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Apple released the latest update to iOS today — iOS 8.3 — and one of the main feature upgrades is the addition of hundreds of new emoji icons.

Oddly, some of these new emojis turn into alien icons when sent to devices running earlier versions of iOS.

Note the black boxes on the right-hand screenshot below:

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Thankfully, the new iOS update had some more serious business to attend to.

It offers improved performance, a new keyboard design, and a bunch of bug fixes. It’s available right now as an over-the-air upgrade.

The emojis of human faces now come with a pop-up bar that lets you set the skin tone of each one. There are also several new flag icons and updated phone, computer, and Apple Watch, iMac, and iPhone emojis.

The emojis are reorganized so it’s easier to scroll through them and find the one you want.

Other update highlights include:

  • Carplay users can now connect their phones to the in-car infotainment system without a cable.
  • Passbook now has a division between the Apple Pay stuff and the passes.
  • The capability to place calls using the iPhone’s speaker phone.
  • New support for Google two-factor authentication makes it possible to add new Google accounts without the need for separate app specific passwords.
  • In Safari, the keyboard has changed. The space bar is now significantly longer, which should help users avoid accidentally hitting the period key.
  • Apple added a way for users to download free apps without having to enter their password.

H/t: Ryan Matzner

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