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iOS 9.1 vs iOS 9: What’s New in iOS 9.1



Here’s a look at what’s new in iOS 9.1 with a comparison of iOS 9.1 to iOS 9, that highlights the changes to the new upgrade and what you get on your iPhone and iPad when you install the iOS 9.1 update.

The iOS 9.1 release date is here, and users can start their iOS 9.1 downloads on iTunes or over the air.

If you are upgrading from iOS 9, iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2 there are only a handful of major changes, but if you are upgrading from iOS 8 you are in for a bigger upgrade.

Here's what's new in iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Here’s what’s new in iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

This look at what’s new in iOS 9.1 will help you see the changes that you will appreciate and actually use. Yes there are new iOS 9.1 emoji that will allow you to send a middle finger emoji, but that’s not all the iOS 9.1 update has to offer.

Apple does not deliver many visual changes to iOS 9.1 from iOS 9, which is expected — even in a big update like this.

If you are friends with someone who owns the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus the iOS 9.1 update is perfect because you will finally be able to see the Live Photos they take even though your iPhone or iPad doesn’t support 3D Touch.

The iOS 9.1 update is free to download and it will appear as an over the air download on your iPhone and iPad sometime in the next week or so.

Apple’s iOS 9.1 update is available to any device that runs iOS 9, which is also any device that runs iOS 8.

The images below show you what’s new in iOS 9.1 and how it compares to iOS 9. You can click on the arrows to go in order or you can click on an image to jump directly to that new iOS 9.1 feature. When there are two phones the phone with iOS 9.1 is on the left and the phone with iOS 9 is on the right.

New iOS 9.1 Emoji

New iOS 9.1 Emoji

There are a lot of new iOS 9.1 emoji options to use when you install the upgrade. The most talked about new emoji is the middle finger emoji, but there is also a unicorn, a taco, a burrito, a lion, spider, new sports, gambling options and a lot of new faces.

Once you upgrade you will get access to the new iOS 9.1 emoji on your iPhone and iPad. Many of these support the multiple skin tone options that Apple added to iOS 8 over the summer.

If you send the new iOS 9.1 emoji to someone who does not have iOS 9.1 installed they will see odd blocks for many of the items you send.

You can use all the new iOS 9.1 emoji on the iPhone emoji keyboard that is on by default. You don't need to buy any apps to get the new emoji.



  1. janmaus

    10/22/2015 at 8:21 am

    Aside from a few bug fixes, this whole thing looks like a giant ho hum! Sorry I wasted the time to page through it the “expose.”

  2. Raymond

    10/25/2015 at 12:40 am

    I have 2 iPhone 6 and 1 iPhone 6 Plus. After downloading and installing ios9.1, all 3 iPhones became slow, unable to connect to wifi, opening the settings and open the wifi, it gets stuck. When someone calls and hang up phone continues ringing. After a phone call, the phone get hang… Have to restart. I think iOS 9.1 screws up all my phones and my faith and trust for Apple products. I hope Apple Inc can get me a reply how to fix this!

  3. George

    10/26/2015 at 9:43 am

    If this release is anything like my experience with 9.0.2, I think I’ll wait for 9.1.1. Graphics became sluggish, battery life got a little worse, not better as advertised, and Game Center WILL NOT TURN OFF. And seriously, Apple, emoji??? How about fixing the problems that exist rather than giving us the middle finger?
    -a very disappointed customer

  4. kenny impey

    10/26/2015 at 11:14 am

    I made a mistake going from 8 to 9 now 9,1 9 messed up my iphone5 I had to restore it and still I have 3 sets of notes. the young guy and girls out there can sort this I know. I can`t why should I an upgrade from APPLE should improve things …….. I will wait until 9.5 or 10

  5. karanv000

    11/21/2015 at 7:35 am

    This is one of the most screwed up update for iPhone 5 users. Hate the iOS 9.1 update apple should try and not make life miserable for users on old devices

  6. Julia

    11/22/2015 at 1:17 am

    I have updated on a 4s. Big mistake. I haven’t lost anything and think the programme is good,but my phone gets un-responsive it sticks and turns itself off. Have missed calls because I can’t swipe! Basically I have no more room left for the programs to work??

  7. G S Reddy

    11/25/2015 at 9:53 am

    it is a hell.. 9.1 update …no contacts working or call to revert?

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