Apple releases an update for mobile phone software, iOS, ahead of new phone launch.

Known to many as ‘the emoji update’, Apple iOS 11.1 is now available for download. The highlight anticipated software update hits phones just a few days before the iPhone X is scheduled to land on shelves. In addition to more than 70 emojis being added into the ecosystem, iOS 11.1 also includes bug fixes and other improvements. Here is a rundown of the main features.

  • ios update newsOver 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, and gender-neutral characters
  • Photos
    • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
    • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
    • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud backup
    • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Accessibility
    • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
    • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
    • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
    • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
    • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
    • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Other Improvements and Fixes
    • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
    • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
    • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
    • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
    • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
    • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Before updating to a new operating system, you should create a backup of your iPhone. You can backup using iCloud or by connecting to iTunes.