iOS 9.1 update brings smarter Live Photos and more Emojis


If you’ve gotten an iPhone 6s, one of the newest feature is Live Photos. It basically takes a moving picture which include seconds before and after a shot is being taken. Problem is, most of the time it capture moments of you lowering your iPhone which is natural for anyone to do when taking a normal picture.

This minor annoyance has been fixed with the new iOS 9.1 which is rolling out now to current iOS 9 devices. From the changelog, the updated Live Photos should intelligently detect when the iPhone is being lifted or lowered, so it knows when to start/stop recording at the right time. It also brings a fresh batch of 150 Emojis for all your social and messaging needs.

The iOS 9.1 update weighs about 313MB and you can download it over the air (OTA) via Settings > General > Software Update. It is recommended that you do this over WiFi to save on mobile data.

Apart from the Live Photos fix and additional Emojis, the update also improves a couple of bug fixes that cover Music, Photos, Safari, Search, Calendar, Contacts and Mail. It also improves the performance for Multitasking and some issues of viewing zoomed content apparently has been sorted out.

Going back to Live Photos, while it is interesting at first, it is quite gimmicky as you can’t share those videos moving pictures to your friends. Furthermore it consumes double the storage space as it creates another MOV file weighing about 3MB each. Fortunately you can disable this at anytime by tapping the icon next to the HDR button, and we recommend you to do so especially if you’re having a paltry 16GB version.

Alexander Wong