Apple is officially rolling out iOS 9.1, the first major update of the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9, which debuted last month. With iOS 9.1, Apple is bringing in several new features and enhancements, notably Live Photos (which involves some nifty GIF flourishes). What iOS users will most likely be eager to check out though is the addition of a new set of emoji characters, including one for the middle finger. Apart from the rollout of iOS 9.1, Apple also took the opportunity to release updates for watchOS (the operating system used for the company’s one and only wearable device to date -- the Apple Watch), as well as an update for OS X El Capitan. Both updates for the watchOS and the OS X El Capitan will include the new emoji, too.
The emoji are based set guidelines established by the Unicode Consortium, so the new emoji added to iOS is actually an effort by Apple to conform to the new standards, and not just a cool gimmick (although for some users, especially those belonging to the younger generation, it is definitely rad).
The middle finger emoji will certainly be popular among iOS users. No surprise there -- according to Emojipedia, this emoji has been the number 1 emoji on its site for the past year. But the other new emoji are cool too -- there are new food additions such as a taco, hotdog, cheese, pepper, popcorn, champagne bottle, and burrito; new animals include a turkey, crab, squirrel, lion, and unicorn; new smileys such as the upside down smiley, dollar sign eyed smiley, robot face smiley, bandaged face smiley, and thinking smiley have also been added, along with religious symbols, more sports related emoji, weather emoji, and even landscapes.
Emoji aside, the update for Live Photos is worth checking out, also. For those not in the know, this feature basically allows people to animate images using the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus’ 3D Touch function. iOS users should no doubt have fun using this feature, especially those who want to create their own moving portraits like those seen in Harry Potter movies.
iOS 9.1 also comes with compatibility updates for the upcoming fourth generation Apple TV and the new iPad Pro, and the usual package of bug fixes, security fixes, and performance improvements. Apple is rolling out iOS 9.1 via over the air to all Apple devices currently running on iOS 9.
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