Apple Teases More Than 70 Upcoming Emoji for iOS and Mac to Celebrate ‘World Emoji Day’


There are dedicated “days” for a lot of different things out there. Some are official, others not so much. There’s World Goth Day, for instance, or days when we celebrate cake or donuts. And there’s certainly a day to celebrate emoji, because of course there is.

In light of World Emoji Day, Apple is celebrating by confirming that more than 70 new emoji are coming to iOS and macOS devices in the near future, as part of the Unicode 11.0 release. These new emoji are officially approved for that release, so they will be part of the emoji library in the near future.

“More than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update. The new emoji designs, created based on approved characters in Unicode 11.0, include even more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, and new smiley faces that bring more expression to Messages with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts.”

There will be plenty of new options to choose from, as noted in the press release today. That includes representation for folks with curly hair, red hair, a new emoji for bald people, and even more smiley face options for good measure. There’s a new party face, cold face, and even a face to show that you’re pleading with someone. There’s a new face with hearts, too, which you can see just below.

And there are new animals, too, including a lobster, parrot, peacock, kangaroo, and others. New food joining the emoji ranks include a mango, carrot, cupcake, moon cake, and others.

“Many additional characters across sports, symbols and more, will launch later this year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, nazar amulet and infinity symbol.”

Unicode 10.0 was first hinted at back in November of last year and saw the introducing of over 51 new options to the mix. Unicode 11.0 will be bringing even more emoji to the roster, so for folks who have been looking forward to new options, the wait is almost over.

It is more than likely that we will see Unicode 11’s new emoji be available for the general consumer some time around the launch of iOS 12, which is expected to arrive in late September of this year. The new emoji will have a bit of new competition with the new software release, too, as Apple officially welcomes the new Animoji feature, Memoji, into the wild. That feature lets iOS users make themselves into a digital avatar, which can then be sent in messages and shared in other ways as well. If you want to see how to create a Memoji, click right here.

These new emoji will be seeing the light of day later this year. Of these new additions being highlighted by Apple, which are your favorite?

Our Take

I use about three emoji in total, and even then it’s not very often. Still, it’s hard to ignore the fact that emoji are all over the place, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that there’s a World Emoji Day or that Apple is using the day to promote even more options coming to its iOS and macOS platforms later this year.

[via Apple]