iOS 9.1 release lays groundwork for upcoming Apple TV and iPad Pro

iOS 9 logoApple has just released iOS 9.1, the first major update to iOS 9 and the third update overall since the OS came out in September. It's available as an over-the-air download or through iTunes for everything that supports iOS 9: the iPhone 4S or newer, the iPad 2 or newer, all flavors of the iPad Mini, and the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touches.

The change you'll notice the most if you do a bunch of texting is that Apple has implemented a bunch of new emoji, mostly from the Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 specs but with a few from earlier specifications mixed in. Tacos, burritos, and extended middle fingers are just a few of the additions you'll find to the emoji keyboard, which needs a decent search function now more than ever.

iOS 9.1 also lays the groundwork for some other iOS devices that are launching soon. One is the new Apple TV, which ships with the iOS-based "tvOS." The other is the iPad Pro, which brings with it support for the Apple Pencil and its Smart Keyboard cover. The Apple TV ships next week, while the iPad Pro is due sometime in November.

iOS 9.1 release lays groundwork for upcoming Apple TV and iPad Pro

Apple's full release notes are below:

  • 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
Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, iOS 9, OSes

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