By Julie Clover
As Apple announced new iPhone models last week, the Unicode Consortium has officially approved new emoji characters to be added to smartphones starting in 2024.
Layout of new emoji from Emojipedia
Approved Unicode 15.1 emoji include phoenix, lime, edible mushroom, vertical head shake (as in “yes”), horizontal head shake (“no” shaking head) and broken chain.
There are four new family emoji combinations, and the six-person emoji have been updated to have directional characteristics, such as facing right or facing left. Direction options can be used for a walking person, a running person, a kneeling person, a person with a white cane, a person in a manual wheelchair, and a person in a power wheelchair.
Unicode updates often include quite a lot emoji characters, so Update 15.1 is smaller in scale than a normal year. However, Unicode 15.1 adds a number of new non-emoji characters for use in China.
Once the new emoji characters are approved, smartphone manufacturers such as Apple take several months to develop emoji artwork and add them to iOS . We can expect emoji updates to appear in a future version of iOS 17.
Last year, Apple added new emojis in the iOS 16.4 update released in February 2023, so the company may follow a similar timeline. in 2024. Last year's emoji included shaking face, pink heart, blue heart, donkey, moose, goose, wing, jellyfish, hyacinth, pea pod, ginger, flute, maracas and black bird.
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