Search out Your Favourite Emoji
If you’ve ever struggled to find just the right emoji, you’ll appreciate the fact that iOS 14 will now actually let you search them out by name. While there were workarounds for this previously, such as entering a word and hoping that iOS would let you automatically convert it, actually being able to search directly in much easier and more intuitive.
Like most things Apple does, it’s also pretty easy to use. Bring up the emoji keyboard and you’ll now see a search field above it. Tap on that, and you’ll get the normal keyboard back, with a scrolling horizontal line of emoji above it. Type in a word and the displayed emoji will be filtered to only those that match and you can then tap on one to insert it.
That said, the user interface is a little bit tricky right now, since Apple has to deal with the problem of focus. For example, when you tap and drop an emoji into the text field in an app like Messages, the focus still remains in the emoji search line, so you’ll need to either switch back to the main keyboard or tap on the text field manually if you want to keep on typing your message, or even to delete the emoji you just added. Of course, this is also just the first public beta, so Apple will undoubtedly tweak this before iOS 14 gets released later this year.