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10 Things to Know About the iPad iOS 9.1 Update



Two weeks ago, Apple rolled out an iPad iOS 9.1 update that delivers bug fixes and new features to owners of its popular slates. Today we want to take an updated look at the most important things to know about the iPad iOS 9.1 update.

In September, Apple confirmed an iOS 9.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company didn’t confirm the update on stage alongside the iPhone 6s though. Instead, it confirmed its arrival with the release of an iOS 9.1 beta for the public and for developers.

Apple released several other iOS 9.1 beta updates before it pushed out the official version of the iOS 9.1 update.


Apple’s iOS 9.1 update for iPad is packed with new features and a ton of bug fixes for iOS 9 problems. The update also comes with increased stability for stock apps like Photos and Music. It’s a large update and it’s an exciting update.

We’ve put the iOS 9.1 update under the microscope in the weeks since its release and today we want to take a close look at the iPad iOS 9.1 update.

This roundup takes a look at the update’s performance, some things to know before installing, and a quick look at the iPad iOS 9.2 update that could replace iOS 9.1. Keep these in mind as we push away from the two week mark.

iPad iOS 9.1 Update: Two Weeks Later

iPad iOS 9.1 Update: Two Weeks Later

We've been using the iPad iOS 9.1 update on the iPad Air 2, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 for two weeks now. And all three updates have held up well over those two weeks. 

We continue to get solid battery life out of all three devices. We haven't noticed any weird drain when the tablets are in use and we haven't noticed any weird drain when the tablets are in standby. We're able to get more than a day of use out of all three.

The UI is still fast on all of these devices. No slowdown to speak of. That includes Control Center and Spotlight Search, two problem areas for some iOS 9.1 owners. Scrolling and opening apps is fast on all three as well. 


We haven't run into any problems with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or LTE (iPad mini 2 only). All three tablets have delivered strong connectivity during our two weeks with them and their iOS 9.1 upgrades. 

If you're already on iOS 9, iOS 9.1 is worthy of your consideration. If not for the fixes, for the 150 new emojis that come with it. 



  1. Lorne Malvo

    10/27/2015 at 6:43 am

    Sorry, but I’m not going to bother clicking and clicking through your one paragraph per page article. Much easier to just get my info elsewhere.

  2. Bo

    10/27/2015 at 12:11 pm

    I was searching and searching for any reviews for IOS 9.1 on an iPad 3 (wifi 16GB) and could not find any. There are some youtube reviews in Russian.

    On the Oct 25, I just bit the bullet and upgraded from 8.3.1 to 9.1. So far I am happy. Battery life is (still) great. No standby battery drain and I am getting about 14 hours of actual usage on a full charge. Apps seem to load just noticeably slower, but seem to operate noticeably faster and smoother after loading. No freezing. Scrolling and pinch zooming seems smoother and less glitchy. Web pages in safari seem to load just a bit quicker. Not a fan of the new app switcher. I liked the old app switcher better. All of this is subjective.

    I would recommend. YMMV

  3. Sue

    10/29/2015 at 4:35 pm

    I keep getting thrown out of apps including this one.

  4. Claude Senechal

    11/24/2015 at 12:16 pm

    I did upgrade my ipad to 9.1. WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE!!! Now my iPad is so slow, it’s not fun anymore. Take forever to load anything, Internet is slow (no, it’s not my connection…), email is closing by itself and won’t reappear. I did all the fixes but it’s still just a crappy system. Before that upgrade, my ipad was just fine. What did Apple think? I switch my iphone to Android and now, I guess I will do the same with my Ipad. Bye bye Apple, this is not what we expect from you.

  5. Betty

    12/03/2015 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t get iOS 9.1 to even download on my iPad. I accept the terms and then nothing happens. From what I have been reading, I might not install this version and wait for the next one.

  6. pietjaffa

    12/04/2015 at 4:21 am

    Also I thought It would be good to finally download a new update on my old iPad (that sounds contradictory “old iPad” ;-) the 9.1 version, but it’s terrible. Everything is slow, opening something on the Internet, opening app’s, even typing this. And the rotation function doesn’t work anymore; I can only use the upright position strange enough. I wish I could go back to a former version!

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