Pro Tip: New emoji aren’t out for iOS 9 yet


How will we express this emotion?!
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Pro Tip Cult of Mac bugSome iPhone and iPad users upgrading to iOS 9 today have been looking forward to expressing their love of tacos, burritos, and unicorns — and their disdain for everything else — using the much-touted new emojis, which include the coveted and versatile “middle finger” icon.

But unfortunately for those folks, we’re going to have to wait a little longer to start flipping things the bird.

We first got the good news last week when we found out that the taco, burrito, unicorn, and middle finger were coming to iOS 9. But overenthused users might have missed the important part of the news: Those versatile tools won’t be arriving until Version 9.1.

The middle finger, which has the proper name of “Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended” according to Emojipedia, has been around since Unicode 7 came out in June 2014, but smartphone makers have hesitated to add them to their native emoji lineups. And ironically, we have no single emoji that lets us express our feelings about them holding out on us.

iOS 9.1 will be out by the end of the year, and it will also include the less controversial “Sign of the Horns,” Hot Dog, Robot Face, Synagogue, and Mosque. We’ll also be getting new smileys to communicate hugs, money, and a quick way to call someone a nerd with the Nerd Face. It will even include some “missing” emojis from Unicode 7 like a spider, a chipmunk, and some new weather icons.

Unicode 7 Emojis in iOS 9-1
iOS 9.1 will get all of last year’s best emojis.
Photo: Emojipedia

So unfortunately, people who were looking forward to using the new emojis after their updates today (assuming they didn’t experience some of the widespread problems with the download) will have to occupy themselves with the system’s other cool features like Slide Over multitasking on iPad and the new functionality from digital assistant Siri. The fun little pictures will be along before you know it.


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