• Mackenzie Dekle

Apple unveils new emojis coming in 2019

There's no confirmed release date for the new Apple emoji's, but they're coming soon. According to Independent, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, Apple announced which new new emojis they'll be releasing.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there are 59 new emojis in all categories, including food, people, couples, animals, and more. However, if you're including the new people emojis, skin colors, and genders, there's a total of 230 emoji's.

Some examples of new emojis are people with disabilities, a flamingo, an otter, a guide dog, as well as a waffle, hindu temple, sari, sloth, and mate.

According to emojipedia, "Skin tone support was added to the Unicode Standard in 2015, increased representation of women in 2016, gender inclusive people in 2017 and hair color additions in 2018." As for 2019, the target is to expand the scope of people. For example, they're adding people who have various disabilities and inclusive couples who are different races and are holding hands.

Emojipedia also states, "Unicode's announcement today indicates that all the documentation required for vendors implement the new emoji set is now complete. Links to relevant data files, technical documentation and updated charts are all linked within Unicode's post, and will be used by developers to add emoji support to operating systems, apps, and web platforms throughout 2019."

Apple's last emoji update came with the iOS 12.1 phone update that was released on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018. There were 70 emojis released then, such as a mango, lacrosse stick, and people with red hair. If you include skin tones, hair colors, and genders, there were a total of 158 emoji's released.