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Here Are the New Emojis—and Fun Emoji Features—Expected on iOS 16

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. 

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. 

Image credit: Emojipedia

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.

Tara Purswani
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Tara is an accomplished content writer. She got her start at Gotham Writer’s Workshop and continued to hone her craft at NYUSPS where she got certified in Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-checking. She is a part of the Blade Ronner Media writer's network.
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  • I would like to see more memoji expressions and clothes for them also I would like to see dermal piercing and grills for the memojis.

  • Hi,

    I would like to see for example: all the hands left and right options, they always offer one hand ( ) if they create both we could be more creative making emoji, for example:
    ? I would like to have the left hand

    • Ah, I see! The single-handed emojis such as the peace sign ✌️, raised hand ✋, and writing hand ✍️ are all right hands. Never noticed or thought of this before. Are you left-handed? We should represent the left-hand writers for sure.