I’m one of those pesky iPad 2 users - Finally updated to iOS 9 and finally started with a clean install and its not that bad actually. I was considering replacing it early next year, but I think I’ll hang in till the bitter end.
I wonder if the A5 devices will see iOS 10… Given the new way Apple developed iOS 9 (apparently for the 32 bit devices they started with a striped back version of iOS 9 - just the basics, and then turned on features one by one to find the best balance of performance/features) + with app thinning, games developers no longer need to support them, thus the new hardware isn’t held back by the old.
Perhaps they’ll get iOS 10 in terms of the base system with very few new features. Given the iPad 2 + iPad Mini 1 which are the same device performance wise, make up nearly 40 percent of the installed base + the slower iPad 3 which makes up a further 10 percent, thats nearly 50 percent of the iPad market on an A5 devices. Sure the numbers might be a little out, but they’re not surprising given other numbers I’ve seen from various places.
But anyway, I wanted to appreciate the iPad 2 as one of their stellar devices, it didn’t have any major ‘gate’ issue and it has lasted longer than any other iOS device.