50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed

50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

They’re not available in the iOS 11 beta but, new emoji should be coming to the iPhone and iPad in an iOS 11 update later this year.

The Unicode Consortium has officially released Unicode 10.0 and it includes new emoji characters like sandwich, vampire, and broccoli. The update also delivers a set of Typicon marks and symbols, and a Bitcoin sign.

The new emoji were originally previewed back in March but, the Consortium has narrowed the list down to a 56 new emoji characters.

In addition to sandwich, vampire, and broccoli, Unicode 10.0 features:

  • Mage
  • Fairy
  • Coconut
  • Exploding Head
  • Hijab
  • Zombie
  • Elf
  • Genie
  • Person in a Steamy Room
  • Zebra
  • Giraffe
  • Dumpling
  • Mermaid
  • Dinosaurs
  • Colbert” emoji

The list is final which means companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft can now include them in updates for their products.

The current version of iOS 11 doesn’t include any new emoji for the iPhone or iPad but, Apple will almost certainly release the new characters for its keyboards inside a future iOS 11 update.

Last year, the company used its iOS 10.2 update to deliver Unicode 9.0 support and 70+ new emoji characters to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Apple’s iOS 10.2 update arrived in mid-December, months after the conclusion of the iOS 10 beta and several weeks after the official iOS 10 release.

If the company sticks to the same pattern, we could see a milestone upgrade like iOS 11.1 or iOS 11.2 deliver these new emoji to iPhone and iPad users around the world.

 

Apple’s iOS 11 update is currently in beta ahead of a wider release this fall. The iOS 11 beta includes a new features like Siri voice translation, the ability to screen record, a redesigned Control Center, tweaks to the home screen and Notifications, and many other changes from iOS 10.

The company’s first beta is plagued with issues including severe battery drain, connectivity issues, and problems with first and third-party apps.

Apple is planning to release a public iOS 11 beta before the end of June and we expect the public beta to improve on the first beta’s performance.

5 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11 Beta & 8 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot. 

The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall. 

Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.  

If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs. 

If you find something, make sure you report it to Apple

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50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

9 Common iOS 11 Beta Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

9 Common iOS 11 Beta Mistakes & How to Avoid Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re planning to try the iOS 11 beta ahead of the official release in the fall, make sure you avoid some of these common mistakes.

The iOS 11 update is out in beta form giving iPhone and iPad users a chance to try its features and test its performance before everyone else gets it later this year.

The company is expected to open up the iOS 11 beta to the general public via its Beta Software Program sometime later this month. We could see a release as soon as Monday, June 26th.

A lot of people are waiting for the free public iOS 11 beta to open up and we don’t blame them. The pre-release software is loaded up with new features and the public beta could be a little more stable than the developer version of the iOS 11 beta.

If you’re gearing up to try the public iOS 11 beta you’re want to prepare. We’ve been using the iOS 11 beta for a few weeks now and today we want to use that experience and help first-time beta users avoid some extremely common mistakes we, and others, have made in the past.

Prepare for the iOS 11 Beta

You might be tempted to rush into an install, especially if you’ve been waiting for the public iOS 11 beta to drop. Don’t succumb to the temptation.

If you rush into the iOS 11 beta it could result in any number of headaches or problems. This is particularly true if this is your first time trying pre-release software. There’s a reason this is called a beta, it’s not for everyone.

To avoid unnecessary headaches you’ll want to take your time and prepare for the iOS 11 beta download and installation.

We’ve put together a solid game plan that will take you through the most important things you need to do before (and after) you install the iOS 11 beta on your phone or tablet.

We recommend putting aside an hour or more, even if you’ve been through the process before.

Don’t Install If You Feel Uncomfortable

To get the iOS 11 beta onto your device you’ll need to go through a series of steps. You signup and download it. You need to install it. And, if you run into problems, you might need to downgrade back to official iOS software.

If any of these seem daunting, if you feel uncomfortable at all, take a rain check and wait until you have a grasp on the installation process and the downgrade process.

We’ve put together a signup guide, an installation guide, and a downgrade guide that you’ll want to go through. Make sure everything makes sense before you install.

You might also take a look at our iOS 11 vs. iOS 10 walkthrough so that you’re comfortable with all of the changes ahead of time.

Don’t Upgrade If You’re Jailbroken

Jailbreak developers haven’t released a iOS 11 beta jailbreak. So, to avoid losing your current jailbreak, you’ll want to avoid iOS 11 beta.

If you make the move to iOS 11 beta you’ll lose your opportunity to jailbreak the iPhone or iPad. The current jailbreak tool only supports iOS 10.2 and below and there’s no way to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.3.1.

Jailbreak developers have teased an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak but a public release is out of the picture for now.

Don’t Download It On Your Primary Device

The iOS 11 beta is plagued with problems ranging from severe battery drain to problems with popular apps to issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s a lot buggier than iOS 10.3.2.

Apple will improve the beta over time but bugs will likely plague the software all the way up until the final release this fall. It’ll never be perfect.

Avoid installing iOS 11 beta on your primary device. If you rely on your iPhone or iPad to get you through the week, stay on official software.

iOS 11 beta’s features might be tempting but the last thing you want is for iOS 11 beta problems to interfere with your job or schoolwork. It’s not worth it.

Be Careful If You’re Using an Old Device or Old Software

We’ve been using the iOS 11 beta on the iPhone 6s and iPad Air. We’re enjoying iOS 11’s features but the update’s performance leaves something to be desired.

If you’re using an older device and/or an older version of iOS, you’ll want to dig into a ton of iOS 11 beta feedback before you make the move.

Older devices typically feel problems the most so you’ll want to learn about the benefits, and downsides, to your version of the iOS 11 beta before installing.

If you’re currently running firmware older than iOS 10.3.1, say iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 9, you’ll need to be extremely careful. Once you jump up to iOS 11 beta there’s no way to go back to anything older than iOS 10.3.1.

Don’t Download Just to Download

Don’t download the iOS 11 beta just to download it. You should have a valid reason to be trying buggy pre-release software on your device.

Maybe you want to help Apple test it for bugs and improve the final product. Maybe it’s to test performance on an older device like the iPhone 5s. Maybe there are a few particular features that caught your eye.

To help you find a purpose we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t find a reason there, and our list of iOS 11 features fails to excite you, you should probably stay put on an older version of iOS 10.

Don’t Count on Apple to Solve Problems

Apple is still working on iOS 11 which means its customer service might not be able to help you should you run into a problem with the beta. And you probably will run into trouble.

iOS 11 is buggy and unpredictable. We’ve encountered a number of frustrating problems including issues with Control Center, Bluetooth, and various core applications including Podcasts, Chrome, and YouTube.

Other iOS 11 beta users are seeing weird battery drain, issues with connectivity, lag, beta installation problems, and a variety of other bugs.

Some iOS 11 beta issues might require fixes from Apple. Others you should be able to fix on your own.

If Apple support can’t help you, and the advice from your local Apple Genius is to get off the iOS 11 beta, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 beta problems and keep them handy.

Don’t Forget to Check for Feedback About Apps

You can’t expect app developers to help you either. If you run into a problem with a third-party application, there’s a good chance your complaints will fall on deaf ears.

Developers are testing their applications with iOS 11 but most iOS 11 support updates won’t arrive until the final version lands in the fall.

The latest bug fix update for an app could help smooth out performance but it could also make things a lot worse.

 

Before you go on an update spree make sure you dig into feedback.

iOS 11 beta users aren’t allowed to leave reviews on the App Store so you’ll need to find a third-party forum or check the app developer’s forum for feedback about iOS 11 beta and the latest bug fix update.

Avoid the iOS 11 Beta If You’re Traveling

The new Siri voice translation features might have you curious but you’ll want to avoid using pre-release software while you’re traveling.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. This is pre-release software and there’s a potential for a lot to go wrong:

  • Your camera app could self-destruct during a beautiful moment with your family.
  • Your GPS could malfunction while trying to figure out where to go.
  • Your battery life could take an unexpected hit and die an hour into an 8 hour flight.

You simply don’t want your device or your various apps and services to breakdown while you’re traveling for fun or business.

If you’re absolutely must try iOS 11 ahead of time, do it when you get back.

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot. 

The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall. 

Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.  

If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs. 

If you find something, make sure you report it to Apple

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9 Common iOS 11 Beta Mistakes & How to Avoid Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Sign Up for the iOS 11 Public Beta

How to Sign Up for the iOS 11 Public Beta is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

To download the iOS 11 public beta, you need to sign up for the iOS 11 beta program. The free Apple Beta program allows you to test prerelease software on your iPhone and iPad so that you can try all the new iOS 11 features before the fall iOS 11 release date.

We’ll show you how to sign up for the iOS 11 public beta, walk you through the reasons you should and shouldn’t try the iOS 11 beta and let you know when to expect the iOS 11 public beta download on your device.

It’s a good idea to sign up for the Apple Beta program now, instead of after the iOS 11 public beta starts, even if you don’t plan to use the first beta that is often more buggy. When you sign up you will then have the option to install the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad, but you don’t need to do it immediately.

Read: How Long Does the iOS 11 Beta Take to Install

The iOS 11 public beta release date is set for late June, so if you sign up today you won’t be able to download it immediately. If you don’t want to try the iOS 10.3.3 beta, it’s a good idea to sign up now and then wait to install the profile that you will have to download until later.

How to Sign Up for the iOS 11 Public Beta

While you can skip this step and download the iOS 11 beta to your device today without joining the Apple Beta program, the developer beta is often buggier and most users will have a better time using the public iOS 11 beta. If you used the iOS 10 beta or any other Apple Beta, you may need to sign in, instead of signing up for the beta.

  1. Go to the Apple Beta Program website
  2. Click the Sign-Up Button.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Read and agree to the iOS 11 Beta Agreement.
Your iOS 11 download screen will show the public iOS 11 beta instead of the developer.
Your iOS 11 download screen will show the public iOS 11 beta instead of the developer.

You are now part fo the iOS Beta Program, and when the iOS 11 public beta release arrives you can download it. You can continue reading these instructions for how to download the profile. If you download it now, you should be ready for the iOS 11 public beta release, but you can only download the iOS 10.3.3 public beta at this point.

  • Click on the iOS tab.
  • Click on enroll your iOS device.
  • Backup your iPhone or iPad and take these steps.
  • Go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 11 Beta Profile.
  • Check for a new iOS update on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 11 public beta as you would any other update.

You can check out the new iOS 11 features and how iOS 11 vs iOS 10 compare in the slides below. This will help you identify the new features that you should check out and what’s changed. This is also a good time to get familiar with iOS 11 beta problems. If you run into problems, you can downgrade from the iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11

iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

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iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

iMessages continue to be one of the biggest iPhone and iPad features that Apple offers. In fact, it's a major reason we don't switch from the iPhone to Android. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages. 

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation. This means you can use the iMessage apps to send stickers and other short bits of information to people faster on iOS 11. 

Apple also now offers Messages in iCloud. This allows you to keep all of your iMessage and Text conversations in sync across your devices using iCloud. This also means that if you delete a conversation it is deleted across all devices. This will also help keep large message thread storage in check without the need to delete threads all the time. 

 

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How to Sign Up for the iOS 11 Public Beta is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 11 Release: 5 Things to Expect & 5 Not To

iOS 11 Release: 5 Things to Expect & 5 Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 11 release plans are extremely vague so we want to help fill in some blanks.

The iOS 11 release date is confirmed for the fall. Apple hasn’t specified a date and it’ll probably be awhile before we get a firm day to look forward to.

The company’s also running an iOS 11 beta ahead of the update’s official release. We already know a lot about the iOS 11 beta but there are a few important details still missing in action.

As we push into the summer it’s important for iPhone and iPad users to set correct expectations about the iOS 11 beta and the final iOS 11 release later this year. For instance, we probably won’t get a new iOS 11 beta every week and we most likely won’t see Apple release the final version of iOS 11 in December.

Some parts of the iOS 11 release are difficult to predict. That said, we’re able to fill in some gaps using Apple’s iOS release protocol and our years of experience with iOS updates and betas.

This guide outlines what to expect from the iOS 11 release date, release time, and the beta. It also goes over a few things you shouldn’t expect from Apple.

These early predictions will help average iPhone and iPad users, people new to the iOS operating system, and those of who’ve never followed a beta set realistic expectations.

Expect the Public iOS 11 Beta on One of These Dates

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Expect the Public iOS 11 Beta on One of These Dates

Let's start with a few things to expect from the iOS 11 beta release.

Shortly after the conclusion of its WWDC 2017 keynote, Apple released an iOS 11 beta, a pre-release version of iOS 11. The iOS 11 beta is available right now though only to developers. 

Apple is planning to release a public iOS 11 beta to those signed up for the Beta Software Program in late June. The company hasn't specified a date. 

If you're looking to try the public iOS 11 beta ahead of the update's official release, there are now two dates to circle on the calendar: June 26th, a Monday and June 27th, a Tuesday. 

Apple probably won't confirm the public iOS 11 beta release date ahead of time but the company typically releases new iOS software on Monday morning.

A release on Tuesday would match the same 22 day period it put between iOS 10 beta builds last year. 

As for the public iOS 11 beta itself, expect it to be a little more stable than the current iOS 11 beta. The developer beta is plagued with a variety of issues

The public beta won't be perfect but we've typically had a better experience on public versions of Apple's beta software. 

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iOS 11 Release: 5 Things to Expect & 5 Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPad Air iOS 11 Beta 2: First Impressions & Performance

iPad Air iOS 11 Beta 2: First Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPad Air iOS 11 beta 2 is an improvement over the first release but most people should continue to avoid Apple’s pre-release software.

The original iPad Air will be moving from iOS 10 to iOS 11 in the fall. iOS 11 is a huge upgrade for Apple’s slates and there are some exciting features on board the first two iOS 11 betas.

In early June we decided to make the jump from the iPad Air’s iOS 10.3.2 update to the iOS 11 beta. More recently, we moved from the iOS 11 beta 1 to the iOS 11 beta 2.

We’ve already taken a deep dive into the iOS 11 beta’s features and we’ve taken a look at some reasons to, and not to, install the beta on the iPad right now. This guide isn’t focused on iOS 11’s features. Instead, we’re taking a look at how the iOS 11 beta is performing on the aging 9.7-inch tablet.

There are some things we like about the early version of Apple’s iPad Air iOS 11 update. There are also some annoying problems plaguing our device and these issues have us considering a move back to iOS 10.3.2.

These are our first impressions of the iPad Air iOS 11 beta 2 and this feedback will help you decide if installing the iOS 11 beta is the right decision for you and your iPad Air.

iPad Air iOS 11 Beta 2 Installation

Before we get into performance a few notes about the iPad Air iOS 11 beta 2 installation.

The iPad Air iOS 11 beta is 356MB, much smaller than the first iOS 11 beta. If you’re coming from the first beta and you’re connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network, it should only take a few seconds for the download to complete. From there, the installation process took about seven minutes to finish up.

If you’re installing iOS 11 beta for the first time your download and installation will take a lot longer. You should also expect your iPad to reboot itself several times.

You’ll also need to spend some time logging back into iCloud and various apps and services. We recommend putting aside 30-40 minutes, at least, to get the job done.

Some iOS 11 beta testers have run into installation problems so take your time. We’ve put together a pre-installation guide that takes you through some steps to take before you install the iOS 11 beta.

Now, let’s move into some thoughts on of the iPad Air iOS 11 beta’s performance.

Battery Life

Some iPad users are complaining about severe battery drain. It’s a common beta problem and one that we could definitely face down the road.

As of right now, our iPad Air battery is exhibiting normal vital signs. We haven’t seen any weird drain when playing games, answering emails, or watching videos. The iPad’s also keeping a solid charge in standby mode.

We can’t speak about long-term battery life just yet, we’ve only been using the beta 2 for a couple of days, but short-term battery life is comparable to iOS 10.3.2. We can’t ask for much more than that.

Battery life problems can emerge at any time. If you start to notice severe drain on your iPad Air, take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 11 beta battery life.

Connectivity

Connectivity has also been a bright spot during our short time with the iOS 11 beta 2.

The iPad Air model in our possession isn’t cellular-enabled but we have tested Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

We’ve successfully connected the device and its new software to several different routers and to an eero home Wi-Fi system. Speeds are good and we haven’t noticed any dropped connections.

We’ve also tested the iPad Air with a few Bluetooth devices including the Bose SoundLink Mini speakers and the QC 35 headphones. Our connection to those devices has been stable.

Apps & Services

If you’re familiar with Apple’s iOS beta process you probably know that pre-release software typically doesn’t get along with first and third-party apps and services. If you rely on your iPad for school or work (like we do), that could be a problem.

Our core applications on the iPad include Netflix, Camera, FaceTime, Slack, Spotify, Instagram, Chrome, Asana, Podcasts, Photos, Twitter, YouTube, The Weather Channel app, and Soundcloud. We also occasionally play Tiny Wings and Papers, Please, two popular iOS games.

So far, FaceTime, Chrome, Photos, Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, and the YouTube app have crashed multiple times.  This all took place within a few hours of the installation. The Camera app occasionally refuses to open. We’ve had to restart the device in order to get it to work.

Simply put, our apps aren’t stable and that’s a big problem since we rely on the iPad throughout the day.

At this point, the crashes have us pondering an immediate move back to iOS 10.3.2 where our key applications were far more stable.

Speed

The iOS 11 beta 2 feels faster than the first beta but we’re still noticing issues with the device’s UI speed.

While iOS 10.3.2 was pretty fast, iOS 11 beta 2 feels sluggish. It would be manageable if the slowdown occurred at unimportant times. However, that’s not the case.

The keyboard lag that we saw in the first beta has carried over to the second beta. The lag makes it difficult to type messages and write emails.

Scrolling around the interface is pretty smooth but we’re still noticing lag when  we open folders and apps. The folder animation is often jagged and jerky and opening apps takes a few seconds longer than it did on iOS 10.3.2.

We’ve also noticed some slowdown when dragging out Control Center from the bottom of the screen. This was a problem for us on iOS 10 and its followed us to iOS 11 it seems.

Bugs & Other Problems

We’ve also seen a few other bugs that are worth pointing out:

  • The iPad’s gotten stuck in landscape several times.
  • Our iPad Air’s also randomly rebooted itself once. We didn’t notch a single random reboot on the iOS 11 beta 1.

One positive is that the Bluetooth toggle in Control Center is fixed in the beta 2. It didn’t work in the first beta.

Should You Install the iPad Air iOS 11 Beta 2?

If you rely on your iPad Air to get work done during the day you probably don’t want to install iOS 11 right now. It’s still buggy and slow.

Apple is planning to release a public iOS 11 beta before the end of June and that’s the one you should have your eye on. It’ll probably be a little more stable.

If you have an old iPad Air lying around and you really want to give the new features a try (we don’t blame you), it might be worth the trouble.

If you need more feedback, take a look at our walkthrough below.

5 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11 Beta & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot. 

The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall. 

Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.  

If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs. 

If you find something, make sure you report it to Apple

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iPad Air iOS 11 Beta 2: First Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.