iOS 9.1 released: new emoji, improved Live Photos, Apple News in more countries

Apple released iOS 9.1 to the general public on Tuesday, making it the first major update to the company’s new iOS 9 mobile operating system released in September and the third update after two minor versions: iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2.

iOS 9.1, after going through five developer beta releases in a month, is now available as a live update for all iOS 9 users.

At first glance, iOS 9.1 might not be different for users, but it brings a number of changes under the hood.

New emoji: iOS 9.1 includes full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis, adding over 150 new emoji characters to the operating system. iOS is now the first operating system to include all emoji in the Unicode standard.

New emoji in iOS 9.1 include taco, burrito, piece of cheese, middle finger, champagne bottle, unicorn head, and more.

Some of the new face emoji in iOS 9.1, via Emojipedia

Update Live Photos: In iOS 9.1, Live Photos now detects when an iPhone is raised or lowered to prevent it from recording unnecessary movements.

New messages option: With iOS 9.1, users can turn off contact photos under Messages in the Settings app.

Apple News for UK and Australia: After being tested there, Apple News is now officially available in the UK and Australia with the release of iOS 9.1.

Fourth generation Apple TV and iPad Pro integration: iOS 9.1 includes new features and compatibility updates for two other new Apple products: the fourth generation Apple TV and the iPad Pro, both to be released soon.

Stop iOS 9 Pangu jailbreak: Just days after the Chinese hacking team Pangu released an iOS 9 and iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak, Apple fixed the two vulnerabilities used to design the jailbreak.

In addition to these changes, iOS 9.1 also includes the usual bug fixes, performance improvements, and key security fixes.

Main image via Emojipedia

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