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After seeding iOS 9.1 beta 2 to developers yesterday, Apple has updated its public beta portal to lend 9.1 beta 2 access to participants in its public beta program. If you’re already a member of Apple’s public beta program, and you’re currently running iOS 9.1 beta 1, you can access the update right now via an OTA software update. If you’re not a current public beta participant, you may sign up via Apple’s beta website.

The benefit of using public beta is that you don’t have to pay the $99 annual fee to be a part of Apple’s developer program. This is great if you aren’t interested in deploying apps to the App Store, but do wish to test its latest software updates.

Apple has a release notes link to iOS 9.1 beta 2, but the link doesn’t actually go anywhere. As such, there’s not much information as to what all the update includes, although we’ve heard that iOS 9.1 will be what ships when the iPad Pro launches later this year. The 9.1 update also supports Unicode 8, and features new emoji characters.

Are you a part of Apple’s public beta program? Do you plan on updating to iOS 9.1 beta 2?

  • Makenna Caskey

    I’m updating at the moment. I like to be one of the first to discover the new features, and as for the bugs, apple usually doesn’t let those go by for long.

    • Newgunnerr

      Well they let noticable lag slip through the first 5 betas

      • ericesque

        Not exactly. The weird thing about lag in iOS 9 GM is that there wasn’t any in the betas. Also beta 3 and 4 had amazing battery life. Beta 5 was worse and then GM was worse yet. So what happened between those betas and GM is beyond me!

      • Jackson Grong

        Not sure what device you’re on, but I user all the public betas, iOS 9 official release and now the 9.1 beta 2. The lag is always same terrible on both my iPad Airs.

      • ericesque

        Ah. I guess I was mistaken. I was on the developer betas of iOS 9 and am now using the public 9.1 betas on a 6 Plus. I hadn’t heard any complaints of lag until iOS 9 GM, so I assumed it was a new issue.

  • Rob

    “Bleeding edge software” lol

    • You’re right. I cringed when I read that. And I wrote it. Shameful. Changed. lol.

      • bub

        i did a clean install of ios 9 and i can’t sync any music to my iphone anymore..the sync process finishes but the songs doesn’t get transferred..the songs remains greyed out under the music section of the phone in tunes.i am neither subscribed to apple music nor itunes match.any help will be appreciated????

      • VITICO

        i had this issue a few times.. I would just close itunes and open it again til it fixed.. im scared to back up my phone now thinking i might lose everything.. smh

      • Stop doing beta ios’s

      • bub

        i am using the public release of ios 9 not beta version

  • 5723alex .

    Installing now on iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 1

  • Lordrootman

    Finally I start loving my iPad Air 2 again with this update Thanks apple for fixing my lock rotation issue

  • Hydro Mac

    What good is the beta program if they release a major update with a bunch of bugs still in it and two days later they release another one with bugs that should have been fixed in the first one and the second release but are still there.

    • Hot12345

      Haha, it’s true, every iOS update they release it the GM version still lacks of bugs.

  • singhay559

    Shitty as ios again. Wdf apple

  • Daniel Beecham

    To go back to 9.0 from 9.1 Beta do i just need to restore my phone??

    • Michael Stair

      No just download iOS 9 from the computer hook your iPhone up and just update

    • Shavuot Solrac

      Yes but careful the iPhone will act


    Phew..!! Thank god I updated to IOS 9.1 public Beta 2 from IOS 9. It was so damn laggy. It is much much better than IOS 9 in terms of overall smoothness.

  • Juan Genao

    Im on Beta 9.1, If I leave the program and delete the profile from my phone will it move me to the regular update track once they pass 9.1 ?

    • Shavuot Solrac

      No i try this but don’t let me…the only way its to connect you iPhone to iTunes and do a restore