iOS 9.2 on iPhone 5s?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by iphonefreak450, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I am really hesitant to install the 9.2 update on my 5s.
    Has anyone experienced any issues or lagging problems on iPhone 5s?
    I do still want to keep my 5s because I love the smaller size compared to the 6s.
    Still running 8.3 on it.

  2. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    The difference between 8.3 and 9.2 is night and day, some will tell you that it is better, that there is no lag but it is. You can still use 8.3, it works great, u can still install almost every app. So I would strongly advise you not to upgrade to 9.2.
  3. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    Ok, thanks!!! Glad I asked because I was just thinking to do it.
    I really do not like the 6s. Its big for me and too thin.
    So when would be the best time to really upgrade then?
  4. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    If ios 9 stays the way it is, I would never upgrade, just buy a new phone. But you could upgrade right before ios 10 which will be even a bigger disaster.
  5. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    Are you also still on iOS 8 yourself?

    I will stick with 8.3 then until I buy a newer iPhone.
    Also, I really do not install apps like most people do. I keep it pretty simple and basic.

    However, I heard rumors that the next iPhone release will include a 4 inch one as well. Which I would love because I do not like big and thin phones...

    If it isn't broke, why fix it :)
  6. HankHowdy, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015

    HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    9.2 does run better than any iOS 9 build on the 5S. For me it wasn't too far off from 8.4. I thought it was worth it for the extra features.

    However 9.0.2 was not worth the update. I would have rather stayed on iOS 8.
  7. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    I honestly think it's fine. Still runs fast and smooth for me.

    The thing is iOS 8 the apps launch a tad faster which is the main difference. Otherwise, speed performance it's not far off. You get the battery saver mode and a sweet keyboard with a better, easier to read font.

    Otherwise just stick with iOS 8. My gf has iOS 8 on her 5s and honestly there's not a big difference as some of the hyperbole would lead you to believe. But it is noticeable especially in terms of how fast apps are launched and the speed of the animations.

    So if you feel it's best to wait for a later update, then by all means stick to iOS 8, as Once you update you can't go back.

    iOS 9 was supposed to improve, not slow down, but Apple seems to be having difficulty with that. It's worked for some devices like the 4s. But for the 64 bit devices in the 5s,6,6+ it hasn't proven to be faster than iOS 8 yet.

    But iOS 9 isn't some lag fest lol. It runs fine on the 5s
  8. gwhizkids macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2013
    I agree with the others who say it's fine on the 5s. No issues for me at all. I'm not someone who really cares if the screen stutters a tiny bit, which it does every once in awhile. Everything runs fine, app-wise. Would I say it's worth it for all the "great new features" if you are a frame-drop hater? No. But for 98% of us, it is just fine.
  9. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Its very laggy compared to 8.4.1 on my 6.I wouldnt upgrade if I were you
  10. cebixd macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2015
    Im running iOS 9.2.1 beta on my iPhone 5S and its pretty great. 2 week ago i was still on iOS 8.4.1. At the first i regret the update, but i got used to it
  11. oneshotpro Suspended

    Aug 13, 2014
    updated to 9.2 from 8.4.1, performance is about the same from my experience. occasional animation lag, but no massive slowdowns for instance when I went from iOS7 to 8 with a 4s.

    updated due to some apps no longer working on ios8 and would wait weeks for the developer to fix it.
  12. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    Yeah, I use 8.4.1, it s very close to ios 8.3 performance wise but I only updated for the music app.
  13. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Laggy ? I downloaded right away, and no lag on my 5S. Stock most everything, except 4 apps added.
  14. Tritto macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    No issues on my 5S either. The odd little jitter but nothing that ruins my experience or would prompt me to stay away.
  15. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    iPhone 5S running iOS 9.2 here. The best iOS ever seen so far. I strongly advise to update.

    The difference between iOS 8.3 and 9.2 is night and day .... in favor of 9.2.
    Some will tell you that 8.4 is better but it's not. Every new feature worth the update.
  16. cebixd macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2015
    You just stay on iOS 8. No need to update, the battery isn't any better.
  17. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Because one update the operative system for battery life ?
  18. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    What feature? I swear to god, you are everywhere.
  19. wproct macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2014
    I updated my 5s to 9.2 right away and no issues.
  20. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    Running 9.2 on a 5c and it's fine. iPod Touch 5th gen not so much though.
  21. sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    Maybe this "One":

    iOS 9.0

    With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature. And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.


    • Proactive assistance
    ◦ Presents relevant information even before you start typing
    ◦ Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions
    ◦ Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps
    ◦ Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail
    • Siri improvements
    ◦ Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names
    ◦ Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages
    ◦ Request directions via public transit
    • Spotlight search improvements
    ◦ Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices
    ◦ Simple math calculations and conversions
    ◦ Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results

    New iPad Features

    • Slide Over
    ◦ Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you’re in
    ◦ Easily switch between Slide Over apps
    ◦ Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
    • Split View
    ◦ View and interact with two apps at once
    ◦ Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another
    ◦ Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
    • Picture in picture
    ◦ Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps
    ◦ Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps
    • QuickType improvements
    ◦ Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad
    ◦ Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad
    ◦ Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts
    ◦ Support for all Unicode emoji flags

    Built-in Apps

    • Map improvements
    ◦ Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions
    in select major cities
    ◦ Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more
    ◦ Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
    ◦ Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities
    • Redesigned Notes app
    ◦ Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library
    ◦ Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap
    ◦ Sketch a quick thought using just your finger
    ◦ Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu
    • All-new News app
    ◦ Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics
    ◦ Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more
    ◦ Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic
    recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read
    ◦ Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later — even when you’re offline
    • Mail improvements
    ◦ Search improvements help you quickly find what you're looking for by filtering results based on
    sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options
    ◦ Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even
    your signature, then send it back — without leaving Mail
    ◦ Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document
    providers while composing a new message
    • Apple Pay and Wallet improvements
    ◦ Support for Discover cards
    ◦ Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
    ◦ To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the
    Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID
    • New iCloud Drive app
    ◦ Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added
    on your Mac
    ◦ Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose
    ◦ Organize folders and files
    ◦ Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen
    • CarPlay improvements
    ◦ Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices
    ◦ Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps
    ◦ Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers


    • Longer battery life
    ◦ Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery
    ◦ Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use
    ◦ Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours
    • Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later
    • iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better
    overall performance
    • Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for
    Touch ID devices

    Other improvements

    • New San Francisco system font
    • Leave a message option if recipient isn't available for a FaceTime call
    • Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet
    • Flight and package tracking for data detectors
    • Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state
    data types
    • HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security
    system accessories
    • Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and
    notifies you when new episodes become available for you
    • Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
    • Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
    • Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit
    /move-to-ios for more details

    Expanded language support

    • New PingFang Chinese system font
    • Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType
    • Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard
    • Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages
    • Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway
    • Added Spotlight search support for Mexico
    • New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish,
    Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu
    • Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and
    • Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium),
    German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
    • Spell check for Finnish and Korean
    • Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish
    • Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English
    • New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType
    • Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi

    Enterprise & Education

    • Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured
    • Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16
    • Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients
    • New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs
    • New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable
    AirDrop on managed devices
    • Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks


    • Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations
    • Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own
    • Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users
    • Additional customization of AssistiveTouch
    • Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys
    • Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played
  22. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I admire you re "copy-paste" skills, very good.
  23. eric3312 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    I updated my wife's iPhone 5s to 9.2 and everything seems to be working just fine for her. It's pretty snappy/smooth and she hasn't really had any issues to report. Hopefully this helps your decision.
  24. George Waseem macrumors regular

    George Waseem

    Jul 2, 2015
    I had iOS 8.4.1 on my 5s, I upgraded to iOS 9.2 because of the battery drain bug that I experienced on iOS 8.4.1, iOS 9.2 fixed my battery issues and doesn't seem to be bad at all, the only bug I experience is the control centre bug which I think is going to be fixed soon. iOS 9.2.1 seems to have a pretty bad battery life, upgrade now or you will be forced to stay iOS 9.2.1 which in my opinion is way worse than iOS 9.2.
  25. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Oh, the list is very long:
    Proactive Siri, Maps, Notes, iCloud Drive, ad blockers, additional customizations, battery saving features ...

    Exactly like I admire your attempts to downplay Apple in every post, signature included.

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