iOS 13.1 finally fixes the squid, mosquito, and abacus emoji

Today’s release of iOS 13.1 doesn’t just have bug fixes and some features that missed iOS 13.0 — it also brings updates to the designs of 24 emoji, according to Emojipedia, including changes to make a few of the animals anatomically accurate.

The most significant change is probably the squid emoji. Last December, the Monterey Bay Aquarium eloquently noted that Apple’s squid emoji has a “siphon” on the front — but apparently, the siphon is actually supposed to appear on the back of the squid:

A squid’s siphon helps it move, breathe, and discharge waste, so having the siphon in back makes more sense than having it in front. Now, the poor squid emoji will look like it should, without a siphon on its front:

Image: Emojipedia

Another important change? The mosquito, which apparently only had five legs, gains a sixth. I hate mosquitos as much as the next person, but no mosquito deserves to be missing a leg.

Image: Emojipedia

And, also importantly, the abacus is now historically accurate — previously, it was drawn in a way that apparently wasn’t accurate to any abacus ever used, as diligently reported by my colleague Chaim Gartenberg:

Image: Emojipedia

Other changes are smaller, such as the octopus now having suckers on its front two tentacles, the jigsaw piece changing colors from blue to green, and a new look for the hearts in the emoji with hearts for eyes.

iOS 13.1 does not include the 230 new emoji coming as part of Emoji 12.0 — Apple previewed its designs for those emoji in July, but they haven’t made their way to Apple devices yet. Apple says to expect them “this fall.” (Full disclosure: I submitted the proposals to the Unicode Consortium to recommend making the yawning face and waffle emoji that are coming in Emoji 12.0, but I was not involved in their implementation or final designs for any platform.)



Mosquitos always deserve to have all of their legs splattered in as many different directions as possible.

Can’t believe the Verge missed a chance for a "bug fix" pun on the Mosquito.

…and this headline tells you all you need to know about how mature the smartphone market has become.

You’d think someone with such a username would be able to pick up on the tongue and cheek nature of this post. You’d think.


The new abacus has a gravity problem!

OK; My comment concerns IOS13.0 on my iPhone 7 but has nothing to do with emojis; don’t know where else to ask! I use a local radio station’s app to listen to the radio station while working out in my yard. (The station is not quite local enough for me to use an ordinary AM/FM radio. What is that ?) I have cellular data enabled for the app and WiFi assist enabled. As I move into and out of WiFi range this app would previously hang and not recover. Not the way it is supposed to work. (??) Closing and relaunching the app might work until I moved again. But now that I installed IOS13, today the app seemed to keep working almost perfectly without interruptions. I have not heard anything about this change. Has there been any change included in IOS13 which might have drastically improved this functionality?

How does that new abacus work with gravity?

Flat on a desk, maybe?

gotcha… I guess there isn’t a good way of portraying that in an emoji so it just looks goofy.

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