Twitter flips out over Apple’s new bird-flipping emoji


Look for a one-fingered salute coming soon to a text near you.
Look for a one-fingered salute coming soon to a text near you.
Photo: iOS 9.1

Remember in grade school when you learned what the middle finger meant? Twitter was kind of like that Thursday morning as giggly and astonished people reported their discovery of a middle-finger emoji in their iOS update.

This is not new news. We knew the finger would fly when the iOS update was announced earlier. Maybe it got lost in the excitement of finally getting a taco emoji. Who knows. But the tweets about the bird were refreshing 20 and 30 at a time every few seconds this morning.

To most taking to social media, the middle finger feels naughty and delicious.

Up yours, Unicorn Burrito: Unleash iOS 9.1’s awesome new emojis


This sad, middle finger-free existence is over in iOS 9.1.
Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

This week’s update to iOS 9.1 did more than just squash some bugs and tweak the Shift key. It also added a ton of new emojis to your built-in keyboard. If you want to put a number on it, iOS 9.1 adds 184 new, tiny pictures to spice up your text messages.

It may be hard to keep track of which ones are new, so we gathered up the newcomers for your convenience — along with where to find them.

iOS 9.1 is here with new emoji, wallpapers and more


iOS 9.3 beta 6 is here!
iOS 9.3 beta 6 is here!
Photo: Apple

A ton of new emoji land on iOS devices today with the public launch of iOS 9.1.

Apple released iOS 9.1 this morning to users after five beta builds of the first big iOS 9 update were tested by developers. Among the new features: dozens of new emoji for everything from tacos, burritos, unicorns — and even a middle finger.

iOS users currently running iOS 9.0.2 can grab the new software via an over-the-air update or download it directly from iTunes.

Here’s everything that’s new in the update: