American technology major Apple has released the iOS v9.1 to its devices, first major OS update since iOS v9.0 announcement in September.

This comes as a surprise to many as the new iOS 9.1 was slated to come in November. The company had released five beta versions to developers and was expected to roll out few more times before the deployment of the public version.

During this trial period, Apple had released two minor incremental updates v9.0.1 and v9.0.2 to fix some bugs and stability improvements, which required immediate attention.

With the official announcement, it looks like Apple was satisfied with iOS (v9.1) firmware's feedback from the programmers and made it available to the public.

Key attributes of iOS 9.1 is that it patches Pangu iOS 9 jailbreak, brings stability improvements to CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, Search, addition of 150 plus emojis, fixes display Zoom glitch in iPhone 6S series and numerous other issues.

Read more: Apple iPhone 6S Display Zoom Bug: iOS 9 glitch affecting screen when restored from iPhone 5S, 5, 5C

Here's the official Apple iOS 9.1 change-log:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
  • Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching for some users
  • Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
  • Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store
  • Patches Pangu iOS 9 Jailbreak

[For more details on security improvements, click HERE]

How to install iOS 9.1 update on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch:

Via OTA (Over-The-Air):

1. Settings >> General >> Software update

[Tip: Users' who want to install the update directly on the device via OTA, make sure to clear enough device storage space and also make sure the device has more than 50% battery life, before downloading the new OS firmware]

 Via iTunes

1. Back up your iPhone or iPad with either iCloud or via iTunes.

2. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.

3. Make sure you're on the latest version of iTunes. Go to About and then Check for Updates or visit

4. Plug in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it isn't already.

5. Click on iPhone, iPad, or iPod in the top left navigation.

6. Click on the Check for Update button in the first section that contains information about your device and alternately you can click restore instead if you'd like to do a clean wipe with updated software.

7. An update should be recognised, click on Download and Update in the popup menu and agree to any terms or conditions.

8. Unlock your device with your passcode if prompted in order to continue with the upgrade.