Coinciding with World Emoji Day, Apple has previewed a small number of the total 59 new emojis that will arrive at iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch this Spring. With new disability-themed, food and animals emojis. Plus the ability to personalise the holding hand’s emoji.
The focus of this year’s new additions is disability-themed emojis. A result of Apple’s proposal submitted to the Unicode consortium last year. Apple has gone on to say celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values.
Disability-themed emoji include a guide dog, prosthetic arms/legs, wheelchairs, ear with a hearing aid, and more.
In addition, the Holding Hands emoji, that many use for couples and relationships can be personalised. With over 75 possible combinations from skin tone, gender, and more.
Other new additions include:
Food: waffle, falafel, butter, and garlic
Animals: sloth, flamingo, orangutan, skunk
New yawning face, one-piece swimsuit
These new upcoming emoji are based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0. A free software update in Spring, likely to be iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, and macOS Catalina, will become available. Delivering the new emojis and many more new features.