Apple releases iOS 9.1 with 150 new emoji, Live Photos improvements, and more

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.

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