iOS 11.1 introduces a whole new way to say “I love you”

The forthcoming iOS 11.1 release will include a veritable feast of new emoji, Apple has revealed.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners will be able to send out more emotive smiley faces (shhhh!) and new gender neutral characters. There’s also a wizard and a vampire.

There’s new clothing options (trench coat), food types (broccoli), animals (giraffe) and some mythical creatures (mermaid).

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The release will also include many of the new, inclusive Unicode emoji announced earlier this year.

There’s the woman wearing a headscarf, a breastfeeding emoji and the gesture for “I Love You” in American sign language.

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(Funny story: The first time my now wife professed her love, we were snorkeling. I thought she was giving me the old heavy metal devil horns, so I returned it in kind)

They’re joined by a bearded person, a zombie and, erm, a sandwich.

Registered developers and public beta members will be able to test out the emojis from next week when the first iOS 11 betas appear.

Apple hasn’t mentioned if any other new features will be along for the ride. The original iOS 11 release was missing key features like Apple Pay Cash and Messages in iCloud.

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