iOS 9.1 Beta Includes New Emojis: Hockey Stick and Puck and More

Unicode 8.0 was released by the Unicode Consortium back in June, which included the one emoji Canadians have been waiting for (the Canadian flag landed ‘ages’ ago in iOS 8.3): the ice hockey stick and puck.

While the only way for users to express themselves with this new emoji was if Apple supported them, that has happened already with today’s release of iOS 9.1 beta.

That’s right baby, you will soon be able to send an ice hockey stick and puck to your friends once iOS 9.1 is out publicly, which should be sometime in early October we’re guessing, just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 NHL season.

The Next Web has posted an image of the new emojis in iOS 9.1 beta, which you can see below (we’ve highlighted the hockey stick and puck):

Hockey stick puck emoji

Apple didn’t hold back, as the ‘middle finger’ emoji was also included, plus some other miscellaneous ones. What’s your favourite emoji? Are you looking forward to passing the hockey stick and puck soon?

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  • Reza Andrew Kharrazi

    Has anyone updated to iOS 9 GM already ?
    Is it running smoothly?

    I’m tempted to do it now but don’t have the time to deal with the possible glitches!

  • Sarge

    Hi Reza

    I updated my iPhone 5 last night. I find it every so slightly slower than 8.4.1, but not enough to make me regret doing so, and I’m very particular about this kind of thing. So far no glitches that I’ve seen, and all my apps work just fine.

  • Corey

    Sarge, did you need a UDID to install the GM or did you simply hold down the option key in itunes to load it up? Want to do it but getting mixed signals on what is needed.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    UDID not needed for GM

  • Crosseyedmofo

    if your on a 6 you should be fine

  • Parksy

    Any way to force the public beta to update to gm?

  • Crosseyedmofo

    i was using dev beta i am unsure

    i do know that GM wasnt OTA for dev beta (never has been)

  • Parksy

    Thanks. I’m not in any huge hurry. There are a couple quirks in the latest public beta that I was curious to see whether they got fixed but I can wait a week. I used to pay the $99 to get access but I’ve smartened up since I don’t do any developing and only did it because I could.

  • raslucas

    You should let the dust settle after an update before rating its speed. Especially on an old phone like an iPhone 5. The phone needs to index, update and do a bunch of other background tasks that definitely slow down the device temporarily. I updated my iPhone 5. Haven’t noticed a drastic speed drop. I did notice the transitions are a little faster, which is well-appreciated. Overall iOS 9 seems like a developer facing update. Not a lot of Consumer oriented features, but plenty of behind the scenes updates to help the OS moving forward.