Apple seeds iOS 9.1 beta 1 to public testers

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Following the release of iOS 9.1 beta 1 to developers, Apple on Thursday seeded the first beta of iOS 9.1 to public testers. The software is available either over-the-air, for those running the latest iOS 9 beta, or via Apple’s Beta Software Program website.

As announced yesterday, iOS 9.1 will bring about new features for the just-announced iPad Pro, such as support for Apple’s new Smart Keyboard and Pencil accessories. The update also includes support for Unicode 8, which will add several new emoji.

Keep in mind that Apple hasn’t released iOS 9 to the public yet, as it’s been in beta since it was introduced in June. The company did release a GM version of the software yesterday, though, and announced that it will be officially available on September 16.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with things, iOS 9 includes a number of reliability and performance improvements, as well as new features. Among those features are Apple’s new News app, enhanced Siri and Maps, and new productivity tools for iPad.