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Apple Releases First iOS 10.2 Beta to Public Beta Testers With New Emoji, Wallpapers and More

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, just one over one week after releasing the first major iOS 10 update, iOS 10.1, and one day after providing the iOS 10.2 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device.


iOS 10.2, as a major 10.x update, includes several new features to enhance iOS 10. New emoji have been added, introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and female genders.

Apple has also updated the artwork on many existing emoji, adding detail and making them look less cartoonish and more realistic. In addition to new emoji, the 10.2 update includes new wallpaper, new Music sorting options, a new "Celebrate" Screen Effect," an option for preserving camera settings, a Videos widget, and more.



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31 months ago
Good to see Apple devoting so much ressources to emojis. Cause, you know, that's the most important thing users need right now....It's not like competitors are making Surface Studios and stuff like that...
Rating: 50 Votes
31 months ago

Good to see Apple devoting so much ressources to emojis. Cause, you know, that's the most important thing users need right now....It's not like competitors are making Surface Studios and stuff like that...

I am sure that the team enabling Unicode Emoji is the EXACT SAME TEAM that would do the industrial design and engineering needed to develop a Surface Studio competitor.
Rating: 38 Votes
31 months ago
Why people bother to come on MR just to b*tch, complain, and just bring negativity is annoying as hell. Show them where it hurts....with your wallets. Don't like the products? Buy something else which offers more to your liking. Don't like software updates? Go to Android where your phone carrier dictates when you get updates.

**You all also do realize that the emojis are accepted/updated by a Unicode Consortium right? Apple just adds them to align with the Unicode 9....but I assume you'd complain and cry about it anyway***
Rating: 29 Votes
31 months ago
These fools. When will they realize that we need an emoji to express our dislike of emojis.
Rating: 23 Votes
31 months ago
iOS 10 ... the Emoji release.
Rating: 16 Votes
31 months ago
New Emoji! Yay! That's what I needed! ;)
Rating: 15 Votes
31 months ago

Good to see Apple devoting so much ressources to emojis. Cause, you know, that's the most important thing users need right now....It's not like competitors are making Surface Studios and stuff like that...


You're so right. Because:
1. software engineers know how to update hardware
2. many people don't use Emojis
3. many people can afford $3000 desktop machines

/s

Why do people constantly have to bring up the Surface Studio, regardless of the main post? It's such a niche product, and in this case, way more niche than Emoji.

Let me guess, you're probably not going to buy the Studio, right?
Rating: 15 Votes
31 months ago
Emojis!!!!! I can think of better things that users want and need.
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Rating: 13 Votes
31 months ago

The new iMessage effect looks pretty good actually.


I mean I get why iMessage isn't cross platform after seeing it, as well. If you were to send that sparks effect to someone with a Note 7, they would think their phone was beginning to explode.
Rating: 13 Votes
31 months ago

Good to see Apple devoting so much ressources to emojis. Cause, you know, that's the most important thing users need right now....It's not like competitors are making Surface Studios and stuff like that...


Surface Studio looks flashy and "cool" until you realize its worthless unless you are an artist. And the machine is too underpowered to do any real 3D modeling on. Someone said ".... and hololens is awesome!" - hololens is an expensive but worthless toy. It has to be connected to a PC to work... so are you going to toss a laptop in your backpack, then run the cable from the backpack the hololens and walk around in public like robocop? you would look dumb as hell.

I am fascinated how many people on here want Apple to come up with a new invention every year - they don't just appreciate the fact that Apple has the most advanced tech ecosystem in existence. Microsoft nor Google can touch the apple ecosystem and I don't mean iTunes and iCloud. All the continuity features, the way apple devices communicate and work with each other like they are extensions of one another.

Are apple laptops and iPhones expensive? sure - but the price is worth it to me for the quality. Go pick up a android phone or windows phone - they are plastic pieces of crap. Go purchase a Windows laptop then try to sell it a year later - it holds no resale value because nobody wants a used windows PC of any kind. Yet a used MacBook will bring top dollar on eBay.

But back to the Apple ecosystem - Android phones and Windows machines are isolated machines that don't actually communicate with any other device, unlike all the devices in Apples ecosystem...

Examples:

* being able to send and receive SMS text messages from your iPhone on your mac using a full sized keyboard...(and being able to answer calls on your mac - yes I do this when i have headphones attached to the mac)
* universal copy and paste
* being able to start something on one device and finish it on another (handoff)
* using your iPhone as a remote for the apple tv (and being able to use the iPhone keyboard to type things in a search bar on the apple TV, or for that matter being able to use voice control for your apple TV)
* being able to load up iTunes songs on your apple watch and use a wireless headset to listen to watch iTunes during a workout so you don't have to take your phone with you
* purchasing apps on macOS that have companion controls surfaces for iPad


Apple is the ONLY one that has a COMPLETE device and software ecosystem. And while the things on my list sounds like small things individually, together they make the Apple ecosystem BY FAR the best by a long shot. Microsoft can't even come close to touching these things and Google is even further away because they don't even have a desktop OS.

All you people saying Apple are losers and all that now - you are mentally ill or dumb (or both). Go ahead and sell all your apple stuff and go buy a windows PC and an android phone... you will soon realize how ****** those are and will most likely come back to apple with great haste.
Rating: 11 Votes

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