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iOS 9.1 Will Come With New Emojis: Taco, Middle Finger, Unicorn, And More

10 September 2015, 7:06 am EDT By Quinten Plummer Tech Times
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Apple liked the new emoji released in Unicode 8.0 and decided to stock the shelves of iOS 9.1 with them.

Some of the emoji packed into iOS 9.1 include the finger—the bad one—a taco, cheese wedge and unicorn. There's also a burrito, crab, places of worship, bow and arrow, volleyball, robot face and more.

For now, iOS 9.1 is available only to paying subscribers of the Apple Developers program, and that means the new emoji is locked inside the beta version of the upcoming update.

Unicode 8.0 and its 41 new emoji were released in June, but like all of the Unicode Consortium's releases, it's up to platform vendors to roll out the new emoji.

Emoji coming up in Unicode 9.0, for those wondering, include the "call me" hand, fingers crossed, a black heart, drooling face, cucumber, deer, spoon, shopping trolley, gorilla, sneezing face, rhinoceros, avocado, shark, bacon, pregnant woman, carrot, owl, duck, scooter and lying face.

As regards when iOS 9.1 will bring them to a screen near you, Apple has to roll out iOS 9 first. With the launch of the iPad Pro coming in November, Apple may push to have iOS 9.1 mastered in time. In addition, some tech analysts believe iOS 9.1 will bring major optimizations needed to suit the iPad Pro's 12.9-inch Retina display.

For those who would like to somehow get their hands on iOS 9.1 just to play with but have no development background, it's best to sit back and wait on this one.

"This is a pre-release version of iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch," Apple said. "Devices updated to iOS 9.1 cannot be restored to earlier versions of iOS."

iOS 9.1 may be a while away, but if the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system has been mastered, then iOS 9 should first be released on Sept. 12.

"With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we're excited to release the best version of iOS yet," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

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