The Unicode Consortium updated its standard to version 10.0.0 this week. The change will bring a slew of new emoji to iOS — 56 in all — ranging from a ‘crazy’ face to an emoji with a monocle.
Emojipedia has already released images featuring all of the new emoji – some of the more interesting ones include an exploding head emoji, starstruck face, a male and female meditation emoji, a male and female rock climber emoji, a bitcoin symbol, and a raised eyebrow emoji that’s, amusingly, also known as the “Colbert” face, according to the Emoji cataloging site. There’s also some additional clothing emoji, including winter-themed options like a scarf, gloves, coat and Christmas stockings.
Unicode Standard 10.0.0 also adds several mythical creatures, including male and female vampire, zombie, mage and fairy emoji, as well as a t-rex, brontosaurus, zebra, giraffe and hedgehog. There’s also a shushing face, a love you gesture, and a vomiting face. As far as food products go, there’s now a steak, pretzel, pie, chopsticks, broccoli, Chinese takeout, fortune cookie and coconut emoji. The update also adds a wider range of child and adult emojis with various gender and skin tone modifiers. In fact, while there are technically 56 new emoji — those gender and skin flags actually brings the total amount of options to around 239.
Apple, of course, uses the Unicode Standard for its operating systems — but it usually takes a while for Cupertino to add support for the latest version to its iOS and macOS platforms. As an example, Unicode 9 was rolled out in June 2016 but finally reached iOS 10.2 in October. So while the new emoji will eventually hit iOS and macOS devices, it’ll take a few months because Apple’s operating systems use their own original design variations. Going by timelines in the past, you can probably expect a rollout of the new emoji this fall.