Apple releases the first public beta of iOS 9.1

Yesterday, all eyes were on Apple as the company announced its latest hardware, but that was just part of the picture, and as Apple prepared to welcome new iPhones and iPads to its stable, it also released some of its newest software, giving devs access to things like the new watchOS 2 and a beta release of iOS 9.1. While that’s well and good for Apple’s dev community, what about the rest of you users? Today you’re in luck, as Apple opens the doors on the first public beta of iOS 9.1.

The routine for getting access is the same as it’s been for all the previous iOS 9 betas we saw land earlier this summer. Now with iOS 9 set to finally arrive, and Apple having marked its calendar for distribution on September 16, it’s time to start looking to what’s next, and that’s iOS 9.1.

For now, though, there’s not a lot new to see. There’s new API support for iPhone 6S stuff like 3D Touch, as well as iPad Pro things like its Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, but that won’t do you much good on existing iOS hardware. And while we’ve heard general reports of possibly faster performance, we haven’t seen that substantiated with any hard figures – it might just be the placebo effect. One thing you can notice is the arrival of new emoji characters, and a bunch of new food-related ones make their debut. Hey, it’s something.

Source: 9to5 Mac, Pocket-lint

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