted by cgg at 7:42 AM on February 18, 2016

Response by poster: thanks all, am going through the process of restoring now.
posted by dash_slot- at 8:06 AM on February 20, 2016

Response by poster: Sadly no improvement in all the things I tried [including a webchat & voice chat with Apple Support]. Oh well, it's obvs gotten old...
posted by dash_slot- at 2:18 AM on April 25, 2016

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