Apple releases iOS 9.1 full of tweaks, fixes, features, and new emoji

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It wasn’t long after we got news of the then-forthcoming availability of iOS 9 updates for existing Apple hardware that we saw the iPhone-maker get started sharing what was next, releasing the first public beta of iOS 9.1. In the weeks since, Apple’s put the finishing touches in place, and today iOS 9.1 is finally ready to drop that beta label and start heading out to Apple mobile hardware around the world.

What’s new? Well, we already knew to expect support for Apple’s latest devices, including the iPad Pro, but what about the hardware you have now? All those new emoji we heard were on their way are finally arriving, and on the subject of icons, Apple’s also tweaking the design for some of its on-screen keyboard keys.

A new release wouldn’t be the same without some fixes, and Apple introduces changes like new Live Photos behavior that detects phone motion to stop recording clips of you putting your phone away in your pocket, post-picture. You’ll also find new wallpaper options, and Sprint users can start enjoying enhanced Wi-Fi Calling support.

That means that they’ll now be able to respond to calls and messages on all the Apple hardware connected to their account – not just their iPhone. This extends to the Apple Watch and Mac computers, as well as iPad models. And while maybe not a direct response to AT&T’s new NumberSync, it’s hard to avoid drawing comparisons.

But it’s not all good news, as we learn that iOS 9.1 prevents use of the recently released iOS 9 Pangu jailbreak. If that’s important to you, think twice before installing today’s update, but everyone else should feel free to dive right in.

Source: TechCrunch, Cult of Mac, Sprint

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!