Last week was World Emoji Day (July 17th), and boy oh boy were there some cool new ones released in its honor!
These emoji were approved back in January, but Apple shared a preview of how they will look via Emojipedia, the online dictionary that explains what each character symbolizes.
Apple previewed thirteen of the 117 options that will be added this year as part of the Emoji 13.0 rollout. The newly uncovered emoji include a Dodo bird, a beaver, nesting dolls, a boomerang and an anatomical heart. Also shown was a coin, pinched fingers and a ninja.
Also: lungs (lungs!)
— Emojipedia 🇺🇦🌻 (@Emojipedia) July 16, 2020
In addition to the emoji shown above, there are a bunch more. Here’s a list of some of what’s coming, hopefully in the next update.
Emoticons – smiley face with tears a la Kacey Musgraves (“Happy and sad at the same time..”), disguised person
People — ninja, person in a tuxedo, gender neutral Santa Claus, people who embrace
Animals – a black cat, bison, mammoth, beaver, polar bear, seal, beetle, cockroach, fly, maggot
Food – blueberries, olives, peppers, tortillas, fondue
Everyday objects – a plant in a pot, kettle, magic wand, dolls, transgender flag, sewing needle, mirror, window, piston, bucket, toothbrush, feather, stone, wood, cabin, pickup, roller skates, knot, coin, boomerang, screwdriver, wood saw, hook, stairs, elevator, tombstone, scoreboard,
Clothing – sandals, a helmet
Musical instruments – accordion, drum
When can you get your fingers on that lungs emoji?!
New emojis come to iOS in the second half of the year, most commonly in a release such as iOS 14.1 or iOS 14.2 in October. This was the case for iOS 13.2 in 2019, iOS 12.1 in 2018 and iOS 11.1 in 2017.
If past schedules are anything to go by, expect these to come to a beta release of iOS in September or October, after the release of iOS 14.0. Sounds like Halloween to me!
The Most Anticipated Emoji coming to phones later this year, according to your votes:
🥇 Smiling Face with Tear (1st)
🥈 Transgender Flag (2nd)
🥉 Pinched Fingers (3rd)
🏅 Accordion (4th)
🏅 Bubble Tea (5th) pic.twitter.com/4agIEGeSmT
— World Emoji Awards 🗳🌍🏆 (@EmojiAwards) July 17, 2020
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Image via Emojipedia. Screengrab by YNOT Cam.