Desk. Apple to celebrate World Emoji Day has previewed a host of new emojis which will be made available to users soon. This also marks the first time that the company has offered a sneak peek to its broad selection of emojis ahead of a full rollout. Apple confirms that the new emoji characters that range from categories like food, animals, activities, to smiley faces will come to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch this fall. The new emojis and characters were approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium.
This year Apple will be introducing many additional emoji categories like 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. For Indian users, the company is also adding sari emoji.
The company says that in a major update to the Holding Hands emoji which is used to represent couples and relationships, users will soon be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender, to personalise the people holding hands. The company confirms that the new emojis open up over 75 possible combinations in emojis.
Apple has also added a host of new emojis which can be listed as disability-themed emojis like 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 on Apple devices this fall.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
The company adds that the new emojis are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0. Talking about new emoji designs, Apple will be adding fifty-nine new emoji designs.