iPhone 5 iOS 9 Update: 10 Things to Know After Two Weeks

The iPhone 5 iOS 9 update is two weeks old. In those two weeks we’ve seen a number of new details emerge (including two new iOS 9 updates) and today we want to recap and take a look at the most important things we’ve learned about the iPhone 5 iOS 9 release.

In June, Apple confirmed plans to release yet another iOS update for its aging former flagship from 2012. The iPhone 5, a device that started with iOS 6 on board, would be getting the iOS 9 update that Apple had planned for the fall.

In mid-September, Apple made good on its promise and released the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update. And while the iPhone 5 isn’t the spring chicken that it once was, Apple managed to pack a ton of features and enhancements into the device’s upgrade.

Two weeks ago, we downloaded and installed the iPhone 5 iOS 9.0 update. A week ago, we installed the iOS 9.0.1 update. And yesterday, we installed Apple’s brand new iPhone 5 iOS 9.0.2 update. Yes, we’ve seen seen three iOS 9 updates roll out in three weeks. That list doesn’t include the new iOS 9.1 beta for iPhone 5.

We’ve been taking a close look at the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update and today we want to tell you about a few things that we’ve learned about the current state of the update and the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update’s future. Keep these in mind as we push ahead towards the iPhone 5’s iOS 9.1 release.

iPhone 5 iOS 9 Performance: Mostly Good

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iPhone 5 iOS 9 Performance: Mostly Good

We've used all three iOS 9 updates on the iPhone 5 and thus far, we've mostly had a good experience with Apple's brand new software. However, there is one issue that's been plaguing our device and we're concerned that it might not go away without a factory reset. 

The good: The iPhone 5 iOS 9 update is holding up well in key areas like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and app performance. We haven't run into any major bugs though the device continues to struggle in one very important area. 

The bad: The UI feels sluggish and jerky. We can't even open a folder without experiencing a little stutter. The same thing happens when we swipe to the right to open up Spotlight Search. It lags. 

This is an issue that we've been dealing with since the release of iOS 8.1 and that's why we're convinced that it's not going to go away without a factory reset of the device. 

For now, iOS 9's features and performance and other areas make the software tolerable on the iPhone 5 and we're hopeful that the iOS 9.1 update helps dislodge these speed issues. We'll see. 

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26 Comments

  1. Ochonu

    10/01/2015 at 10:33 pm

    9.01 or 9.02 doesn’t install it just hangs for days on verifying or installing. I have to do a soft reset before I can use my phone

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  2. Ochonu

    10/01/2015 at 10:36 pm

    Sorry I mean iPad air the latest version hangs it cannot install 9.01 or 9.02

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  3. Trisha

    10/02/2015 at 6:55 am

    Can we return the unit? I recently bought iphone 6plus and updated it to ios9.01 and now no facebook kept on hanging wife problems? Please help

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  4. Igwota

    10/02/2015 at 8:26 am

    Jackross reply is inappropriate. It is an advertisement rather than a solution to iPad/iPhone problem we are having! I suggest that it is unhelpful and should be deleted by the moderator of this site

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  5. marivic

    10/05/2015 at 10:04 pm

    i updated to 9.02, now i can not download my emails

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  6. Maik

    10/06/2015 at 3:12 am

    what i cannot understand is that Apple does bot find the reason for the vpn-problems which are making receiving emails from my company’s Exchange server impossible.

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  7. Nishant

    10/06/2015 at 4:37 am

    Should i update my i5 to ios9..?? i’m afraid that my device will be slow down after upgrading the IOS..

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  8. Alan

    10/07/2015 at 3:23 am

    Every update to correct bugs brings new problems. Why?

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  9. Allysan

    10/07/2015 at 6:02 pm

    Even after the upgrade to 9.0.2 my alarms freeze my phone. I am having to do a hard reset on my phone at least twice a day. Any idea how to fix this??!!

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  10. Jogi

    10/09/2015 at 12:24 pm

    My gamecenter doesnt work..have iPhone 6s. More people got this problem?

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  11. LilBit

    10/10/2015 at 9:30 pm

    I have iPhone fives S version 9.0.2, my phone is freezing up constantly, I can’t type more than two or three words and it text without it freezing. It is freezing on my home screen on my lock screen. MyTouch function has become more difficult to use. My correct word voice is very sluggish and sounds drunk. Phone is lagging very badly, I’m even having problems loading this message. Have tried three times to submit hasn’t worked yet. I am very disappointed in Apple, I just wish I could take this back to the original settings. I would like an answer directly from Apple.

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  12. Charles

    10/12/2015 at 11:08 am

    Since updating my iPhone 5C with 9.0.2, I have a ton of photos 493 (of which most were previously deleted) and 104 videos (which most were deleted) too. I think apple downloaded all photos from the Cloud onto my phone. Very frustrating as I have to now go in and individually delete most of them. The new 9.0.2 also added the following folders: Music, Wallet and Find Friends. They seem mostly useless with not much “value add”.

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  13. Mick

    10/13/2015 at 2:05 pm

    Since updating to 9.02 on my iPhone 5 my contacts show ALL email addresses I’ve ever used along with contacts. Even when I select contacts only from the group menu, it doesn’t save this setting when you close the window. Most annoying.

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  14. L Biely

    10/14/2015 at 11:54 am

    The iOS9.2 update has been disasterous for my beloved iPad mini as the Game Center presents a blank white page, response time is slow, apps freeze and it is difficult to remove an app. With that said I would like to know why this happened and what/ when is Apple going to do to fix this disasterous update that has left me with a level of frustration and a dislike for this iPad and rethinking the use of Apple products. Help…

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  15. Tram

    10/15/2015 at 7:51 pm

    I am unable to use phone application in my iphone 5s after upgrading to IOS 9.0.2. Having tried to itune, restarted, reset network setting, but phone app is still not working. Help please

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  16. Rick

    10/15/2015 at 8:46 pm

    have an I phone 5S and updated to 9.0.2. Now my phone is calling people without my knowledge and not even showing as an outgoing call. People are calling me back asking why I called and I have no answer.
    Also my text message entry point looks like a Calculator with zeros and a decimal point. It doesn’t let me type anything. The Bluetooth in my truck started to ignore the phone and not recognize it until I restart my phone. Sometimes I do this to her three times a day. What in the hell is going on?

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  17. Rebecca

    10/17/2015 at 9:33 am

    I have the IPhone 5 version 9.0.2, and noticed that after this update:

    1.
    While using my regular Jabra headset (with play/pause feature on the microphone cable included) to playback an audiobook on Overdrive app, music from my Music library would come on automatically when I pressed the pause button, and my Up Next feature would fill up with the rest of the album, and I could not return to my Overdrive audiobook. Plus, my Overdrive app would stop at the end of each section or part without any prompting from me. (It used to be that, unless I paused it, the sections flowed from one end to the beginning of another.)

    Fiddled with clearing my Up Next feature in my Music app . This did not fix anything.

    Finally, I moved my Music app icon to the very final page of my phone, it is sitting on that page all by itself, and my headset is working with my iPhone properly now.

    2.
    As for the battery life, I have started using the low power mode that came with this update and was pleasantly surprised with how well it has actually worked.

    The only drawback from my perspective (slight though it may be, and not a “deal breaker”): the unit returns to “normal” power mode automatically after it senses that it has been charged enough (I believe this was created so the unit can refresh apps).

    Wish I could keep it on “low” power mode… So, I’ve been re-setting it. (I can certainly choose the “normal” setting if I wanted to refresh my apps.) The low power mode actually helps me in my daily use.

    Please note that my knowledge of the above items come from being an iPhone user only, don’t really know why moving the Music app worked for the first issue… But it did, so I hope it works for others.

    Good luck!

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  18. Ana B.

    10/17/2015 at 3:34 pm

    For me one if the worst parts is the email search function. It’s almost useless. Can’t go back to the search results and only searches people and subject, not message content. Terrible!

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  19. Dara Barrett

    10/19/2015 at 9:36 pm

    Every time I try to look at a link via FB or Trip advisor, for example, I get kicked back to my thumbnail page…so frustrating..totally regretting doing any 9.0 updates! Don’t do them!!!!

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  20. Wendy

    10/20/2015 at 12:42 am

    Since the upgrade I cannot retrieve my emails on either my iPhone5 or iPad.

    Additionally, it’s not updating my Facebook feed.

    Thoroughly fed up with it.

    Any idea how long it’ll be before we get a fix?

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  21. Sam

    10/20/2015 at 9:05 pm

    so I have an Iphone 5s and since the new upgrade, I CANT LOAD ANYTHING!!! Facebook, games, safari, etc. The only three things that work are my already purchased music, my messages app, and my calls app. I CANT EVEN CHECK FOR UPDATES!!!! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

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  22. M. Taylor

    10/26/2015 at 6:50 pm

    With iOS 9.02 I lost SAFARI and BOTH cameras! I just wasted another 15 min. reading a page and a half of little more than “9.02 is broke”. I’m moving on to a page with information.

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  23. John Michaels

    12/08/2015 at 8:06 am

    Like many others, I am finding double, triple, or quadruple battery drainage, especially with Safari and email, and also legs and delays in responsiveness . The interesting thing is – the symptoms started about a week ago when I was still on iOS 7. I upgraded to iOS 9 in hopes of improving battery life and general responsiveness, but nothing doing, if anything it is worse. Many have posited that it is a worm constantly seeking other victims, which would make sense given that the massive battery drain only happens when working on the Internet. More interestingly, mail eats up more batteries then YouTube. Have tried all of the usual fixes, turning off all background refresh, location services, etc. A new insights or suggestions on this weirdness would be greatly appreciated.

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  24. Bubbles

    12/28/2015 at 1:13 pm

    My iPhone 5c keeps freezing ever since i got the update. I answered a phone call and the notification panel slid down in the middle of the call, then it jammed and wont slide up. i cant even unlock or turn off my phone because the touch options wont allow me to do anything beyond the stuck notification panel’s. Please help?

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  25. Binish

    03/24/2016 at 5:01 pm

    Should I need to update my iPhone 5c to iOS 9 ??? Confused

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  26. John

    09/04/2016 at 1:58 am

    I can’t actually get the update on ios 9 my phone’s version remains to as ios 8.4 it is so annoying that I can’t update it. What do you think might the problem on my phone? Please help

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