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iPads Supporting iOS 8 Firmware

Last updated: September 13, 2014 at 5:35 am

So which iPads work with iOS 8? Let us save your time, and quickly take a look at the list of Apple iPads compatible with iOS 8.


As you can see from the chart above, we have the following devices:

  • Apple iPad 2
  • Apple iPad with Retina Display
  • Apple iPad Air
  • Apple iPad Mini
  • Apple iPad Mini with Retina display

But wait, there is something missing. What is “Apple iPad with Retina Display”? Is it the iPad 3rd generation or iPad 4th generation? This chart created a lot of problems among users, as iPad with Retina Display is actually iPad 4th generation, meaning Apple left out iPad 3 from the list.

Apple iPad 2 was launched on March 2, 2011. The New iPad (iPad 3) was launched next year, on March 7 2012. Now, how can Apple support iOS 8 for iPad 2 and not for iPad 3?

It was unusual, but this picture was making the rounds of the Internet. Some say it was on the Apple’s website. But we don’t listen to rumors, and so headed for a deeper research and finally found what we believe is the accurate representation of iPads that support iOS 8. Here’s the complete chart:


The only device that was added is iPad 3rd generation. So here’s the full list of iPads compatible with iOS 8 firmware:

  • Apple iPad 2
  • Apple iPad 3rd generation
  • Apple iPad 4th generation
  • Apple iPad Air
  • Apple iPad Mini
  • Apple iPad Mini with Retina display

Note that it doesn’t matter if you have a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB iPad storage. As long as you have the iPads mentioned in the list above, you can use iOS 8.

Now, you may have noticed we have iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation. There is a difference between the two.

Go back to see the list of devices compatible with iOS 8. Or you can also learn more about the range of Apple models that supports iOS 8 — iPhones on iOS 8 | iPads on iOS 8 | iPod Touch on iOS 8

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Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware