iOS 9.1 adds new middle finger emoji, bug fixes and Live Photos improvements

Apple today released the public build of iOS 9.1, the first major update to Apple’s latest mobile operating system since it launched in early September.

The update is currently available to iOS 9 users via an over-the-air update and is the third update to iOS 9 released so far (the two previous updates were versions 9.0.1 and 9.0.2).

iOS 9.1 introduces a range of new emoji, including a taco, burrito, cheese wedge, champagne bottle and the all important middle finger.


The operating system update also includes an update to Live Photos that enables the iPhone to sense when it’s raised or lowered, preventing the smartphone from recording unnecessary movements, a problem some users have cited with the new feature.

In terms of other new additions, the update adds a messages option in contacts that allows users to disable photos in contacts lists. Aside from these updates, iOS 9.1 also adds device compatibility with Apple’s upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV and the iPad Pro, as well as a number of minor bug fixes.

To download the update to your iOS device, navigate to Settings, General, and then Software Update. iOS 9.1 comes in around 310MB.

The full release notes can be found 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