iOS 9.1 Release Time: 5 Things to Know Right Now
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iOS 9.1 Release Time: 5 Things to Know Right Now



We know the iOS 9.1 update is coming but we don’t know when it’s coming. The iOS 9.1 release date is unconfirmed but we know that it’s getting close. With that in mind, we want to take an early look at what you need to know about Apple and the iOS 9.1 release time.

In September, two days after the iOS 9 release date announcement, Apple confirmed an iOS 9.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company didn’t announce the iOS 9.1 update in a blog post or on stage. Instead, it confirmed the release with an iOS 9.1 beta for developers and those in the Beta Software Program.

Thanks to the iOS 9.1 beta, we’ve learned a lot about the first milestone update for iOS 9. iOS 9.1 is set to bring brand new emojis, the News App to the UK and Australia, and more to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We’ve also heard that it will improve performance.

iPhone 6S Plus iOS 9.0.2 - 11

Naturally, iOS users are excited about the iOS 9.1 release. Thing is, Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 9.1 release date and there’s a good chance we won’t get it, or the iOS 9.1 release time, before the update’s highly anticipated arrival.

Last year, Apple confirmed the iOS 8.1 release date at its October iPad event. Apple reportedly won’t host an October event this year which means we could be without an iOS 9.1 release date. The company could confirm one alongside the Apple TV 4 release details but that appears to be our only shot.

We’ve been taking a close look at the iOS 9.1 release date (it’s getting closer) and today we want to take a close look at the iOS 9.1 release time. Here’s what you need to know about the iOS 9.1 release time as we push towards its release.

iOS 9.1 Release Time Announcement Unlikely

We could see Apple deliver an official iOS 9.1 release date alongside the Apple TV 4 details. iOS 9.1 ties in with the Apple TV 4 release because it’s necessary when setting up the company’s new Apple TV through an iOS device.

An iOS 9.1 release date confirmation is possible but you shouldn’t expect an iOS 9.1 release time from Apple. While the company did confirm an iOS 8.4 release time, the company immediately retracted the announcement.

If you’re a veteran Apple user, this is probably what you’ve come to expect from every iOS update. If you’re new to the iPhone or iPad, keep this in mind for future updates.

U.S. iOS 9.1 Release Time

While we probably won’t see Apple make an iOS 9.1 release time announcement, we already have a pretty good idea about what to expect from Apple.

Apple is a company of patterns and it uses a very specific release protocol for its iOS updates. Unless the company drastically changes things with iOS 9.1, there are some specific details to expect from the iOS 9.1 release time in the U.S. and elsewhere.

iPhone 6S Plus iOS 9.0.2 - 8

If you’ve been through an iOS release before, you probably have some idea about what to expect from Apple. If you haven’t, here’s what you can expect from Apple if you live in the United States.

If you live on the west coast in the United States’ PT time zone, you can expect the iOS 9 release time to land sometime between 9AM PST and 10AM PST. This is standard for Apple and it’s how it approaches most iOS releases.

Here’s what that looks like if you live in other parts of the United States:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11 AM

If you’re coming from Android, you’ll be happy to know that Apple’s iOS updates arrive all at once. So if you own an iPhone 6s and an iPad 2, you’ll probably get iOS 9.1 updates for both at the same time.

This is important to keep in mind as we head towards the iOS 9.1 release date, thought to be sometime in October. If you think you want iOS 9.1 and its emojis right away, you’ll want to start checking for the update around 10AM PT.

Just make sure you prepare and set aside some time for Apple’s milestone update. The prep work you do ahead of time the better.

Global iOS 9.1 Release Times

Apple releases its iOS updates for everyone all at once. That means that people in the United States will get the update at the same time as those outside of the U.S.

While the iOS 9.1 update should roll out in the late morning and early afternoon in the United States, those of you in other parts of the world should plan to stay up late or wake up early to download the iOS 9.1 update and its new emojis.

iPhone 6S Plus iOS 9.0.2 - 6

If you live in a region outside the U.S., here’s what you can expect from your iOS 9.1 release time. We’ve covered a few of the major countries but if you don’t see your region listed here, you’ll simply need to convert from 9AM-10AM PT.

  • London, England – 6 PM
  • Moscow, Russia – 9 PM
  • New Dehli, India – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai, China – 1 AM
  • Tokyo, Japan – 2 AM
  • Melbourne, Australia – 3 AM
  • Auckland, New Zealand – 5 AM

If Apple fails to confirm a specific iOS 9.1 release date, you’ll have a much harder time planning for the iOS 9.1 release time. You can narrow it down a bit though.

Apple always releases its updates between Monday and Friday so there will be no reason to check for the release on Saturday or Sunday.

iOS 9.1 Release Date

We’ve mentioned the iOS 9.1 release date. It’s currently unknown though we have some important clues that’ve helped us narrow it to a very specific window.

Apple’s new 12-inch iPad Pro is expected to ship with iOS 9.1 on board. The iPad Pro should go on sale in late October ahead of a November release. So, the iOS 9.1 update should be out before early November ends. It’ll probably be out much sooner than that though.

iPhone 6S Plus iOS 9.0.2 - 3

The Apple TV 4 release date is rumored for October. And as we’ve noted, iOS 9.1 is connected to the new Apple TV setup. So, you have to believe that Apple will release iOS 9.1 before the Apple TV 4 arrives on peoples doorsteps.

We’re expecting the iOS 9.1 release date to take place during the last two weeks of October. Perhaps, as soon as next week. Apple just released the iOS 9.1 beta 5, a sign that we’re getting very close to the update’s release to the public.

iOS 9.1 Release Time Problems

When iOS 9.1 arrives for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it will be available Over-the-Air through Settings or through iTunes.

We’re still not sure how big the iOS 9.1 update will be for each device but given what’s on board, it’s going to be larger than your standard bug fix update. We don’t expect it to require a ton of space to install though so don’t go crazy deleting files ahead of your iOS 9.1 release time.

iOS 9.1 isn’t iOS 9.0 but we’re still expecting trouble to emerge in and around the iOS 9.1 release time. Here’s why.


The iOS 9.1 is a milestone update and it’s coming with a bunch of new enhancements including emojis that people desperately want for the iPhone and iPad. Who wouldn’t want the middle finger, burrito and taco emojis?

We expect Apple’s servers to get slammed with requests right at the iOS 9.1 release time and this could lead to some initial hiccups. Apple’s iOS 9 release wasn’t nearly as bad as iOS 8 and iOS 7 but we still saw download problems. Come to the release date prepared and expect the problems to be the worst during the first 30 minutes.

Of course, these initial download problems are just part of the story. We always see bugs and other problems plague iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users right after the release time.

Apple’s put its iOS 9.1 update through an extensive beta process but that doesn’t mean that problems won’t slip through the cracks. They will. Common iOS 9 problems include battery drain, Wi-Fi issues and problems with various apps.

If you want to avoid download issues and/or problems with iOS 9.1 itself, avoid downloading the update right at its release time. Wait a few hours, maybe even a few days, for the smoke from the release to settle. You’ll be in much better shape if you do.

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Apple will reportedly skip an October launch event which means that it might not talk about the iOS 9.1 release date on stage.

While Apple might not confirm an iOS 9.1 release date on stage, we have a pretty good idea about to expect from the iOS 9.1 release. 

The iOS 9.1 update will almost certainly be the software that arrives on board the new 12-inch iPad Pro in early November. The iOS 9.1 release could come earlier than that though. 

With an Apple TV 4 release set likely for late October, there's a very good chance that the iOS 9.1 release date will land sometime this month. Why? Because you'll need iOS 9.1 to setup the Apple TV 4 with an iOS device.

Apple's been releasing rapid fire iOS 9.1 betas, a sign that the public release is getting closer and closer. You should start keeping an eye out starting in mid-to-late October and be on the lookout for concrete Apple TV 4 release date details. 



  1. tony tyler

    10/15/2015 at 2:22 am

    Probably the most useless article I ever did read ever about anything.

  2. John Smith

    10/15/2015 at 10:23 am

    The person who wrote this article is a complete twat.

  3. Joe

    10/16/2015 at 3:33 am

    Adam Mills… couple of questions for you… Did you get paid to write this article?? So many words and absolutely nothing said. Are you really a politician? I’m amused at how much time you’ve made me waste now (and i realise the irony of spending more time complaining about it but for the love of god/science… you had to be called up on this)

  4. Tim

    10/19/2015 at 2:16 am

    Lmao I thought I was the only one who thought this article was complete trash.

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