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Apple releases iOS 9.1 for iPhone & iPad with new emoji, fresh wallpapers, more

emoji keyboard iOS 9.1

Apple is out with a new update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today, the official iOS 9.1 release. For most users, a collection of new emoji characters including a taco, unicorn, and yes, a middle finger is the most notable new feature within the update. Apple has also tweaked its three planetary wallpapers and developer support for Live Photos as well as improvements to the capture experience.


As for those new emoji characters, you can check out our gallery here from during the beta period last month while you’re downloading the new update.


As for the Messages app, you can now toggle contact photos on or off on iPhone 6 and later. Go to Settings > Messages > Show Contact Photos to change this setting, which is on by default.

As expected, Apple’s News app is now available for use in the UK and Australia.


iOS 9.1 is available through the Software Update of the Settings app. In addition to iOS 9.1, Apple also released OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, watchOS 2.0.1, and tvOS GM.


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  2. arwynnfcffxiv - 7 years ago

    Boy that was quick

  3. Rasmussen (@Twitboydk) - 7 years ago

    Thank god they did something to that live fotos ting. I swear 95% of my photos sees me putting my phone in my pocket :-D

  4. Jeffrey Lewis - 7 years ago

    I’m not seeing any new wallpaper that wasn’t there in 9.0.2

  5. davidt4n - 7 years ago

    Updated and it got faster especially in auto rotate and keyboard execution. Some app startup is more responsive.

  6. Zoisite (@yayjulian) - 7 years ago

    what about the bug where it freezes in landscape and the unresponsive touch screen?

  7. Franck BARON (@franckfu) - 7 years ago

    Done for me from the latest public beta and I believe this end up the program. I do not have any “Profile” in “Settings” anymore.

  8. David Britt - 7 years ago

    I have an iphone 6, but I have no option to show contact photos in the Message list. I was running the latest beta of 9.1 but I just installed the public 9.1.

  9. galley99 - 7 years ago

    What, no DeLorean emoji?

  10. Scott Marvel - 7 years ago

    they still didnt fix the Podcast minutes ffwd bar….rrrrrr

  11. kennyhou218 - 7 years ago

    They still dont fix the problem which music stops playing when you open the camera app 😓😓

  12. blakereichle - 7 years ago

    Apple News is up and running in Australia now too.

    • gpdiller - 7 years ago

      Glad you got it. As a Canadian I was pretty disappointed Apple forgot us in this update. :(

  13. virtualstorm - 7 years ago

    So now, they make the developers focus on EMOJIs? What kind of priorities do they have?

  14. verizon2828 - 7 years ago

    I hope they fix the bug with Safari that I run into EVERY SINGLE DAY on my 6S Plus. I usually open a number of tabs in the background and then go through and read them one by one. When I try to open my first tab, Safari freezes and I need to force close it. Only happens on the first tab opening in the background but it happens every single damn time.

  15. Kyle Fecik - 7 years ago

    Just updated and now my phone isn’t showing any wifi networks… anyone know a fix?

  16. kjl3000 - 7 years ago

    Closed Apps reopen themself after restart (9.1 iPhone 5). Anyone else?

  17. byleah0807 - 7 years ago



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