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iOS 9.1 released to all with new Emoji and more, here’s what changed

by Todd Haselton | October 21, 2015October 21, 2015 9:58 am PDT

Apple released iOS 9.1 for all on Wednesday, which includes more than 150 new Emoji and will also support new features such as the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. The update, while available for some, seems to be rolling out around the world — some folks are noting that they aren’t seeing the update just yet.

One new feature that we think is going to be particularly compelling for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is a tweak to Live Photos. Now, when you go to snap a picture, iOS 9.1 will be able to tell when you’re lifting or lowering your iPhone, which will prevent it from recording Live Photos of you placing your phone back in your pocket after snapping a picture.

There’s plenty more. Here’s a look at the full release notes:

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:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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