Another World Emoji Day rolls around and as usual, Apple has previewed some of the new emoji it has scheduled to go live later in the year.
The Cupertino giant designs classy, appealing emoji that catch the eye and work because they both convey their essence instantly but also have depth and elegance which repay repeated views. Stylish, colorful and detailed are key attributes of the classic Apple emoji.
Now, just in time for 2019's World Emoji Day, Apple has unveiled a score of the new emoji which will become usable this fall. There will be 59 new emoji in total, so more than a third have been detailed in full now. More to follow, then, but the current crop includes a new smiley face emoji which we'll come to in a moment. It's one that I confidently predict you’ll be using a lot.
Here’s what you need to know about the new emoji, what they look like and when you'll be able to use them. Let's start there.
When are the new emoji released?
Apple’s saying this fall. That means they’ll be around when iOS 13 goes live in all likelihood. Though in the past new emoji have appeared in late releases rather than early ones, so they could appear in an update to iOS 12, even. Which is good news if you have an iPhone 6, for instance, which is not supported by iOS 13, and you take a fancy to the new images.
Apple says the new emoji will come in a software update and will be available on Mac and Apple Watch as well as iPhone and iPad. So, that’s macOS and watchOS updates as well as iOS.
What do they look like?
Apple’s take on emoji is just what you’d expect, detailed, precise and original. Sometimes they even have too much detail, like the vomiting face emoji from 2017 where green flecks provided a little more reality than was required. Sorry to have brought that up again (see what I did there?).
Go on, what’s this new essential emoji, then?
It’s hard to believe it wasn’t there already, but there was no yawning face. Well, there were several with mouth open and eyes shut, sleeping or sleepy faces or just fed up, but not quite the same as a yawn. Oh, joy, our email and message conversations can be filled with people letting each other know with unmissable directness that they’re being boring.
It's a very good emoji, by the way. Look at the turned-down, near-closed yes, the perfect circle yawn that indicates ultimate boredom or tiredness and matches the circular face around it. Honestly, I'm catching the yawn from just looking at it.
Please can we introduce some emoji etiquette here? Maybe along the lines of only using it to say you’re actually boring yourself now, unless to convey you're yawning because you're dog-tired.