Unicode Consortium approved 117 new emojis as part of the Emoji 13.0 list back in January. Android 11 Beta had already added the support for these emojis last month. In recognition of the World Emoji Day today, Apple on Thursday gave a sneak into the new emojis coming to iPhones, iPads and Macs later this year. Usually after the consortium approves the emojis, companies give it their own graphics to distinguish them from emojis of other platforms. The new emojis might be added with the release of iOS 14.1 or iOS 14.2, if past trends of releasing new emojis with iOS 13.2 in 2019 and iOS 12.1 in 2018 are considered. We can expect a beta release of these emojis over the next few months after iOS 14 makes its public debut.
This year with iOS 14, it will be easier to find emojis as one of the new features that iOS 14 is bringing to its users is the ability to search the collection of emoji characters. This feature has already been on the Mac for quite sometime now. Unfortunately, it has not been made available to the iPad just yet, even with this year’s release of iPadOS 14.
In the first preview of the new emojis, Apple had shown the following emojis coming to Apple devices later this year-Dodo, Nesting Dolls, Piñata, Tamale, Pinched Fingers, Boomerang, Ninja, Coin, Anatomical Heart, Beaver, Transgender Symbol, Bubble Tea and Lungs. Besides the emojis revealed in the preview, there are other new emojis being added too, like the transgender flag, the smiling face with a single tear, disguised face, people hugging and more. But it’s unclear when the whole list of emojis approved by Unicode will be rolling out.
Moreover, Apple is also adding a number of new Memoji options including a COVID-specific memoji with colored face masks. Users can create their own avatars and track their facial movements in iOS messaging apps.