iOS 9.1 release notes

Apple just released iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software includes new emoji characters, Live Photos improvements, and the usual round of bug fixes.

One of the most notable addition to iOS 9.1 is the new set of 150 emoji, bringing the middle finger and a ton of other characters to iOS devices.

A major improvement for iPhone 6s users is the way iOS 9.1 will now handle Live Photos. The release notes for iOS 9.1 explain that Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, and will not record those movements that could bring a lot of awkwardness to Live Photos.

Jailbreakers should stay away from this update if they want to preserve their jailbreak, or the ability to do so.

The full change log is as follow:

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
  • Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching for some users
  • Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
  • Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

iOS 9.1 is available via an Over The Air update. You can check the availability of the update in Settings > General > Software Update. Note that the update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available.

What else is new in OS 9.1? Share your discoveries in the comments section below.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    Keeping an eye on Pangu

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    I wouldn’t expect it to patch the JB, Apple isn’t that fast

    • 5723alex .

      Yes, it did.

      • Adam W

        apple patched it in ios 8.1 b4

      • 5723alex .

        Should be iOS 9.1 beta 4.

      • leart

        7.1 beta 4

      • Adam W

        whoops, edited.

    • 5723alex .


      Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

      Impact: A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges

      Description: A heap based buffer overflow issue existed in the DNS client library. A malicious application with the ability to spoof responses from the local configd service may have been able to cause arbitrary code execution in DNS clients.


      CVE-2015-7015 : PanguTeam


      Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

      Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

      Description: A memory corruption issue existed in the kernel. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.


      CVE-2015-6979 : PanguTeam

    • Yes they are unfortunately…

  • James G

    That’s a modest file size for a .1 release.

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      ya, doesn’t seem that big for a .1 release

      • James G

        I just downloaded it for my 6s+ and it read as 313 MB. Not sure why his showed 31.3. Strange.

      • hkgsulphate

        same here. over 300 MB for my 5s

      • Tarek Al Shawi

        220 Mb on mini 1

      • wswalex

        via itunes its 1.8gb

      • p1noyako

        Yes, because you’re downloading the whole ispw lol

      • wswalex

        for future JB is better, i had in the past lots of trouble after a OTA update and during JB process stuff went to hell.. never gonna do a OTA update anymore

    • Martynet

      I think that screenshot was created on a device with iOS 9.1 beta… That’s why it’s only 30 Mb

  • Derp

    Somebody got screens of the emoji? post please. Is it actually brand new emoji or just skin tone updates?

    • Julio Hernandez

      Actual new ones like middle finger, taco, burrito, unicorn, cheese wedge, lion, crab, spider, and much more.

  • Steve Brea

    Pangu team will most likely make the jailbreak compatible with 9.1 very soon

    • James G

      That would be excellent.

    • Merman123

      It was patched since beta 4 of 9.1

    • Chris

      Based on what evidence?

      • burge

        Based on they would of waited for 9.1 if it wasn’t patched in the betas. They would of tried it with the betas to see if it’s patched.

  • Osiala

    It’s not released in Sweden

    • Klaus Noergaard

      It’s released in Denmark.

      • Osiala

        Still havent gotten it

      • EduHH


      • Klaus Noergaard

        IOS 9.1 is released in Denmark

      • EduHH

        Oh I thought you mean the Jailbreak for iOS 9.1

  • M L

    We can assume this breaks the jailbreak?

    • Diego

      Probably no.
      Lets wait for Pangu

      • Norbi Whitney

        Actually yes, it broke it already during the betas

      • Pulkit Maloo

        How do you know?

      • Pulkit Maloo

        Taig released the jailbreak for 8.3 just a week before 8.4 was going to be released, Apple couldn’t fix it in that short period of time

      • Norbi Whitney

        Apple release a bunch of betas before releasing the final version. Somewhere along the line, the current team (TaiG, Pangu, Evasi0n, etc) notices that their vunerabilty has been patched. At this point, their current method of jailbreaking becomes impossible.

        If they noticed this in a beta version, it’s guaranteed that the final release of that version will not work either, as they won’t “unpatch” a hole security between beta and final release.

        I’m not sure I’m being clear, but I’m not sure how else to explain it.

  • Kaptivator

    Will 9.1 it intelligently sense that my phone is not automatically backing up to iCloud and fix it?? Not trying to go nuclear and do a full reset of my 6s.

  • hkgsulphate

    the update file size is 219 MB for my iPhone 5s o_O

    • Norbi Whitney

      Probably, as they noted (in the keynote?), because they’re streamlining the OS’s by pushing different versions for different hardware.

  • schoeberlt

    What about Xcode 7.1?

  • Luke

    Released OS X 10.11.1 too.

  • Dale

    So is the jailbreak broken or not with new update?

    • Merman123

      Yes. Do not update.

      • Dale


  • Nick Greenway

    Does WatchOS 2.0.1 require IOS 9.1?

    • VWH

      I was wondering the same. Hope not.

    • Justin Linnell

      no, just installed on 9.0.2

  • Joel

    Apple has fixed it

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel


  • Brandon

    I noticed IAP prices have increased in 9.1 when you accept the new iTunes Terms & Conditions?

  • Blip dude

    hmm, still debating if I should update my 6S+ But keep my iPad Air 2 jailbroken. So far about 90% of my tweaks haven’t been updated and I would enjoy having some of the issue that 9.1 fixes well. . . fixed. I’ll see how thing go for the next week. And yes, I can live without a Jailbreak.

  • Ermek Djuzenov

    Is Apple still signing iOS 9.0.2.?

    • Blip dude


      • Ermek Djuzenov

        So should I update from 8.4 jail broken to iOS 9.0.2 or not?

      • Blip dude

        I don’t know, that choice is yours and only yours alone.

      • Bjones331

        From issues I’ve been seeing with the new jailbreak(boot loops, tweaks not updated) I would stay on iOS 8.4 jailbreak but that’s just me

      • Shadowelite123

        Not if you do it right. I jail broke 2 times and they both worked perfectly. No problems at all.

      • Shadowelite123

        kill me now lol i just tried updating cydia installer and the pangs untether package together and it sent me in a loop. waiting to download the ipsw so i can stay on 9.0.2

  • Guy

    Normally I would jailbreak all my iDevices. There something about this latest jailbreak that keeps me away. I’ll wait for the 9.1 or later jailbreak.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      The “Allow Access to Photos” step in the jailbreak process does look rather sketchy to me. If that’s what you’re referring to. It’s probably a vuln/exploit thing, though it does deter me from this current jailbreak at least. Let’s see what TaiG, K33n Team, and Pangu (maybe at a later stage) can do for 9.1.

      • Guy

        Updating all my iDevices to iOS 9.1. I’ll wait for the next jailbreak

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Hopefully one that doesn’t prompt you to access your Photos. That alone put me off, besides, I heard iOS 9.0.2 is still buggy for many users.

  • Tried on both my iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 3. Both working fine! Cydia is updated and up to now everything is doing just normal as a JB should do.

    • Jens Dideriksen

      Are you running jailbreak on 9.1?

      • No mate, of course not – 9.0.2 im using. I should of just waited as 9.1 beta was already broken in China and Pangu will most likely 99% release an update of the JB tool this week to JB the released 9.1 stable if the code still hasn’t changed.

        Edit: lol sorry, just noticed this is the wrong topic I have replied too, I meant to say the words previously to the 9.0.2 JB. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    Good Bye Jailbreak 🙁

  • Eikast

    Since I was in the beta, I never realized how small the update was. Anyway I love using iOS 9.1. I can’t wait to install this update when I get to WiFi

  • Julio M.

    I just installed the Pangu update and my phone went into the boot loop 🙁

    • Restor / Not update! then JB and it works fine! I think the guide should mention that making a clean restore then JB is the best option.

    • Rall. S

      reboot your phone again. don’t worry, it’s just an update from pangu to avoid 9.1 from your phone

  • sivkai

    If I upgrade to 9.1, can I downgrade to 9.0.2 before the window closes? And do I need the blobs?

    • Have blobs even worked since the iOS 5.x days??

  • hkgsulphate

    On my iPad mini when connected to the computer it does not show “not charging” anymore!

  • rubeN

    Damn. Looks like the 9.0.2 signing window is now starting to close

  • Greg B

    i hope this fixes the freezing problem… on 9.0.2 i have to force restart my phone as it freezing randomly when the screen is turned off. the phone won’t respond to pressing the home button or sleep button at all without force restarting it. alarms don’t work, text messages don’t come through, and notifications don’t work either. 🙁

  • Armed in the Villa

    I really miss my jailbreak, but 9.0.2 is so buggy and it lags like hell on my 6plus. I need to bite the bullet with this one. I trust the JB team to find an exploit in short order.

  • Furqan Ahmed

    In ios 9.1 its support whatsapp quick reply feature.

  • raulortiz318

    Still doesn’t fix slow animations in App Switcher and 3D Touch on Homescreen on a 6s Plus. Crazy how a brand new device stutters while doing these simple things.

    The only way to get 6s level performance on a Plus is to use “Reduce Transparency” in Accessibility settings.


    • White Michael Jackson

      You should have bought the 128gb model.

      • raulortiz318

        Ha ha, truly the Apple way 😉

    • Lance Baker

      I wonder how these issues affect some devices but not all? I don’t have an issues.

      • raulortiz318

        It is weird right? If you have a 6s Plus, try using a 3D Touch shortcut on Homescreen. Take note of the speed of animation, then do it again with “Reduce Transparency” enabled and see if you see a difference.

      • Lance Baker

        Well, I have a 6s. I’ve never noticed any animation stutters anywhere though.

      • raulortiz318

        Yeah 6s there are no issues. Buttery smooth 60fps all the way. My wife has one and that’s why I noticed the choppiness of the Plus!

  • Poporopo00

    None of these improvements are helping me in anything so Screw 9.1…for now.

  • I need to run to update my devices…

  • Shadowelite123

    Is Apple still signing 9.0.2? if so how do i restore to that version instead of 9.1?

  • Diras Ra

    On this version have Smart Cover (lock/unlock) back? Someone can tell me when u stay on 9.0.2 no Smart Cover and when update this version do u have Smart Cover back?

    • Shadowelite123


  • Steve R.

    9.1 fixed the lag issues I was having on my iPhone 6 😀

  • lookHOWMADheis

    Cmonnnnn really apple, 150 new emojis, really, should I delete my newly jailbroken iPhone just for those 150 new emojisssss ugh someone make a tweak this is apparently torturing the jailbreak community

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol…. apple is like windows with a new patch / update every month

  • Ermek Djuzenov

    Thank u

  • Niclas

    No, it is NOT closed. You can still restore to 9.0.2.

    • Ermek Djuzenov

      I know but it won’t let me telling me that the firmware is not compatible even though there’s only one to download

      • Niclas

        Corrupt download? Try to download it using different browser from another location.

      • Ermek Djuzenov

        Thanks man it really helped I’ve downloaded the firmware from other source and used Firefox instead of Chrome. Then updated to iOS 9.0.2. And successfully jailbroken

      • Niclas

        Welcome to the party 😉

      • Ermek Djuzenov

        Ure a lifesaver dude

  • @dongiuj

    iOS 9.1 still hasn’t sorted out my mail count. Still showing that I have one unread email at the bottom of the screen in the mail app. Been through the all emails repeatedly, there are NO unread emails. Why can’t they get this thing right?!

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      This happens to me from time to time particularly when trashing emails from a Gmail account, even on iOS 8. The trick is to just pull down to refresh a couple of times, quit the Mail app, launch it again, if the email badge is still there just wait for the Mail app to finish its loading/refreshing process. Reboot your phone if worse comes to worse. Also, make sure you’ve set your Mailbox Behaviour in the Advanced section of Mail settings to Move Discarded Messages Into “Deleted Mailbox” instead of “Archive Mailbox.” That’s how I set it and the issue hasn’t come up in a while. Again, this is for Gmail accounts.

      • @dongiuj

        For me this is with hotmail and it never shows the badge count on the app icon. It only shows it in the app at the bottom of the screen, permanently.
        Can’t see how Apple said it corrected it in this iOS update but clearly hasn’t.

  • For you who are still jailbreaking. What tweaks are you using which you feel are necessary?
    Any tips for iPad air 2?

  • Yearoftherat

    How is this final release different from the beta 9.1(13B137) which I’m currently running?