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Apple Rolls Out Updates For iOS, watchOS And OS X, Including Support For New Emoji (And The Middle Finger).

The next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system since the debut of version 9.0 released in September, is now rolling out. The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: iOS 9.1 is available to download, which means you have a slew of new emoji characters to choose from.

While the new emoji are the most noticeable change in iOS 9.1, Apple also packed in bug fixes like Live Photos no longer capturing the seconds when you raise and lower your hand as part of the moving image. The emoji are based on standards set by the Unicode Consortium, to be clear, so this update is about Apple moving to support the new standard – not Apple’s independent decision to include a set of new, and – in the case of the rude gesture, possibly controversial – emoji characters. In total, the update adds more than 100 new emoji, including the middle finger and the Vulcan salute — both of which already cropped up on WhatsApp’s Android app. The updated standard, however, also includes a number of other in-demand characters and images, new foods like a taco, hot dog, cheese, pepper, popcorn, champagne bottle, and burrito, for example; animals like a turkey, crab, squirrel and unicorn; more religious symbols like prayer beads and churches; more faces like an upside-down smiley, one with “$” symbols for eyes, a robot faces, and others; a few additional sports emojis, and more.

The updated emoji panel adds a dedicated section for animals and nature (previously, it was labeled just as “nature”), including a unicorn, turkey, lion and dove. Other emoji offerings include the taco, burrito and avocado, and expanded sports characters for archery, cricket, badminton and weight lifting, among others. There are also a few bugs the watchOS upgrade fixes, like issues causing stalled software updates on the watch and issues with battery performance, though Apple didn’t say exactly what those issues were. Calendar syncing glitches between the iPhone and watch have also been fixed, and now using Siri to start a workout won’t keep the heart rate sensors on forever.

For anyone who’s been playing around with Live Photos on their new devices as I have will welcome this change, as you would often accidentally record video of your phone pointed at the floor, or just away from the subject matter. 9.1 also introduces other compatibility updates for the soon-to-be released 4th generation Apple TV and new iPad Pro, plus other bug fixes, security fixes, and improvements, as per usual, along with performance enhancements. Like the iOS and watchOS update, 10.11.1 will also include the over 150 new emoji thanks to support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0, and addresses a couple of problems with information missing in the Mail app.

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