iOS 9.1 is here with new emoji, wallpapers and more


iOS 9.3 beta 6 is here!
iOS 9.3 beta 6 is here!
Photo: Apple

A ton of new emoji land on iOS devices today with the public launch of iOS 9.1.

Apple released iOS 9.1 this morning to users after five beta builds of the first big iOS 9 update were tested by developers. Among the new features: dozens of new emoji for everything from tacos, burritos, unicorns — and even a middle finger.

iOS users currently running iOS 9.0.2 can grab the new software via an over-the-air update or download it directly from iTunes.

Here’s everything that’s new in the update:


New wallpapers of Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and a desert landscape.

Tweaked shift and delete keys

The evolution of the iOS keyboard, revealed!
Image Eli Schiff/Twitter

iOS 9 made more obvious when the Shift key is selected. In iOS 9.1, Apple enlarged the glyphs for shift and delete a bit.


Unicode 7 Emojis in iOS 9-1
iOS 9.1 will get all of Unicode 7’s best emoji.
Photo: Emojipedia

iOS 9.1’s most notable new feature is the new emoji characters added to the keyboard that include images for burrito, avocado, unicorn, taco and a new mystery eye emoji.

Live Photos fix

Live Photos bring a little life to your still images.
Live Photos bring a little life to your still images.
Photo: Apple

Half of my Live Photos are just me lowering my iPhone to the ground after snapping a pic. Apple’s fixing that in iOS 9.1 by adding a feature that senses when you raise or lower your camera to stop recording.

Turn off contact pics

There’s a new setting in the Messages section that allows users to turn off contact pictures if you want a cleaner look.

Apple News

iPhone and iPad users in the U.K. can now get on the Apple News action with iOS 9.1. The feature is still not available worldwide, but it’s getting one step closer.

iPad Pro and Apple TV 4 support

Apple TV 4 ships soon.
Apple TV 4 ships soon.
Photo: Apple

The Apple TV starts shipping next week and iOS 9.1 is ready for it just in time. The iOS 9.1 update also brings support for the big-screened iPad Pro, which is due in November.


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