World Emoji Day: Apple offers a look at new emoji coming to iPhone
New York, July 17 (IBNS): As people across the globe are celebrating World Emojii Day on Wednesday, tech giant Apple said it is previewing a selection of new emoji coming this fall, revealing the newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces.
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, in addition to 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. Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard, Apple said inn a statement.
Many additional emoji categories are getting exciting 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.
Thousands of emoji are currently available, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, more professions, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more. New emoji are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0.
July 17 is deemed as a "global celebration of emoji" and is celebrated with emoji events and product releases. It is being celebrated annually since 2014.
Meanwhile, observing the day, Jeremy Burge, Chief Emoji Officer, Emojipedia, tweeted: "Good morning and happy #WorldEmojiDay friends I’ll be up next with an emoji update on @bbcwm ."
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