iOS 9.1 Let's You Flip People The Bird in Emoji Form

John Keefer

Devilish Rogue
Aug 12, 2013
iOS 9.1 Let's You Flip People The Bird in Emoji Form

The newest iOS update is out, and while some changes are significant, the one getting the most attention is being able to visually flip people off.

iOS 9 has had its share of problems since launch in September, and today, it has released it's third update in the last month. While many will be thrilled with the critical fixes, most may just be downloading it because they can now emoji "the bird" to someone that makes them mad.

Yep, among the myriad changes to the iOS in the new 9.1 update, more than 150 new emojis [] make their debut, including the middle finger in various skin colors, daytime camping, travel variations and a champagne glass. One guess as to which one may get the most use. But since we won't dwell on the vulgar, here is the list of fixes in the latest iOS:

Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching for some users
Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message
Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store

That's a pretty big list, in contrast to the previous 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 updates. In addition, iOS 9.1 will be needed for the new Apple TV.

And while many are rejoicing over the technical leaps as well as the crass ones, there are still a few who may be unhappy. There is still no beard emoji [].

Source: Apple []



You Are Interested. Certainly.
Feb 25, 2015
I wonder how many will find this offensive. And not the 'OK' hand sign.

Inb4 'We live in the west.", totally disregarding that Apple sells world wide.


New member
Sep 18, 2008
I find it rather fitting. It's a racially diverse way to harass people. Seems like it'd fit better on Twitter or Tumblr.