iOS 9.1 Beta vs iOS 9.0 Speed Test on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S [VIDEO]


With the release of iOS 9, some users with older devices such as the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 have complained their devices have seen decreased performance after the update. With iOS 9.1 beta already in the hands of developers, how does this upcoming version compare versus iOS 9.0?

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EverythingApplePro wanted to find out and posted the following video comparing performance on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S—check it out below:

From the video, it seems like the differences in iOS 9.1 versus iOS 9.0 are marginal, but of course once later updates arrive we should see more bug fixes and performance improvements. Oh, and once iOS 9.1 arrives, you’ll get to use the hockey stick and puck emoji, so that’s something else to look forward to!


  • Shameer Mulji

    I’ve always maintained that Apple should’ve been a bit aggressive with iOS 9 and gone 64-bit only. Yes, it sucks for those that have 32-bit devices but it’s better than delivering a “poor” user experience. Hopefully, they take that stance with iOS 10.

  • Parksy

    I could be very wrong, but I think that the people who care to have the latest and greatest (ie. more than security updates) are likely already using a newer iOS device. Apple could even use this as a way to get them to upgrade!

  • Shameer Mulji

    In the most recent earnings call, Tim mentioned that only 27% to 30% of the iPhone install base upgraded to iPhone 6 / 6 Plus. That means approximately 70% of the users are on an iPhone 5s or older. And that doesn’t include people that may switch from Android. So there is a lot of headroom to drive upgrades.

    But I still think the right thing to do was to make iOS 9 64-bit only

  • He really should do the UI speed tests more than once and take an average or the fastest. Actions don’t take the -exact- same amount of time to complete -every- single time; everyone should know that.i deally, sure, but in the real world, nope.
    I’d be interested to see if that would actually be the case with his tests.

  • hub2

    The “right thing to do” from a business perspective, not a customer relations one.

    Excluding iPhone 5 from iOS9 would have meant much slower adoption and cause fragmentation.

    It would NOT have induced me to get a new iPhone. I’m already pissed at them for starting the 6S at 16 GB storage, and still not having optical image stabilization in the 6S model. That’s 2 strikes, so I’m not busting down doors to get the new model ASAP, but chances are I will in the winter when supplies stabilize. Cutting 32-bit support at this time would’ve been strike 3 and show that they cared more about their bottom line than their customers, so I would’ve held onto my 5 for another year.

  • jabohn

    iOS 9.1 beta is definitely snappier on my iPhone 6. iOS 9 had a bit of a lag and sometimes I had to tap things twice.