iOS 9 Release Time: 7 Things to Expect
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iOS 9 Release Time: 7 Things to Expect



Today, Apple confirmed the iOS 9 release date though it failed to confirm a specific iOS 9 release time. With an iOS 9 release date on the horizon, we want to take a look at a few things you can expect from Apple’s next big iOS release.

The iOS 9 update has been official since June. At WWDC 2015, Apple confirmed the iOS 9 update, an iOS 9 beta and the iOS 9 release window for the fall. This is precisely what Apple did at WWDC 2014 and most expected the iOS 9 release date to follow in the iOS 8 release date’s steps and arrive in September.


Today, Apple finally confirmed the key iOS 9 release details. The update will be arriving on September 16th, a Wednesday. The update will be landing for all iOS 8 powered devices and it will arrive a few days before the iPhone 6s release date. The iPhone 6s release date is set for September 25th.

Apple confirmed the iOS 9 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but it failed to confirm a specific iOS 9 release time. Fortunately, we have a pretty good idea about when to expect the iOS 9 update in the United States and around the world.

Today we want to take a broad look at a few things you should expect from Apple and its iOS 9 release time. These will help you prepare your schedule, and your device, for Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 release date.

No Official Announcement

Do not expect Apple to make a big iOS 9 release time announcement ahead of the iOS 9 release date on September 16th.


This happened ahead of the iOS 8.4 release and Apple Music but that was an anomaly. Apple typically refrains from committing to a public, and specific, iOS release time. We’d be surprised if it announced anything concrete between now and the iOS 9 release.

iOS 9 Release Time U.S.

If you’ve been through an iOS release before, you probably have some idea about what to expect from the iOS 9 release time. If that’s the case, this will serve as a reminder. If you haven’t, here’s what you can expect from Apple.

If you live in the United States you can expect the iOS 9 release to come in the morning or early afternoon depending on your location.

Apple’s iOS releases typically come between 9AM and 10AM PDT, give or take a few minutes. We expect this from the iOS 9 release time. If you’re too lazy to convert PDT to your time zone, here’s what that will look like:

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

Global iOS 9 Release Time

If you don’t live in the United States, you’re probably going to be looking at a much different iOS 9 release time. Apple will roll iOS 9 out to everyone all at once but it might be much later, or earlier, where you are.

iOS-9-9 1.57.38 PM

Here’s what we expect from some major cities around the world. Again, give or take a few minutes. It could come earlier than 9AM PDT or a little later than 10AM PDT.

  • London – 5-6 PM
  • Moscow – 8-9 PM
  • New Dehli – 9:30-10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 12PM-1 AM
  • Tokyo – 1-2 AM
  • Melbourne – 2-3 AM
  • Auckland – 4-5 AM

Again, don’t expect Apple to confirm your exact time ahead of the release date. You’ll probably have to check your phone, tablet or the web, for the release.

WatchOS 2 Update Release Time

The iOS 9 update and the WatchOS 2 update for Apple Watch are linked together and we’re expecting Apple to roll out the new Apple Watch update in and around the same time that it releases the iOS 9 update.

iOS 9 Jailbreak Details

An iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak is possible but unlikely ahead of the iOS 9 release date.

We know that developers are working on an iOS 9 jailbreak but it’s still not clear if it will be ready for Wednesday’s release. Jailbreak developers probably won’t tip their hand ahead of time either.


Even if developers fail to release an iOS 9 jailbreak on the iOS 9 release date, we’ll see some details emerge. It might just be developers telling jailbreakers to skip the iOS 9 release. It could be something more significant.

iOS 9 jailbreak or not, you can expect some information to emerge immediately after the iOS 9 update is released.

iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1 Downgrade to Open Up

Apple didn’t announce this on stage and it won’t announce this in the run up to the iOS 9 release date but you can expect the company to continue signing off on the iOS 8.4.1 update for a short time after the iOS 9 release date.

What this means is that you should be able to immediately downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1 if iOS 9 isn’t suitable on your device. We recommend getting familiar with the downgrade process right now because the option will be available for a limited time only.

iOS 9 Problems

We expect iOS 9 problems to emerge right after the iOS 9 release time on September 16th.

The initial problems will likely be related to iOS 9 downloads and installations though we expect them to also include battery drain issues, connectivity problems, issues with apps, and more. These are the most common iOS problems and they occur after every update.

If you’re leery, you might want to avoid downloading during peak hours right at the iOS 9 release time. You’ll also want to take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS problems.

iOS 9 Release Date: 7 Important Details

iOS 9 Release: Devices Getting iOS 9

iOS 9 Release: Devices Getting iOS 9

At WWDC, Apple confirmed an iOS 9 release for several devices including the iPad 2, iPhone 4s, and original iPad mini. The iOS 9 beta was full of ups and downs but the company's plans haven't changed. The iOS 9 update will be coming to all iPhones, iPads and iPod touches capable of running iOS 8.

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch fifth-gen

No surprises here. The iPhone 4 will not be getting iOS 9 and iPod touch models older than the fifth-generation variant will stay on iOS 7 and below.  The iOS 9 update is the fifth major update for the iPad 2 and the fourth major iOS update for the iPhone 4s.

It's also worth noting that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be using the iOS 9 update as both will run the software right out of the box.

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  1. David Reinfelds

    09/15/2015 at 7:58 am

    Not 9AM PST but rather 9AM PDT

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