This app can type every Unicode character ever on your iPhone


Unichar works everywhere
A great new Unicode app.
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On the Mac, you can type any character available in there Unicode standard, just by opening up the Emoji & Symbols viewer (Control-Command-Space) and picking the one you want. The selection on iOS is much more limited. Even finding an ellipsis is such an odyssey I can never remember whether it’s available or not. But UniChar changes that. It’s a Universal iOS app that brings every single Unicode character to your device.

Apple puts psychedelic spin on Animoji karaoke


The new Animoji ads are trippy.
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Apple has whipped up some new commercials to celebrate the upcoming Grammy Awards by combining some of today’s best artists with the iPhone X’s new Animoji feature.

The new ads titled Amigos and Alien features Migos singing their song “Stir Fly” and Childish Gambino performing “Redbone”. Migos appear as a fox dog and pile of poop, while Gambino appears as an alien.

Check it out:

Try these great emoji shortcuts on iPhone and iPad


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What dog doesn't like sushi?
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Who doesn’t love emoji? People with bad eyesight, that’s who. Everyone else, everyone everywhere, loves the little pictures of medals, flags, headphones, eggplants, and feces. What we don’t like is finding them by swiping around the keyboard section of an iPhone screen. In some ways it’s a metaphor for human existence. We love to manipulate the meaning of symbols through context and juxtaposition, the way a standup comic does, but we’re too lazy to spend the time to do it properly.

Happily for the future of the human race, there are shortcuts to great emoji if you’re using iOS. Let’s take a look.

Get a sneak peek at next year’s new emojis


iOS 11.1 emoji on Twitter
Who doesn't love a good emoji?
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Have you found yourself unable to continue a conversation without the use of a drunk emoji, a female supervillain or a strand of DNA?

If so, you may be pleased to hear that the Unicode Consortium has released its Emoji 11.0 beta to developers, offering a glimpse at the 130 Draft Candidate emojis we may be able to enjoy sometime next year.

Face ID gets its close-up in new Apple videos


Face ID
The iPhone X unlocks with your face.
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Apple’s latest series of videos are out to show fans why they should consider ditching Touch ID for Face ID.

With the new True Depth camera on the iPhone X, Apple’s magical software can unlock your iPhone just by looking at your face. In four new videos published on the company’s YouTube, Apple shows how Face Id can be used to bring your favorite animoji to life and more.

Watch all four right here:

Public testers can now try iOS 11.2


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iOS 11.2 comes with some Control Center tweaks.
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Members of Apple’s public beta testing program can already get in on the action with iOS 11.2.

Apple released its newest batch of betas to public testers today giving members access to all the new features and fixes in the the first beta builds of iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2.

Apple surprises developers with fifth iOS 11.1 beta


iOS 11.1 is nearly ready for the public.
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Developers received the fifth beta build of iOS 11.1 this morning, just three days after Apple released the last batch of updates.

The new iOS 11.1 beta 5 update brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad. Apple added a couple of UI tweaks and new features in the previous iOS 11.1 beta build.

Apple seeds fourth iOS 11.1 beta and more


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A new iOS 11.1 beta is already out!
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Developers just received a new iOS 11.1 beta from Apple this morning even though the company just released a build of the software update earlier this week.

iOS 11.1 beta 4 has been made available today along with the fourth beta builds of watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. All three of the new betas bring a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to their platforms.