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iOS 11.1 to Feature Hundreds of New Emojis, Including Gender-Neutral Characters

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Hundreds of new emojis, including more smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, new clothing options, and mythical creatures are coming with iOS 11.1’s imminent launch.

According to a press release from Apple, the new emoji will make it to developer and public beta previews of iOS 11.1 next week, followed by public release. Apple hasn’t specified final release date for iOS 11.1 for iOS, macOS and watchOS.

iOS 11.1 will also include characters announced on World Emoji Day like Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position and new food items such as Sandwich and Coconut,” read the press release. Another addition is the “I Love You” gesture which has been inspired from ‘I love you’ hand sign in American Sign Language.

Of course, Apple doesn’t come up with these ideas itself—they are just the company’s own spin on emojis that are approved by the Unicode Consortium in order to let people send symbols between different communications platforms while retaining their meaning.

The consortium approves the rough images, but companies such as Apple and Google are free to create their own versions of each emoji. Earlier this week WhatsApp unveiled its own range of emojis, which are nearly identical to those created by Apple.

Developer and public betas of the iOS 11.1 update will be pushed out next week, but there’s no word on when the update will be officially released to the public.

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  • Olley

    yes. thank you! we need more useless emojis that drain our battery. thank you!!!

  • Riley Freeman

    im confused. There is already a 11.1 beta available and this article is talking as if there is another 11.1 coming next week.

  • Really Apple?

  • Erik

    In what way do emojis drain your battery in the background? I think someone is misleading you.

  • So Young

    I think they push the limits with emojis. We have already enough.

  • raslucas

    First, the people who design these are not the same people at Apple that works on features. They are graphic artists.

    Second, am I the only that spends too much time spinning though the emoji keyboard looking for the right one? We probably have too many.

    Third, the emojis are not an Apple thing. Apple and Google are part of the Unicode consortium, which defines these characters so they can be cross device compatible.

    The companies just does the artwork for them.

  • Tim

    How do emojis drain your battery?

  • Mrleblanc

    Obviously there is another’s coming next week, there’s a new beta every two weeks

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