iOS 9.1 -- download now, for 150 magical emoji (and longer battery life)

Cute. But what about the security fixes?
Updated Oct 22, 2015 7:28 AM PT

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Apple releases iOS 9.1. The download includes the now-obligatory new emoji—150 of the little blighters (notably the magical pointy chap illustrated above).

It improves Live Photos and Messages. It also lets Sprint users join the Continuum party.

In addition, it squashes some nasty security bugs, such as the lockscreen privacy hole, and nukes the Pangu jailbreak.

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Shara Tibken and Michelle Meyers tag-team the reporting:

Apple released on Wednesday the first significant update to its iOS 9 software for iPhones and iPads.

Outward facing changes include new emojis such as a taco, hot dog, champagne and a unicorn. ... It also fixes bugs in tools like CarPlay and the app switcher.

The refreshes are also vital to keep Apple in step with competitors like Google.  MORE

And Zack Whittaker zeroes in on the story:

Apple has fixed 49 separate security vulnerabilities.

Two of the fixes were credited to PanguTeam, a well-known jailbreak team...Apple said a heap based buffer overflow issue could allow a malicious app "to elevate privileges," [and] a memory corruption issue to "execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges."

Apple said it fixed a denial-of-service issue in the kernel, and a privacy flaw where...notifications may appear on the lock screen even when the setting is turned off.  MORE

So Sarah Perez runs with that jailbreak angle:

Well, that was fast.

The jailbreaking community already knew that Apple had patched these exploits in iOS 9.1. [It] didn’t work with the beta.

Just ahead of this news...the Pangu team rolled out a new version of their jailbreak tool (version 1.1.0). [It] has not said yet if it has a 9.1 hack in the works.  MORE

Wait. Did someone mention emoji? Juli Clover rolls it over and does it again:

iOS 9.1 has a limited number of outward facing changes. It includes support for Unicode 7 and 8, introducing a range of new emoji like...burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger...and more.

[It] includes an update for Live Photos: [It] senses when the iPhone is raised or lowered to refrain from recording unnecessary movements. [And] a new Messages disable photos for contacts.  MORE

But who can bring good news to Sprint users? Jordan Kahn can:

Alongside the release of iOS 9.1 today, Sprint announced that the update officially enables access to the iPhone’s Wi-Fi calling feature.

[They] join T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the US in...Wi-Fi-assisted voice calling for poor coverage areas and...accept calls on...iPods, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch.  MORE

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