Legacy apple ipad ver 2 - updating the ios

Jegajothy vythilingam
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I have a gifted Apple iPad, a very early model No. MC769LL.  It is a Ver 2 .  How and where do I update the IOS to the latest? .  Thank u
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You can easily update via iTunes. I keep me iPhones updated that way. It works well.

It likely has a wireless card and you can update IOS over Wi-Fi . I have done this as well.

Both ways work
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The last version of iOS for iPad 2 is 9.3.5 and you cannot update it with the latest version iOS 12.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Agreed that old devices cannot run the latest IOS, yes.  

But iTunes will take you to the highest level for the device.

@jegajothy,  Did you check settings on the iPad to see what IOS it has?
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It's the original 16GB WiFi version of the iPad2
https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ipad/specs/apple-ipad-2-wi-fi-specs.html

Although you can upgrade the operating system to 9.x.x you may not want to as there's a considerable hit on performance with the newer operating system on the older hardware.
See:
https://everymac.com/systems/apple/iphone/iphone-faq/iphone-ipad-ipod-touch-models-full-partial-ios-9-support.html

YMMV
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You might want to skip the update and just use it as is.  Many apps won’t update anymore, but when I updated my iPad 2 to 9.x it became so slow and sluggish, it was almost impossible to use. And once you update, you can’t go back.  

So my suggestion is to leave it as is, as it runs much faster.  If you really need new updated apps, it’s time for a new iPad.
I second Owen Rubin assessment.  Old Apple devices run better with older OS.  You still won't be able to run the much newer apps when you update to the next newer old version, so just keep the older OS.

Maybe you should just jailbreak it and sideload older apps.  Maybe you can get android on it.
https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/iphone/how-install-android-on-iphone-3658273/
http://www.applehacks.com/

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thank u everyone looks like I have to shop for a new one.  regards

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thank u, regards and happy holidays

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Happy holidays to you as well. Since your questions, I have had 6 people contact me about iPad updates, so you were not alone.

Cheers

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