New emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch this fall
To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple is previewing a selection of new emoji coming this fall. New emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, and they are dedicated to promoting diversity.
New emoji are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0.
In a major update to the Holding Hands emoji typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone and gender, to personalize the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations.
Following Apple’s proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year to introduce more disability-themed emoji, a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg will be available in the emoji keyboard.
Many additional emoji categories are getting updates, with a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, and new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan, and skunk.
Fifty-nine new emoji designs will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.