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iOS 11.1 is here with hundreds of new emojis – download it right now

Updated Oct 31st, 2017 1:11PM EDT
iOS 11.1 release date: how to download
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iOS 11.1, the first substantial update to Apple’s new mobile operating system, is here. Anyone currently running iOS 11.0 can and should go to Settings–>General–>Software Update to pull the download now, because there’s some substantial new features to play with.

In iOS11.1 we’re getting hundreds of new emoji, the return of a much-loved 3D Touch gesture for multitasking, and a veritable stack of bug fixes.

The most notable update, at least for most people, will be the new emoji. There’s a couple hundred new characters to choose from, including a peace hand sign, a rock climber, curling, hedgehogs, and a new mermaid. We also have a woman with a headscarf, a bearded person, and a zombie.

In any case, the over-the-air update is out now, so you should go download it if you want to play with the new features. Just make sure your battery is above 50% (or plugged in), and it’s always a good idea to have a recent backup in case the update doesn’t go as planned.

Wondering which devices are compatible with iOS 11.1? Here’s the complete list:

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

Chris Mills
Chris Mills News Editor

Chris Mills has been a news editor and writer for over 15 years, starting at Future Publishing, Gawker Media, and then BGR. He studied at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

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