Emoji have become a key part of the way many of us communicate, but everyone knows the symbols aren’t inclusive. An emoji redesign has been in the works for quite some time, and now the results have landed on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with Wednesday’s release of iOS 8.3.
Now you have access to more than 300 new emoji plus a new scrolling keyboard, so you don’t have to tap through pages to find the symbol that expresses your deepest thoughts. (Or what you had for lunch.)
iOS 8.3 is more diverse across the board, with Siri now able to recognize new languages like Thai, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, and more.
There are a few other interesting changes, like the addition of filtering to wall out unknown numbers in iMessage. You can also report messages as junk to Apple.
iOS 8.3 was the first version of iOS that was available as a public beta, so many of you had the chance to test out the latest features before they officially launched. Public beta testers will also get the chance to take iOS 9 for a spin this summer before its official release, which we expect in September.
As usual, the upgraded OS is available as an over-the-air update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.