Hedgehogs, Wizards, and "hundreds" of other emoji coming to iOS 11.1 beta

Next week's release of iOS 11.1 beta to developers and public testers has one fun change in store: literally hundreds of new emoji. Apple revealed some of the upcoming characters today, which are Apple's take on the approved Unicode 10 standard.

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In addition to the traditional smilies seen above (in a variety of skin tones), there are new animals and creatures. The smiling hedgehog (see below) is an instant winner, and the dinosaur is sure to be popular with kids.

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Finally, Tolkien and "Dungeons and Dragons" fans will have wizards available for emoting, while mermaids are sure to be popular at the seashore and near swimming pools.

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Expect to see new food, new clothing options, and the ever-popular zombies coming to your emoji keyboard. In addition, there will be an ASL gesture emoji for the phrase "I love you", and even someone in the lotus position.