An expected version 14 release of the Unicode Standard has been delayed to September 2021 due to COVID-19, the Unicode Consortium announced on Wednesday, meaning new emoji might not reach iPhone until 2022.
Apple's latest iOS 13.1 release addresses a few niggling emoji blunders introduced in past versions of the mobile operating system, including a widely publicized "upside down" squid character and an anatomically incorrect mosquito.
The increase in the use of emoji in daily life is reportedly causing issues for the United States legal system, with courts slowly coming to terms with the how to interpret the iconography in evidence and its appearance in other court filings.
The final list of new emoji that will be added to the roster in "iOS 13" and "macOS 10.15" in 2019 has been decided upon by the Unicode Consortium, with the 230 messaging icons including some proposed by Apple depicting disabilities.
Apple has released macOS 10.14.1 with the promised new 32-person video conferencing feature alongside performance improvements and bug fixes. The update also brings the Mac into line with iOS with 70 new emoji.
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.
On Thursday the Unicode Consortium — of which Apple is a part — announced the 179 candidates that are on the shortlist for emoji in Unicode 12, which should reach iPhones and other mobile devices in the first quarter of 2019.
Apple on Monday previewed a new set of emoji coming later this year to iOS, watchOS and macOS. Take a sneak peek at the more than 70 new characters you can expect to see on your Apple device in this video.
Apple is celebrating World Emoji Day on July 17 by sharing what some of the new emoji arriving to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later this year will look like, with the new batch featuring new hair options for characters and more expressions.
In iOS 12, iPhone X users will be able create their own customized Memoji character right in the Messages app. Choose from hundreds of different design combinations to create any number of different characters to use in iMessage conversations, or even FaceTime calls.
Apple has submitted an assortment of disability-related emoji for consideration by the Unicode Consortium, which if accepted would change the messaging standards for all computing devices, not just Apple's.
The Unicode Consortium on Wednesday revealed a finalized list of 157 emoji due to arrive as part of Unicode 11 standard, offering iOS users a glimpse at the new characters they will likely have access to later this year.