Anybody try the 9.1 beta yet? The changes that have been found didn't seem that significant, but the update is 1.4gb.
That's what I'm thinking too. The update is 1.4gb, seems that there is a lot more in the update besides emoji.
Of course there's more in the update than just some new emoji. Why would they bother to issue a point update just for emoji? But hey, people click stories about them, so news sites write them.
Features include Apple Pencil support, Unicode 8 (reported as "new emoji" when it's more than just that), APIs for Live Photos and 3D Touch, and reported performance improvements over iOS 9 GM.