Apple reveals new emoji coming soon to iOS 11.1

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Apple has shown off more emoji characters coming to iOS in the future 11.1 update. The characters are part of Unicode 10, which added 56 new emoji; Apple is revealing over 30 of its new designs today in addition to the handful the company put out on World Emoji Day earlier this year.

Android Oreo already has the equivalent characters, and although the vast majority of Android users aren’t yet running that version of the software, app developers are now able to build in support for new emoji even for people on older Android builds. It’s not clear exactly when Apple plans to release iOS 11.1 or versions of macOS and watchOS containing the new emoji, but they'll be available in the beta version of iOS 11.1 next week.

Anyway, let’s take a look:

The animals section is growing with the addition of a giraffe, a zebra, a hedgehog, what looks like a Brachiosaurus, and an insect that I think is a cricket but might be a grasshopper. If there are any paleontologists or entomologists reading, let me know your thoughts.

Autumn is here, winter is coming, and emoji are preparing you for the cold season with characters including gloves, a scarf, a trenchcoat, and a baseball cap.

The Chinese takeout box emoji joins the long-awaited dumpling emoji in Unicode 10, along with broccoli and a pie of unknown provenance.

These emoji are designed to be gender-neutral and will be available in various skin tones.

There’s going to be a new orange heart emoji, meaning you can spell out a full rainbow of love for anyone who doesn’t distinguish between indigo and violet.

These mythical emoji are presumably designed to expedite the process of arranging D&D sessions.

Smiley faces get a whole lot more expressive in Unicode 10, running the gamut from foul-mouthed anger to calm pleas for silence.

Fans of curling, rock climbing, and spas should be happy with these “wellness”-related additions.

Finally, and not to be confused with the metal horns character added a couple of years ago, this new emoji means “I love you” in American Sign Language. It’s a meaningful addition for ASL users, and one that activists have wanted Unicode to add for years.


I’m not a big fan of the style of Apple emojis, tbh FaceBook has the best ones.

Good to see additions on the gender neutral side.

The Android blobs were the best.

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Android blobs were the worst, I couldn’t stand seeing the emoji I sent to my gf androids phone on her phone, like melting flat design horrible smileys. I ended up screenshooting my iOS emojis in my message ( plus the lipstick kiss was soooo bad)

Just upgraded to Android Oreo couple of weeks back and I just miss those blobs like crazy. They had such strong character and looked actually modern… oh well . At least they don’t look as bad as Samsung’s

They were terrible.

Skype has the best emoji.

The shh… one is going to be great for sarcastic comments.

Discord still has the blobs and I love them.

Wow never thought I’d find someone that actually likes those damn blobs

You haven’t been around the internet lately. Seems like dissenters are the minority. I personally think Apple’s and the new Oreo ones look like 2002 Yahoo Messenger emoticons.

Facebook emojis are surprisingly good, I definetly agree. My favorites are still the blobs tho.

Good to see additions on the gender neutral side.

I wish all of them to be gender neutral like they once used to, but those times are passed I guess.

Uh, the first thing I have to do in Messenger is turn off their emojis

iOS emojis are the best, most iconic and most used. Like the peach, hand signs, faces, eggplant, etc.

I always look forward to the release of new emojis, but inevitably some poor soul out there with an Android phone will complain "I can’t see these emojis, it’s just blank to me" or have to download something to see them.


Like the peach, hand signs, faces, eggplant, etc.

As if they aren’t available on every device.

No duh, I think you missed my point. I was referring to the looks obviously.

In any case, of course an iPhone user would think iOS emojis the "best and most iconic".

The ones he is referring to are used for sexting, but do not always ‘work’ on non-iOS devices.

Funny, right now my iOS friends can’t see the new emojis. I have Android 8.0 and we have the new emojis and iOS doesn’t…

Funny because I’ve had these emojis on my Android phone for over a month now and it’s my iPhone friends who say "what did you try to send me, it didn’t show up as anything."


gotta go FAST

I needed some happy news after the disappointing new Google Pixels.

Seems kind of weird to add the sign for "I love you" from just one specific sign language. There aren’t any other emojis that are language specific, are there?

It’s ok, 90% of the time it will be used as death metal "horns" anyway.

But there is one for that already.

Emoji? Why not fix the mess is ios11 instead?

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