To celebrate World Emoji Day, which was July 17, Apple announced it had plans to launch 56 new emojis later this year.
As expected the batch will feature a whole host of new icons, including smilies, a vomiting face, a starry-eyed face and a wacky face — the emojis Jeremy Burge, the head of emoji resource Emojipedia and creator of World EmojiDay, expect will be most popular.
The batch of new icons will also include animals such as a dinosaur, a zebra and mythical characters such as zombies, elves and a genie. What is more, there will also be more food options, including a steak, a coconut and a sandwich.
As Apple develops its pictograms, it’s becoming easier and easier to illustrate what you want to on social media. To improve its usability further, Apple’s latest batch of emoji characters will also include a woman wearing a hijab, a woman breastfeeding, a man meditating and a man with a beard.
Apple has been continually developing their emoji library to broaden its diversity and make it representational of more people and cultures. Before now, Apple made a move to introduce emojis that were more racially and gender diverse, and created characters that represented women as athletes, career professionals, construction workers, in an attempt to break down gender stereotypes.
The best part news of all? Red-headed emojis are (finally!) due to land in 2018. Good news for all the gingers among us who are rarely represented. And given the very high-profile redheads out there (hello, Prince Harry!), we have to say it's about time!
The new emojis are expected to launch in iOS 11 this autumn.
What emojis are you most excited to see Apple release?
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