The Unicode Consortium’s released a list of emoji candidates for 2018 and they include red-haired emojis, a mango, a bar of soap, an abacus, DNA, and a whole lot more.
Apple hasn’t confirmed iOS 12 yet, but we already have a look at one potential feature long before its official release for iPhone and iPad next year.
Emoji 11.0 is currently in beta and the Unicode Consortium says it will determine a final list of emoji characters sometime in early 2018.
None of the emoji shown on the current list are considered final while the beta is ongoing. The list is simply an early look and some of these emoji characters could get the axe before the final list emerge. In fact, some emojis have already gotten cut from contention.
As of now, the list of potential 2018 emoji characters is extensive and it includes supervillians, a flying disc, a puzzle piece, a mosquito, a bagel, a raccoon, and a llama.
- Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat
- Lotion Bottle
- Bar Of Soap
- Roll Of Toilet Paper
- Teddy Bear
- Safety Pin
- Ball Of Yarn
- Spool Of Thread
- Jigsaw Puzzle Piece
- Flying Disc
- Moon Cake
- Lacrosse Stick And Ball
- Leafy Green
- Red Gift Envelope
- Test Tube
- Flat Shoe
- Lab Coat
- Hiking Boot
- Nazar Amulet
- Fire Extinguisher
- Salt Shaker
- Petri Dish
- Face With Pleading Eyes
- Face With Uneven Eyes And Wavy Mouth
- Freezing Face
- Overheated Face
- Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes And Three Hearts
On top of proposing new emoji characters, the Consortium is also proposing support for reversible emoji. If the proposal clears beta, iOS and Android users will be able flip an emoji in the opposite direction. It’s a request many users have made over the years.
The Consortium’s beta is currently scheduled to finish up in early 2018, but that doesn’t mean these changes arrive on the iPhone, iPad, or any Android devices early next year. Apple and Google typically reserve new emojis for their annual software updates.
If the companies follow a similar schedule in 2018, we could see the unannounced iOS 12 and Android P updates deliver support for Unicode 11.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.