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Apple Releases watchOS 3.1.1 With Unicode 9.0 Support And More

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Following the release of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, watchOS 3.1.1 is now available to all Apple Watch users. The new update is available for Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1, as well as Apple Watch Series 2, so nobody gets let behind.

watchOS 3.1.1 is an arguably minor update to the wrist-worn operating system. The new update adds some bug fixes and performance improvements behind the scenes, but also adds support for the new Unicode 9.0 emoji.

Unicode 9.0 adds over 100 new emoji to Apple Watch such as; clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, own, shark, butterfly, avocado, and many more. A new feature was also added to allow for swapping out skin tones on the Watch on select emoji.

Folks can update to watchOS 3.1.1 by going to Watch > My Watch > General > Software Update. Check out the reply for the full changelog below.
 
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Emoji
  • Unicode 9.0 emoji, such as clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant and more. There are also profession emoji in male and female genders like firefighter, mechanic, lawyer, doctor, scientist and others. There are 100+ new emoji to choose from and some of the older emoji have been redrawn in Apple’s new style.
  • A new feature allows you to change the skin tone of emoji.
Bug fixes
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent contact names from appearing in the Messages app and notifications.
  • Fixes an issue that could impact ability to respond to notifications.
  • Resolves an issue where the Stocks complication may not update on the watch face.
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent the Activity rings from displaying on the Activity watch faces.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the dials on an analog watch face from appearing after changing the temperature unit in the Weather app.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the Maps app to stay launched after navigation has ended.
  • Resolves an issue where the incorrect date could be displayed in the Calendar app month view.
 

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It looks like some of the second series AW have been bricked by the update. Mine was not affected.
 
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