Apple Announces New Emojis Including Vaccine, Coughing Face And More Inclusivity
Apple's new emojis have now been announced, ahead of its IOS 14.5 update.
Launching in the spring, the tech update is set to feature 217 new emojis in total, including a bunch of never-seen-before additions and some revamps of old favourites, which have been made more relevant and inclusive.
New additions include a broken red heart with a bandage over it, a discombobulated looking emoji with spiral-eyes and a red heart which is on fire - all pretty reflective of the bonkers time we're going through right now, tbh.
Also incoming is an emoji of a person exhaling (which looks suspiciously like a cough to us), as well as an emoji with most of its face covered by mist, or clouds.
In a bid to increase its representation, Apple will also be introducing male-presenting and female-presenting emojis with beards.
Plus, romantic offerings, such as the emojis we already have (depicting couples kissing and couples with a heart in between their heads) have now been given an upgrade, and there will be an option to pick interracial couples, same-sex couples and gender neutral couples, as required.
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About time, too!
Apple is also keen to promote safety in its update, adding a helmet to the rock climbing emojis.
Of course, the brand couldn't help but sneak some self promotion in there, too, updating its headphone to reflect its latest model of AirPods Max.
The new emojis will be available to preview in full later this week, and will land on phones during a software update this spring, the technology company has confirmed.
In recent updates, inclusivity has been at the heart of Apple's emoji updates, with last year's addition featuring a hearing aid, a guide dog and a prosthetic leg as well as cultural references, such as a piñata and a matryoshka doll.
Unicode is actually in charge of emojis, rather than Apple itself, although the brand still makes many suggestions ahead of each update, based on public demand.
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