But to really get these up to the latest we should ditch our ecosystem issues for a bit.
Here's my research:
With some jailbreaking and more, hello iOS 6.
I've read the same complaints on old PCs. This tablet is from about 2010 so it lasted a very long time.
I was just gifted an old iPad that I'd like to use it for some "everyday" tasks. However, none of the apps I attempted to download/install will run. Instead, I get a prompt which informs me that said app(s) require a minimum of ios 8 or 9 or 10 (I am currently running 5.1.1) Now, I'm NOT talking about anything advanced, just Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox & Dropbox all three of which refused me. ***???
OK, I'm well versed in the Windows upgrade process, so how different could ios be to update? So, I went to the apple/ios webpage and cannot find any links to download any ios updates. Again, ***???
I have intentionally avoided the Apple "ecosystem" for many years because I have always had a fundamental problem with this sort of closed system in which users will only be able to get what they (Apple) want you to have and nothing more.
Am I missing something or, am I wrong in assuming that this is INTENTIONAL on the part of Apple to force people to constantly spend money on new hardware by prematurely making otherwise fully functioning hardware into trash?
Perhaps, one (or more) members of this c/net community who are familiar with ios can advise or point me in the direction I need to be going in to make this iPad into something I can use. Or is it destined for the junk heap?