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Apple teases iOS 12.1 release that will add 70 new emoji to Messages

More than 70 new emoji will be coming soon to iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food.




Beyond the new physical traits, sports fans get new softball, frisbee and lacrosse, emoji with outdoor adventurers getting luggage, compass and a hiking boot to accompany the existing climbing emoji.

Animals included are the llama, mosquito, swan and raccoon, that will join the kangaroo, lobster, parrot and peacock previewed on World Emoji Day

The new emoji are included in Tuesday's developer and public beta releases of iOS 12.1. Apple says that they will be available in upcoming software updates for iOS, macOS and watchOS.



Apple had previously mentioned the additions . Apple's new emoji characters are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 11.0, with the company saying that they are working with the group to add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0, slated for release in 2019.