July 17th is World Emoji Day every year, and this week Apple took the opportunity to give a public preview of some of the new emoji that will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch this coming fall.
The new emoji are based on the approved character set in Unicode 12.0, which was officially adopted this past March and includes 59 new characters. Apple is also adding the ability to select numerous skin tone variations of the different holding hands emoji, giving a total of 75 possible combinations.
A Sample of Apple’s New Emoji
Six new animals are being added to the collection including flamingo, guide dog, skunk, orangutan, sloth
Food and Drink
Among the food and drink items are garlic, butter, ice cube, felafel, waffle, oyster (or will that categorized as an animal?), a juice box, and the popular South American drink, maté.
Last year Apple proposed to the Unicode Consortium more disability-themed emoji, and several will be added. Wheelchairs, a new guide dog, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg, and an ear with a hearing aid to name a few.
A few additions to the activities category will be skydiving, kiting, yo-yo-ing, and banjo-ing.
Other miscellaneous items will include safety vest, ballet shoes, sari, one-piece swimsuit, shorts,
If you can’t get enough emoji excitement in your life and are dying to know what may be on the horizon for 2020, you can see the draft candidates of Emoji 13.0 at emojipedia.org and begin planning your party now! 🥳