Apple Officially Releases iOS 11.1 with 70 New Emoji

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Apple released the final version of iOS 11.1 on Tuesday morning, capping a little over a month of beta testing. It is now available to download.

iOS 11.1 is a relatively minor update to Apple’s mobile operating system, but it does include a number of notable features beyond the usual under-the-hood changes.

What’s New in iOS 11.1

The update adds support for new Unicode 10 emoji, with about 70 new characters in all. They range from a slew of new animal and dinosaur options to additional clothing, food, and wellness-inspired emoji. There are also a handful of gender-neutral faces, as well as the American Sign Language sign for “I Love You.” With gender and skin modifiers, there are over 200 new options in all.

As far as major security fixes, iOS 11.1 includes a patch for a critical flaw discovered in the WPA2 standard for Wi-Fi network security. Prior to today’s release, the flaw left a multitude of devices vulnerable to attacks via most encrypted Wi-Fi networks. Using the vulnerability, attackers could spy on internet traffic and reveal private sensitive data over otherwise secure networks.

Apple also reintroduced the popular 3D Touch App Switcher gesture in iOS 11.1, making good on a promise to bring the shortcut back to iOS. The popular feature was intentionally removed during the beta testing phase of iOS 11 due to an unknown technical constraint.

The update also fixes a relatively minor bug in Calculator. The animation glitch sometimes prevented the app from giving correct answers when equations were typed quickly. As of iOS 11.1, those animations have been removed and Calculator should function as normal. iOS 11.1 also fixes a Reachability bug that prevented the iOS 11 Cover Screen from being accessed from the middle of an iOS device’s display.

How to Download iOS 11.1

iOS 11.1 is now available as an over-the-air update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. To install the update, connect to a Wi-Fi network and navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Additionally, the update is also available to download and install via iTunes.

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