Latest iOS Update Adds Hundreds of New Emoji, Including the Facepalm


Finally, an emoji we can make good use of…

Apple lovers rejoice! iOS 10.2 is finally here for iPhone and iPad, and it brings with it a veritable smorgasbord of tweaks, improvements and new features.

Here’s a list of what you can expect to find in the new update, direct from Apple:

Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off
Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now
Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store
Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals

Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail
Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions

Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos
Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album
Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts
Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus
Additional support for RAW digital cameras

Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages
Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages

Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next
Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library

Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section
The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You
It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading

Also of note is the addition of a handy “Preserve” function that allows users to tell their device to remember how they like to use their camera. With this enabled, the user’s device will remember to apply preferred settings immediately from launch, rather than forcing them to set the picture mode or fire up filters every time the camera app is opened.

Digital assistant Siri can now also be activated by pressing and holding the Home button, deactivating the function simply by releasing the button.

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The new addition that has the most people talking, however, is the slew of new and improved emoji. No longer shall bacon-loving, owl-owning female firefighters have to make do with inaccurate or aesthetically bland message icons!

Many of the older emoji are now much fuller and more rounded:


And slipped in among them is the pièce de résistance: the Facepalm emoji! Finally, users can convey their feelings about the result of the US presidential election/Brexit negotiations/the continued popularity of Kanye West with a single icon.


You can download the update now via iTunes or directly through your Apple device (head to Settings > General > Software Update). Happy facepalming!

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