iPhone How's iOS 9 on an iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by asoksevil, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    Anybody else still rocking an iPhone 5?

    I currently have iOS 7 and I need to update it because of some functionality and app compatibility. I worry about the performance as I feel iOS 6 was the best one on my iPhone 5.

    Thanks!
     
  2. se95dah macrumors member

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    I'm extremely happy with 9.2.1 on my wife's 5. I think it compares very well with the 6... but others on here will have you believe it's an unusable laggy mess. Best to look at some videos to get a feel for which side you are on
     
  3. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Its ok, Its slower than iOS 8 and there is more jittering. Battery life is abysmal. From my epxeirnce its the best 'third' update ever for any iPhone (3GS on iOS 6, 4 on iOS 7, 4S on iOS 8).
     
  4. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    iOS 6 was the best in terms of raw speed and UI fluidity, but don't worry. It's got the exact right combination of GPU, screen size and RAM to be very nice even on iOS 9. If you upgraded to 7 anyway, definitely go ahead.

    UI seems smoother than even on my 6s, which is very possible due to iPhone 5 NOT using Metal as does 5S and newer models. Metal is not very well optimized.
     
  5. vertsix macrumors 65816

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    That has been fixed with 9.3 for the most part. You'll now be able to notice how much slower the 5 is compared to your 6s.
     
  6. eicca macrumors regular

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    I have zero complaints starting at 9.2. Works nice and fluid on mine. 9.3 should be even better.
     
  7. asoksevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

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    How a abysmal is the battery life ?
     
  9. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    3/4 hours without battery saving mode turned on. I got better life on iOS 7 and 8. My battery reports 95 percent health, and was replaced about 9 months ago.
     
  10. heyitsmeneil macrumors member

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    Will it get the Night Shift feature anytime soon?
     
  11. Radon87000 macrumors 601

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    DO NOT UPGRADE!If you are on iOS 7 there will be a huge slowdown in performance
     
  12. craig1024 macrumors regular

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    I used an iPhone 5 on iOS 9 until christmas the performance and battery life is fine as long as you disable background app refresh and the new spotlight search features.
     
  13. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    To be fair, it isn't a huge slow down, but there is certainly a slow down.
     
  14. saudor macrumors 6502

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    I think ios9 is just buggy. Even on an iPad Air 2, it stutters at weird times. Same with the 5S. Usually it's ok though
     
  15. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Like some others in this thread, I am also in the "Do not update your iPhone 5 to iOS 9" camp, the slowdowns are noticeable.

    Unless you really, really need the new features of iOS 8 and 9.
     
  16. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    I really don't agree with all the people who says iOS 9 runs terrible on the iPhone 5. That is simply not the case. The iPhone 5 runs iOS 9.3 better than the iPhone 5s and 6, relatively speaking.
     
  17. Radon87000 macrumors 601

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    It runs worse than it would on iOS 7.Thats the point here
     
  18. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I find iOS 9 on my iPhone 5 not to be that bad. A little slower but not that bad.
     
  19. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    The iPhone 5 is an amazing survivor, surviving iOs 6 to iOS 9. It runs iOS9 fine. Yes it is not purely smooth, but that smoothness was already gone with iOS7. One big issue is its small battery (smaller than even the 5c), even if it's new. Add to the fact that most people's iPhone 5 is more than 2 years old, battery life will be the problem.
     
  20. asoksevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the replies guys.

    I had to update, needed due to app compatibility. There's a noticeable slowdown compared to iOS 7 but still acceptable to my standards.
     
  21. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Looks like you need to update your signature.
     
  22. Sean_1799 macrumors newbie

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    If you do a clean install, disable some unneeded features, the performance is not that bad
     
  23. asv56kx3088 macrumors 6502

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    iOS 9 has a similar performance on iPhone 5, comparing with 8.4.1
     
  24. mich070 macrumors regular

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    What makes you notice that the performance went down? What do u use ur phone in every day life? Like what apps etc. Is it your primary phone?
     
  25. asoksevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Haha, will do.

    I notice it when opening or switching apps, when typing on the keyboard... but I do have to say that Safari's performance has greatly improved. On iOS 7 some websites would take ages to load, but it's way faster on iOS 9.
     

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