iOS 12.1 Beta 2

Apple has added 70 new emojis to the developer and public previews of iOS 12.1 beta to make them available as part of the upcoming software updates for iOS, macOS, and watchOS. The new emojis include characters for moon cake, red gift envelope, Nazar amulet, softball, luggage, compass, a hiking boot to accompany the existing climbing emoji, llama, mosquito, swan, raccoon, and cupcake among others.

“New emoji characters are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 11.0 and Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0, slated for release in 2019,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

Thousands of emoji are currently available on iOS, watchOS, and macOS, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more.

The new characters would also include emojis with red hair, grey hair, curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and emojis representing animals, sports and food.

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Other than the new emojis, iOS 12.1 will short out the issue that has been reported for some users of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max is the charging issue. Users have complained that their devices do not charge with the screen off and require the display to be activated before charging begins. Tapping the screen or waking up the screen initiatives charging on the device and has been reported among a few users. The latest iOS 12.1 beta now fixes the charging issue on aforementioned devices and will soon be available on the stable build.

Group FaceTime makes a comeback on the latest iOS 12.1 beta. Group FaceTime supports video and audio calling with up to 32 people at once and while it was originally scheduled to launch with iOS 12 it was pulled from the update. Users can start Group FaceTime from a group thread in Messages or join an active one at any time. Apple notes that the feature will be available in the stable build during this fall. FaceTime is encrypted end-to-end for both one-to-one and group calls so that conversations can remain private and viewable only by the participants.

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