iOS 9 causes sound problems with various apps and games. iOS musicians – tread carefully

Well, folks, if there's anything we've learned, it's that major software updates rarely go smoothly. The rule applies to both Android and iOS, as both have had their fair share of troubles the last time major updates occurred – iOS 8 had problems with connectivity and TouchID, while Android 5 Lollipop introduced a memory leak and battery drain issue for many users.

iOS 9 seems to be stable so far, with no massive usage breaking bugs reported by users, but with as many apps as there are in the App store, it was only a matter of time until unpredictable issues started to pop up. Apparently, Apple's tinkering with the mobile operating system caused some apps' and games' sounds to go haywire.

The reports we've found so far include Telltale Games' “The Wolf Among Us”. After updating to iOS 9, the game will no longer play any music, and the audio to some of the dialog lines is missing. The company has confirmed that it is aware of the issue and is looking for ways to deal with it, though no update is yet available.

Another issue — and this one is a bit more serious for those who use their iPads for audio production — Positive Grid's “Bias Amp” and “Bias FX” guitar processing apps have begun introducing hiss and pop effects when users have both Stereo Mode and Ultra Low Latency modes on, or when effects such as the octaver are on. The issue has been reported by users that are on the iPad Air 2 – pretty much the best iPad you can get right now. The app developer hasn't replied to the issue report thread, but we have to assume a fix is in the works. For now, iOS-using musicians should tread carefully and read user reports about the various apps, before taking the plunge and updating.

Other apps that seem to lose their voice after an iOS update include the brain-training Lumosity. Users that have complained report that the developer is aware of the issue and claims it's on Apple's end.

A smaller percentage of users have reported that their notifications are not producing any sounds. The suggested fixes for this issue vary from hard-resetting the iDevice (hold home button and power button until it restarts), to muting notifications and restarting, simply disabling and re-enabling Bluetooth, and resetting Network Settings.

It is unknown if all these issues are bound by the same problem, or if it's a variety of bugs causing each specific one. The latest iOS 9.0.2 update, which was pushed yesterday, doesn't seem to address them, however.

Have you noticed sounds going haywire on your iDevice, after updating to iOS 9? Let us know what else there is to look out for.



1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That's a bug I would not expect.

13. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Jesus cApple please STOP making smartphones anymore ..! You SUCK!

18. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Another day, another Apple fail

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Still better than laggypop, which is a bug in itself.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I am android guy but I gotta agree to that one. At least in Apple's case a bug can be fixed in a more timely manner.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Oh I know how you love is and iPhone so much that you would rather trade your galaxy S6 with the new iPhone? :/

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

I won't. Not unless they use a similar grade display panel. Also android is a necessary evil for me. I require to do certain tasks and run certain apps that aren't available on iOS.

9. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Please guys don't compare S6 with a crap called iphone6S.

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Then stop s**tting on Android if it's the only OS that gets the job done for your needs.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

When exactly did I say bad about android. I hate lollipop, not android. Kitkat was great and marshmallow can be good.

26. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This.... For me it was F-G-I-J-K....... then it will be M No L.

36. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

why can't he have criticism of android ? He uses it so he has the right to complain . you're an android sheep

19. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

You sound irrational mate

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The memory leak problem primarily spread out to Nexus devices and Samsung high-end phones, neither my LG G2 nor my Xperia Z1 suffered from it. The battery drain issue could easily be resolved as it turned out the main culprit was wifi being always on, which you can turn off in the wifi advanced settings. Apps like Google + and Photos seemed to drain quite a bit of battery too, considering i use neither it was a no brainer what to do about it. Even so Android 5.1.1 seems to be working better than 5.0.2, smoother and bugfree so far.

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

There is a bug related to mobile data radio and it's getting on my nerves. It's finally fixed in 6.0 and it makes lollipop a very very bad experience.

20. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I'd suggest having a good hard look at the apps you've got running as one or more are the likely reason behind the constant mobile data use. Google's power management should supply you with all the info you need about which app has used how much time on your data connection. I had a wallpaper app on my phone previously that drained 10% of my battery without having been used for weeks. Obviously it got deleted

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you be specific? I havent heard such. You have to consider that all phones use different brands of radios.

27. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My dad's Z1 Compact seem to be working good with L but I am afraid of upgrading my Z3 Compact... they seem to be buggier... so I will go from K to M

34. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Though with Sony you might be waiting till next summer before they make Marshmallow available for the z3 series. But they'll make sure it works solid with the device.

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Seems to me that iOS are more prone to bugs and serious problems than Android updates, probably because Apple barely bothers with testing before releasing them these days. I prefer waiting a few months to get a damn near bugfree OS update than getting an update that breaks stuff.

14. MSi_GS70 unregistered

OMG problems after problems.. And NEVER admit that iphone is crap.. always ifans will be pardoning every fail .. Just as I said b4.. If apple would start selling non working or damaged phone iFans will go ; that is fine as long as it is iphone am fine with it..:DDD

43. Uncledeathpre980

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

Im a apple user but I prefer a Andriod more, Nonetheless I do admit that the IPhone is crap when it comes to updates, I sometimes blame Apple for its "testing policies"

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My Lollipop doesn't lag. Its not an Android issue. many Android issues can be related to specific OEM's.

3. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Apple should just fix iOS 9 and stay there. Or do what they did with OSX, stop at iOS 10 and fix every single bug that they can.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014


33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Soundsgoods, soundsgreats soundsright. You are a soundman. :-)

8. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Line Messenger notifications also under notifications can not be cleared. After updating Line does not open right away and has a bit of lag before opening back up.

17. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

One Question to phonearena: Two days ago, the articles were praising the iPhone 6s/6s Plus even giving them an excellent review score. Now the page is filled with articles about problems with Iphone 6s/ios9. I believe that given that the phone performed well in the review, they should give some time to apple, if there is a problem, before posting these articles. Alternatively, the review of the phones should be delayed until it becomes comprehensive, taking into account these problems. P.S: These comments are from an android user. So no bias towards apple at all.

24. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

They're just doing their job by streaming actual news to readers. News moves fast so there's that. Software bugs don't add cons to phones in reviews so nothing's wrong here.

21. shinywindow unregistered

But iPhone arena's ray s. Rated 6s a 9.2!! Say it ain't so!! Pos website and their krapple phone lol

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