Have you found yourself in search of that perfect emoji only to realize Apple hasn’t implemented the lime icon just yet? If so, you’re in luck.
iOS 17.4 beta 1 has just gone live and this comes with a variety of changes, but perhaps the biggest is some brand new emoji. As shown in a Unicode blog last September, there are over 100 new emoji, including head shaking, head nodding, phoenix, lime, brown mushroom, and a broken chain. The rest are changes made to family emojis and movement emojis like a person running or a person in a wheelchair moving. You can find the full list on Emojipedia.
These emojis were also made available to Samsung devices, such as the S24 Ultra. Given that iOS 17.4 beta 1 has just arrived, this update is likely to launch in the coming weeks.
What else is new in iOS 17.4?
Podcasts now have transcripts which means you can read along as you watch — a particularly useful feature if you can’t quite make out what someone is saying. As well as this, due to EU mandates, alternative App stores can now be used with Apple devices, though parents will have to turn on the feature for their children. Gaming apps like Xbox Cloud Gaming will finally be allowed to have their own app, which means you won’t need to load it up from a web browser once iOS 17.4 is out.
Stolen Device Protection has also been implemented, which is a nifty security feature that requires a Face ID or Touch ID verification for certain uses, such as paying for the weekly shop or changing passwords, regardless of whether you have the passcode. This means that thieves who have your code won’t be able to access your private information. When you combine everything that iOS 17.4 will bring, it looks set to make a big impact on your iPhone once it's released.
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James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person.
With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer.
As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.