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Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.1 and tvOS Betas to Developers

ios_9_iconApple today seeded the second beta of iOS 9.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 9.1 beta following its fall "Hey Siri" event and one week after releasing the first version of iOS 9 to the public.

The new beta of iOS 9.1, build 13B5119e, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Apple has also released a second beta of tvOS, build 13T5365h.

iOS 9.1 includes new features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system. It also includes features that will allow the iPhone to interact with the new Apple TV.

iOS 9.1 also includes Unicode 8, adding support for some long-awaited emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger, unicorn head, and more, plus it includes a new "Hey Siri" Settings feature that lets the "Hey Siri" command be customized for an individual user's voice. On-demand voice activation for Siri using the "Hey Siri" command is a new feature in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. On older devices, "Hey Siri" only activates Siri when plugged into a power source.

It is not clear when iOS 9.1 will be released to the public, but it's likely it will come in November, alongside the launch of the iPad Pro.

What's new in iOS 9.1 beta 2:

Messages - There's a new Messages option in the Settings app that allows users to disable contact photos.

showcontactsoption

Related Roundup: iOS 9
Tag: iOS 9.1


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9 months ago
I wish I could have read receipts for just some people. I want my wife to know I have read her messages, but I don't want someone at work to get a read receipt.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
"long-awaited emoji"

Ha.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
I wish Apple would spend more time fixing and improving the music app and the overall UI as opposed to adding emojis
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
People complaining about the Emoji need to calm down, to be honest. Lots of people like using them.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
Problem: I had 9.1 Beta 1, but no Beta 2 update appeared.

Solution: I deleted my developer profiles, and performed two-button hard reset. Beta 2 appeared :)
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

iOS 9.1 also includes Unicode 8, adding support for some long-awaited emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger, unicorn head, and more

I hope this was written sarcastically.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
Lets hope this addresses the lag issues that many here are seeing.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
I deleted the Public beta profile for 9.1 and restarted phone. Now Beta 2 shows up.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
I'm signed up for the Public Beta and was able to get the Beta 2 following the directions others mentioned.

Downloading now. As a Public Beta tester, my pet bug, which I've reported repeatedly to Apple, had been the complete failure of Swiftkey to come up whenever I do anything that equates to a share. Whether I was sharing a link or a photo or, just trying to jump across apps to a message or email, I got no keyboard at all. If I made an email draft, I could open the draft and keep working with Swiftkey, but there was a major bug with third party keyboards; in messages, there was nothing I could do, aside from Copy what I was attempting to share, and pasting it into the message.

Now that Beta 2 is live on my 5S, I am thrilled to discover that this bug appears squashed!

The next apparent third party keyboard bug I'd like to see fixed is getting kicked out of the 3rd party keyboard randomly, reverting back to the iOS keyboard. Time will tell if this update addresses that, which isn't as critical as zero keyboard functionality.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago

Lets hope this addresses the lag issues that many here are seeing.

Most of those people probably just need to reset their settings.
Rating: 2 Votes

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