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Apple drops first iOS 9.1 public beta


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Apple has released the first public beta version of the iOS 9.1 operating system.

The tweaked version is geared towards those who will be snapping up the iPad Pro as it offers support for the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

The latest beta also features a host of brand new emoji from the Unicode 8 standard, which Apple is supporting.

Among those new emojis are a taco, a burrito, a block of cheese, a unicorn and hand gestures like ‘stop’ and ‘middle finger’ or “reversed hand with middle finger extended” as it is officially known.

Considering the iPad Pro won’t be available until November, there’s not a whole lot available in this new public preview, aside from abusing friends or inviting them out for Mexican-style food.

If you want to take the new software for a spin anyway, it can be obtained by signing up for Apple’s beta testing website. There, you’ll also be able to obtain preview versions of Mac OS X El Capitan, which lands on September 22.

See also: iPad Pro review: hands-on

While iOS 9.1 won’t officially launch until November, iOS 9 will roll out to users on September 16, just over a week before the new iPhones come to the market.


September 11, 2015, 4:34 pm

I've got a wee problem here: I've upgraded my iPhone 6 to iOS 9.1 beta 1 yesterday, via iTunes on my Mac running Snow Leopard. The phone was already running iOS 9.0.

Backup and upgrade went without a hitch, but today, iTunes won't recognize the iPhone at all: I get a message saying that I need to upgrade iTunes to a more recent version (iTunes 12.x, to wit).

Problem: iTunes 12.x doesn't install on Snow Leopard...

I'm going to post about this on Apple Discussions, but I'm not hopeful, since discussing beta software is frowned upon in those forums.

In the meantime, have other early adopters encountered the same issue?

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