Hundreds of new emojis, including more emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more, are coming to iPhone and iPad with iOS 11.1.
As an iPhone user you may have noticed a pattern in the occurrence of new emojis. If you’ve noticed that you’re getting new emojis on a yearly basis, your observations are correct. The organization that handles proposals for new emojis, the Unicode Consortium, have recently approved a new batch of smileys and symbols that you might soon see on your devices. These new smileys and symbols are will be brought to our favorite platforms like Apple, Twitter, Samsung, and Facebook.
Last November Unicode Consortium approved a group of 56 new emojis based on user demand. We’re FINALLY going to see some of those popping up on your emoji keyboard. The upcoming iOS 11.1 roll out will bring a series of new emojis. From an androgynous person to “I love you” in American Sign Language, you’re sure to find your new favorite amid this new group.
New child, adult, and older adult emojis in a range of skin tones are included, as are characters for person in steamy room, bearded person, mage, fairy, vampire, mermaid, elf, genie, person climbing, person in lotus position, and more, with all of those emoji available in multiple skin tones and genders. While there are 56 distinct new emoji characters, gender/skin tone modifiers and flags bring that total to over 200.
Expected Roll Out
Pictured above: Pie, Broccoli, Giraffe, Hedgehog, Chinese Takeout, Chinese Dumpling, Cricket, and Dinosaur emojis.
Users that participate in Apple’s public beta program can expect to see these new emojis with the iOS 11.1 roll out on Monday, Oct. 9. The rest of us Apple users can expect them closer to the end of October or the beginning of November.
These emojis join an earlier set of emojis that were announced in July. These included a breastfeeding emoji, a woman with a headscarf, and vomiting emojis. They’re the latest crop of Apple’s hyper-realistic emojis, which were introduced in iOS 10 last year.
If you’re interested in trying out Apple’s latest software updates before their wide release, you can sign up for the company’s beta program — but beware, you may encounter some bugs and you should definitely back up your device before you do.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the other emoji’s that will be available with the iOS 11.1 update.
Pictured above: Gender-Neutral Adult, Gender-Neutral Child, Trenchcoat, Gloves, Rock Climbing, Curling, Orange Heart, Gender-Neutral Elderly, Baseball Cap, Scarf, Sled, and steam room emojis.
What are your thoughts? What is your favorite new emoji?