Apple has today released the second beta version of iOS 12.1, bringing with it over 70 new emoji as well as an important bug fix for those who reported that their devices would not reliably charge with iOS 12+ installed.
Kicking things off we have the huge number of new emoji that have been added to this latest beta release. The full collection comes thanks to the new Unicode 11 emoji list that Apple has now incorporated, with the company doing its usual stellar job of drawing some of the best-looking emoji around.
With so many new additions arriving as part of this update, it’s hard to know which ones to pick out. Some of our favorites include a new infinity symbol as well as a new cold face that is essentially a blue emoji with icicles.
A few new food and animal emoji have arrived, too, with a parrot and lobster perhaps our favorites there.
New emoji aside, the big news as part of this new beta release is the fix for an issue that started to be publicized a couple of days ago, with a number of people reporting online that they were unable to reliably charge their iPhones and iPads with iOS 12 installed.
While initially reported as just new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max handsets, it soon became clear that the entire iOS product line was impacted, although only when users plugged lightning cables in while the devices’ screens were off. As suspected, this was indeed a software issue and Apple has addressed it with this new update.
Developers can download the new iOS 12.1 beta 2 release right now, with Apple saying that a public beta should be with us soon, if not by the time you read this.
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