Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 with new emoji, fixes for Office 2016, Mail and more

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Over the last few weeks, Apple has been releasing betas for OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, sewing in new features and patches to the company’s latest desktop software.

Now, on Wednesday, October 21, Apple has officially released OS X 10.11.1 to the public. As it has been building up in the betas, this is a minor upgrade from the base release, focusing primarily on bug fixes and performance enhancements behind the scenes. However, it does also include support for the latest iteration of Unicode, and with it, new emoji, like the middle finger, a taco, and more.

As is par for the course, the software update can be installed through the Mac App Store and the Update tab. Here’s the official changelog from Apple:

    This update:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support

As noted in the changelog, this does fix a major issue with Microsoft’s Office 2016 suite of apps, which many El Capitan users have been expressing dissatisfaction with thanks to frequent crashes, incompatibility, or otherwise not opening the apps at all.

On top of that, the new software also includes fixes for Apple’s stock Mail app, including missing server information.