iPad1 – redeemable or brick?
My apologies if this has been discussed on this sub at length, or if there is a sub dedicated to this issue – but I couldn’t seem to find anything.
TLDR: any app suggestions for iOS5.1.1 to regain some functionality to my old iPad 1??? Or is it a slowly dying brick?
I have an old iPad1 that I inherited when a family member upgraded. It’s a robust little thing, liable to crash complicated apps but perfect for reading, YouTube, music, and podcasts.
Or at least…it was.
Over the years most of that core functionality has been eroded – first google docs and google drive were no longer supported, kindle can be a little glitchy but I have other apps I use for reading, safari tends to be stable for text based sites but balks at anything too complicated, and then the YouTube app stopped working in April of this year.
I don’t know if it was widely talked about but there was this issue in 2015 where the native YouTube app stopped working on ios5.1.1 but there was a quick fix with the official YouTube app.
That no longer works.
YouTube suddenly cut service to the app in April – possibly because the older version of the app didn’t support their ad software and thus lost them income, although the number of iPad1 users is probably significantly lower than the number of people using an ad blocker in chrome, but I digress. Apple has also stopped supporting the older version of the Podcast app so that’s also no longer working.
I found some other people online who were frustrated with the issue, but I haven’t seen or found any work around solutions.
It’s a weird feeling to have something that has more knowledge and technology inside it than the Apollo moon lander, but has been more or less bricked by software updates. I don’t have the money for an update and I also don’t need the functionality of a whole new tablet, I just want to be able to watch YouTube, listen to Stuff you Missed in History Class and read my books.
So…Any app suggestions or ideas? YouTube players that work for 5.1.1? Podcast apps? Would jailbreaking it do anything? It’s so far out of warranty it might as well be on the Moon, so what should I do with this technological marvel that is currently gathering dust on my bedside table?