Twitter already supports iOS 11.1’s new emoji no one can see

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iOS 11.1 emoji on Twitter
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Apple rolled out its second iOS 11.1 beta on Monday, adding a whole bunch of new emoji. Less than 24 hours later, those characters are already supported by Twitter — but hardly anyone can see them.

iOS 11.1 includes a host of characters from Unicode 11, which Apple teased last week. They include new faces, animals, sports, mythical creatures, and more. We weren’t able to access them in the company’s first beta release, but they are present in its second.

That means you can use them in iMessages, emails, and online uploads. As of this morning, the new characters are already supported by Twitter, which allows you to include them in tweets, too. But before you do, there’s something you should know.

You can only see them in iOS 11.1 beta 2

Not only do you need iOS 11.1 beta 2 to use the new emoji, but you need it to see them, too. And as things stand, only a very small percentage of iPhone and iPad users have access to this update. For the vast majority, they simply appear as empty boxes.

That will change in the coming months when iOS 11.1 rolls out to the public, and other manufacturers start adopting the new characters. Google has already confirmed that they will be supported in Android 8.0 Oreo. For now, however, it’s probably best that you avoid using them.

Sure, they’re shiny and new — and some look pretty terrific. But what’s the point in using them if hardly anyone can see them?

Via: The Next Web