Apple announces more than 70 new emoji coming in iOS 12.1

Apple has announced that it will be bringing more 70 new emoji to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac with the release of iOS 12.1, alongside upcoming software updates for macOS and watchOS. The new emoji characters can be found in developer and public beta previews of iOS 12.1 released today, including new characters with red hair, grey hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food, along with moon cake, red gift envelope and nazar amulet emojis and softball, frisbee and lacrosse emoji for sports fans, luggage, compass and hiking boot emojis for outdoor adventures, and much more. The new emoji characters are based on the approved characters in Unicode 11.0, and Apple notes that it’s already working with the Unicode Consortium to add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0, which is slated for release in 2019.


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