Apple pushing iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1 updates


Just a hair over a month after Apple released iOS 9 to the public, the Cupertino firm has started pushing its next big update. Yes, iOS 9.1 is now rolling out to the public after going through a handful of beta releases. The update isn’t terribly large, coming it at 313MB on my iPhone and around 30MB on an iPad Air 2.

Here’s Apple’s official changelog for the update:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record those 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 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

This is mostly a bug-fixing update, perhaps the two most notable additions are additional emoji — like a middle finger and a burrito — and an improved version of Live Photos. With the original version of Live Photos, lots of folks would forget that the feature was on and would end up with a bunch of Live Photos that ended with them putting the phone down. That should no longer happen with iOS 9.1, but we’ll have to wait for folks to begin using the update to find out how well this new Live Photos feature works.

To grab the iOS 9.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, head into Settings > General > Software update.

Along with iOS 9.1, Apple has released the watchOS 2.0.1 update. Here’s what’s inside the 62MB Apple Watch update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
  • Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
  • Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updated
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
  • Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face
  • Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate

To get the watchOS 2.0.1 update, go into the Apple Watch app on your phone, then General > Software Update.

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