Beta 2 of iOS 12.1 & MacOS 10.14.1 Released for Testing, Includes 70+ New Emoji
Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 12.1 for iPhone and iPad, along with beta 2 of macOS Mojave 10.14.1 for Mac. Beta releases are available for users enrolled in the respective beta testing programs.
iOS 12.1 beta 2 includes many new Emoji icons, while macOS 10.14.1 beta will presumably get the same Emoji icons later.
Separately, new betas are available for Apple Watch with watchOS 5.1 beta, and there is a new beta for tvOS 12.1 for Apple TV as well.
The new iOS 12.1 beta 2 release includes over 70 new Emoji icons, including character person emojis with orange hair, various new person emojis with various new hair styles, a bagel, peacock, macaw, test tube, a ball of yarn, a lobster, a kangaroo, lettuce, salt shaker, cupcake, a boot, skateboard, lacrosse stick, llama, raccoon, mosquito, compass, swan, frisbee, and more. Emoji icons are very popular for many iPhone and iPad users, so the inclusion of new Emoji icons will likely lead to a rapid adoption of iOS 12.1 once it is finalized. Apple is actively promoting the new Emoji icons coming in iOS 12.1 in a press release on their website here, which is where the following animated GIF originates from as well.
Aside from the emoji, no other features of iOS 12.1 are mentioned in the download notes or the press release from Apple, though it’s likely the iOS 12.1 release will include various feature enhancements and bug fixes. For example, apparently the beta release resolves an issue experienced by some users experiencing inconsistent device recharging. iOS 12.1 beta currently includes capabilities for using group FaceTime with up to 32 people in video chat.
Users enrolled in the iOS 12.1 beta testing program can find the latest update available now from the Software Update mechanism of the Settings app in iOS.
Typically a developer beta build is released first, then a public beta release of the same version appears soon after.
If you were previously enrolled in the iOS 12 beta but then later left the iOS 12 beta program then you’d need to re-enroll and download the beta profile onto an iPhone or iPad to find the iOS 12.1 beta 2 software update available.
Likewise, the new macOS 10.14.1 beta 2 release is available for Mac beta testers to download now from the Software Update control panel in Mac OS Mojave, unless you had previously chosen to stop getting beta updates in macOS Mojave.
While macOS 10.14.1 beta 2 appears to include support for Group FaceTime, it’s not clear if the 70+ new emoji are included in this beta release yet.
Apple states that the new Emoji icons from iOS 12.1 beta 2 will also arrive in future versions of macOS and watchOS, so Mac and Apple Watch Emoji fans shouldn’t feel too left out.