Apple releases iOS 9.1, complete with champagne and a hot dog

22 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Updates iOS, watchOS And OS X, Including Support For New Emoji (And The Middle Finger).

The roll out of Apple’s iOS 9.1 on Wednesday updated support for Live Photos, added new wallpapers and tweaked the shift key on the virtual keyboard, according to Mashable.

Only days after the first public jailbreak for iOS 9 devices hit the web, it appears that Apple has closed two of the exploits used by the Chinese hacking team Pangu, whose untethered jailbreak allowed users to jailbreak nearly all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS versions 9.0 through 9.0.2. Today, iOS 9.1 is available and with it comes a long list of bug fixes that the intermediate updates attempted to solve: But if you’re like me, you probably didn’t make it past the second bullet point. iOS 9.1 brings with it over 150 new emoji. Although its not the first tech company to give consumers the bird — that honor goes to Microsoft — Apple’s initial iOS 9 launch did not include the emoji. In iOS 9.1, Apple is introducing a number of new features and improvements, including one involving those GIF-like “Live Photos.” However, the addition that most users will be excited about is iOS 9.1’s inclusion of new emoji characters – yes, including the middle finger.

In a security document posted on Apple’s website, the Cupertino company credits Pangu with discovering two vulnerabilities in the iOS operating system that have now been patched. The emoji are based on standards set by the Unicode Consortium, to be clear, so this update is about Apple moving to support the new standard – not Apple’s independent decision to include an expanded emoji set, and – in the case of the rude gesture, possibly controversial – characters. These include one vulnerability that would allow a malicious application to elevate privileges, and another that would allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Usually, Live Photos record 1.5 seconds before and after the capture button is pressed, which many times results in capturing footage of putting away the phone. Either install on your iPhone by going into Settings > General > Software Update, then choosing download and install, or by connecting your device to your computer and updating via iTunes.

That’s likely why the Pangu team pushed their iOS 9 jailbreak out the door just ahead of the iOS 9.1 release – it was the only way to get it into the hands of end users before it was too late. For anyone who’s been playing around with Live Photos on their new devices as I have will welcome this change, as you would often accidentally record video of your phone pointed at the floor, or just away from the subject matter. 9.1 also introduces other compatibility updates for the soon-to-be released 4th generation Apple TV and new iPad Pro, plus other bug fixes, security fixes, and improvements, as per usual, along with performance enhancements. That’s up from the 51 percent reported closer to the beginning of the month. iOS 8 accounts for another 30 percent of iOS devices, the chart indicates.

The OS will include the new emoji as well, and is addressing problems around battery life, stalled software updates, iOS Calendar event syncing, instability issues, and other bugs.

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