Emojis have become a staple of digital communication. Besides being fun, they help break up the monotony of text and add the tone and emotion back into dialogue. Emojis are like modern hieroglyphics: you can create an entire sentence or paragraph with emoji alone.
Leading up to World Emoji Day (July 17th each year), Emojipedia released a draft of Emoji 15.0—a brand new set of emoji are scheduled to be added to the library in September 2022, pending approval from the Unicode Consortium for designs by major players like Apple, Android, and Google.
New Emoji-related features on iPhone iOS 16
Parallel to this, Apple has publicly released its beta version of iOS 16 for the iPhone, which is also set to launch officially in Fall 2022 with a few new features.
And rumor has it that one of the newest features is the ability to add emojis to text messages using Siri commands. “Happy face emoji. Send.” Another cool feature is customizable trippy emoji lock screen wallpaper, according to MacRumours.
But as the emoji library grows, it becomes harder and harder to locate new emojis and find the ones you want. So, what exactly are the new emojis debuting with iOS 16? Let’s take a look…
New Emojis for 2022-2023
Finally, we’re getting the long-awaited pink heart! Not sure why it took so long. In addition, we’ll see a light blue heart and a gray heart. As far as faces go, the only expression added to the collection is a shaking head, implying shock or confusion, or perhaps useful for natural disasters like earthquakes, or even bombs.
A new gesture you can look forward to is a pushing left and pushing right hand to indicate a high five, which in the past was depicted by the prayer hands. However, this gesture can also imply refusal.
Animal lovers will be happy to see a moose head, a donkey, a blackbird, a goose, a jellyfish, and a wing. While plant emojis will include a hyacinth, a peapod, and a ginger root.
Two new musical instrument emojis are the Latin maracas and what looks like a Bonsurai, an Indian folk flute, but could be a recorder or folk flute from almost any culture.
Other objects include a folding fan and a hair pick. And, lastly, new symbols being adopted are the icon for the Sikh religion and a Wi-Fi sign.
In total 31 emojis are in the works, but they still require approval from the Unicode Consortium before the official release. This is actually the fewest number of emojis that have been added to the library.
What do you think of the Emoji 15.0 draft? Leave a comment if there is an emoji you’d like to see added. Personally, I’m waiting for a typewriter and mac and cheese.