Apple has used the latest iOS 12.2 beta 2 to introduce four gorgeous new Animoji characters. Users will now be able to enhance their communication with new giraffe, shark, owl, and boar Animojis, all of which can be used in Messages and Apple’s own FaceTime app to create 3D media renders which follow the user’s face and include sound.

Apple has clearly put a lot of work into creating the new Animoji characters, which is immediately evident when you see the clarity of design and just how stunning the characters look when in use and when issues through the aforementioned communication routes.

Given the nature of the Animoji functionality, it can only be accessed by those who have a device running a TrueDepeth camera system, meaning the four new characters will be limited to owners of iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and, of course, Apple’s new 2018 iPad Pro models which come complete with TrueDepth hardware and Face ID.

These four new Animoji characters add to the existing lot already in place within iOS for compatible devices, taking the total number of Animoji being offered to an impressive twenty-four. Keen-eyed Control Center users will also realize that Apple has pushed out iOS 12.2 beta 2 with an updated AirPlay icon in the Music widget and a brand new and much smoother animation between views.

The Lock screen has also benefited from a very small design change which sees the current date removed and the current battery percentage displayed instead. Some people may question why Apple couldn’t show the time, date, and the current percentage on the Lock screen given just how much screen real estate is available but this is the decision that has been taken.

And, there you have it! Apple may not have bundled in a whole heap of new changes with iOS 12.2. beta 2 but there are definitely enough amends in there to be talking about and definitely enough to be sinking out teeth into with the four gorgeous new Animoji characters. If you are an average user, then these are things that you have to look forward to when iOS 12.2 is released. For developers and public testers, all of this is available to you right now!

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