Apple releases iOS 11.1 with new emojis, bug fixes, and more

The iOS 11.1 update includes new emojis, 3D-touch app switcher, and bug fixes

emoji
downloadsource.fr/Flickr
Can’t get enough emojis? If you’ve got an iOS device that supports iOS 11, you’re in luck. Apple just released dozens of new animals, mythical creatures, food types, and smiley faces for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch’s emoji library in iOS 11.1.

The update includes over 70 new emoji characters such as animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, and more. Among the highlights are a vampire, crazy face, pretzel, pie, T-rex, and a mermaid.

They’re part of Unicode 10, the encoding standard hashed out by the eponymous Unicode Consortium. It’s a surprisingly complicated process: Every calendar quarter, the Consortium’s 12 major voting members — a group that includes Oracle, Google, Facebook IBM, Apple, and Yahoo, among others — take recommendations from the public and propose letters, digits, symbols, and emoji for revisions of Unicode.

The update also comes with some small design changes for several emojis. You might notice the bee, snail, dolphin, and others are now somewhat different. The new designs are more realistic and detailed than prior versions.

The Photos app on iOS 11 has received improvements as well. Issues with blurry photos, Live Photo Effects, and swiping between screenshots have been addressed or resolved. The update has also fixed an issue which saw some photos not displaying in the People album when users restored their device from an iCloud Backup.

The Reachability bug that has been around since the initial release of iOS 11 has now been fixed, too. It also brings back the 3D Touch App Switcher — which allows iPhone users to perform a 3D Touch gesture at the left edge of the display and bring up the multitasking App Switcher.

There’s also a built-in keyboard feature that offers a variety of emoji symbols when typing in a specific word. For example, when you type in the word “love,” your suggestions will pull up three different types of heart emojis to use. Other new features include a new camera icon under the Restrictions section, and new animation for the lock screen as well as when tapping the status bar to scroll up.

With the release of iOS 11.1 also comes bug fixes and security improvements. One of these specifically addresses the prior exploit that allowed hackers to access all modern Wi-Fi networks — known as KRACK.

Update: Apple releases 11.1 with new emoji symbols and several other features

Mobile

The iPhone XS Battery Case's battery has a smaller capacity than previous cases

Apple has been rumored to be working on a new iPhone battery case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now, those new cases are finally here, offering seven hours of extra use for each iPhone and are available for $129.
Mobile

How to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 12: A beginner’s guide

The latest jailbreaking tools for iOS 12 make freeing your iOS device easier than ever. This guide will teach you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and explain what jailbreaking will do for you.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Mobile

The Note 8 and S8 range now have access to the Android Pie beta

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

HMD Global shows us how a slice of Android Pie is baked up

Waiting for Android updates can be a real chore -- but it's nothing compared to the work manufacturers have to do. HMD Global has released an infographic showing how Android updates like Android Pie are cooked.
Mobile

Join the Apple club with our complete guide to switching from Android to iOS

If Android simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then you might be considering Apple’s warm embrace. Here’s how to make the switch from Android to iOS without losing your contacts, sleep, or hair!
Mobile

Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output.
Mobile

It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch.
Mobile

Having trouble logging in? Here's how to reset your Apple ID password

To use any of Apple's services, you need to have an Apple ID and know your password. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with forgotten passwords and regain access to your account. Here's how to reset your Apple ID password.
Mobile

Turn to these apps to help you in your next hunt for a job

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android.
Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Mobile

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.
Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Computing

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.