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Should I Upgrade My iPad To iOS 5? For Now….No!

Okay…to be candidly honest, I haven’t been a huge fan of Apple products. Although I grew up on Apple II computers and my first programming language was Apple Basic, I was never a big fan of the closed architecture and I always liked to build/fix/upgrade my computers, so I switched to PCs in the 90s.

That recently changed with the iPad, though. I originally purchased an Android-based tablet from a Chinese manufacturer, but was less than thrilled when the power supply died after 3 months and it would have cost me $150 to ship it back to China for warranty work. So I stopped pinching pennies and paid the premium for the iPad and it has been a rock-solid tablet, everything that Apple claims to be. Easy, dependable, feature-rich. Oh yeah…and issue-free. Over the first year that I have used it, I’ll bet it crashed twice. The solid hardware and quality control over apps in the iTunes store has guaranteed a great experience that has me considering buying more Apple products in the future.

Until iOS5 came along.

Now, in the last 24 hours I bet my iPad has crashed more than 20 times. Safari crashes, email crashes, Notes crashes, EverNote crashes….everything crashes.

But it doesn’t happen all the time. No, my iPad works for 15-20 minutes, behaving like everything is okay, but then…in the middle of something important…CRASH! And my iPad is not the anomaly.

Just spend a few minutes browsing Google and you’ll find that I’m not alone in my frustration with iOS5:

Google Pulls Google Voice From Apple App Store Due To Crashes On iOS5

Third Party Apps Crashing on iOS5

iOS 5 Crashes Evernote

GoWalla Crashes On iOS 5

Safari Crashes Constantly On iOS 5 For iPad

…and that’s just a few examples. I could probably list another 20 apps that are experiencing issues after iOS 5 was released. The point in the blog post isn’t just to complain about iOS 5, it’s to point out that the issue isn’t likely with the apps, but with the OS architecture. If a large number of apps are experiencing issues, Apple should probably look at whether every one of those apps (their own browser and Notes app included) were badly coded and impacted by the OS upgrade….or maybe the OS is the issue.

For now, if you’re thinking about upgrading your iPad to iOS 5, I would advise against it. Let Apple work out the issues for a couple more weeks and issue any patches to resolve the crashing. Hopefully, there’s enough of a clamor on the Web, Twitter, and Facebook to make the pay attention.

Are you experiencing similar issues? Have tweeks or fixes that might help resolve the crashes? Feel free to share them in comments or a link to your blog articles.


Sean R. Nicholson :Social Media Strategist, Tech Geek, Attorney, coffee addict. I connect people, enhance the workplace, & drive business. I blog at and I tweet at @socmedsean. You can also find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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  • just a shot in the dark but i think apple may be smarter than we take them for and make the os5 upgrade so that you can neither choose os4 or os5, nor remove of a device once it is uploaded to ensure you have to upgrade to the new model creating a nice security blanket for their revenue. quite sly if you ask me but what do i know, i could totally be wrong due to the fact i have no knowledge of computers other than what i have read in this thread/blog. either way sorry to those who were stiffed.

    • Blake,

      I think that was true 2 years ago when there wasn't a viable alternative to the iPad. In my family, we now own 1 horrible iPad 1 that crashes all the time and 2 Nook Color tablets. I will be replacing my iPad soon with an Android-based tablet.

      If Apple's intent was to force me to continue to buy their products by end-of-lifing the device via the OS, they made a grave error in their calculations. All they did was drive me to their competitors. I won't be buying Apple products any more.


  • Ipad1 user here. I have not seen or heard a peep out of apple to fix this issue. Im quick to argue that this is a ploy to upgrade.... If anyone finds a solution please msg me.

  • Hi Sean, its 17July2013 as I write this. I am using iPad2 with latest iOS no problem. However, I have a Gen1 ipad that I have given to someone else to use. Referencing your article, is iOS stabilized to the point where its safe to upgrade? thanks

    • Laura - Unfortunately, no. Apple is not going to address this issue because the new OS versions are simply too much for the Apple iPad 1 (and some think 2) can handle. Avoid upgrading as long as you can, once you do, consider purchasing a more powerful tablet. I spent $200 and got an incredible ASUS Android tablet that is sooooo much better than my iPad ever was. Sorry for the bad news, but your iPad 1 is basically at the end of its life.


  • I am a 73 year old woman. I have a first generation iPad. I updated with Apple help, including backup. There was a warning about possibly losing apps. The five or so people I was transferred to gave me different procedures to follow about several issued including protecting apps, for which I also had conflicting advice. A published author, I have lost thousands of poems, dorm reviews, a full length play, chapters of a novel in progress, also paperwork necessary for renting a house to tenants. I am now deeply depressed.

  • We updated to the newest ios on our ipad2 and didn't have any issues with crashing until we had our broken screen replaced this week. The screen we replaced was the original, from 2012. Now that our ipad looks great, it crashes several times a day. Why would replacing the screen suddenly make this an issue?

  • We have a first generation ipad and a new ipad. Both crash constantly especially in safari and naturally, when we are working on something important. All info is always lost and we have to start over. I have spoken to numerous friends who are having the same problem yet when I phone Apple they act as though they have no idea what I am talking about and feign as though no one else on earth has called with the same complaint. At this time I need to find a tablet or small laptop that will be reliable and would appreciate any insight. Apple seems to be riding high on prior sales with no attempt to address this widespread issue.