💬 The Wrap
Hello and welcome to the 50th edition of Emojipedia's Emoji Wrap newsletter! ✨5️⃣0️⃣✨
With this milestone, we bring news of brand new emojis coming to your devices from late 2021 into 2022.
Despite the timing, this news is unrelated to yesterday's Apple's keynote event. Instead, it comes from version 14 of the Unicode Consortium's Unicode Standard, which was also fittingly officially released yesterday (September 14th).
Included within yesterday's Unicode release were 838 brand new characters, 37 of which were new emoji code points. These include Melting Face, Saluting Face, Pregnant Man, Heart Hands, and Mirror Ball. All the other code points were for new text characters.
Additionally, Emoji 14.0 (released today alongside Unicode 14) recommends a further 75 emoji sequences, most notably including mixed skin tone support for 🤝 Handshake) for the first time. This means a total of 112 new emojis were recommended in the latest release. ✨🆕✨1️⃣1️⃣2️⃣✨
As our regular readers will be aware, we previewed these new emojis earlier this year ahead of World Emoji Day 2021. At that time these emojis were still draft candidates, still awaiting the formal approval that they have now received. No draft candidates were removed, so you can breathe easy if you saw any you love!
See what's new from me on emoji-related happenings in both Unicode 14 and Emoji 14.0 and for the question of why there's a pregnant man emoji in the mix, Emojipedia's Senior Emoji Lexicographer Jane Solomon explains.
As well as coverage of Emoji 14.0, this edition of the Emoji Wrap includes emoji updates for both WhatsApp and Samsung, a final hurrah from a seemingly-discontinued emoji set, further sightings of a possible Twemoji redesign, speculation about Tiktok's use of the 🪑 Chair emoji, and an exploration on how emojis can be used used to express grief.
✨ New Emojis
That's a wrap (ba-dum-tss 🥁) on the fiftieth edition of the Emoji Wrap, folks! 🌯
Reflecting on a milestone like this, I'd just like to express that all of us here at Emojipedia are incredibly grateful for your continued interest and support 🙏🥰 Here's to our next fifty issues! 🥳
As always, if you'd like to keep up-to-date with the latest emoji news as it happens, you can follow Emojipedia on Twitter, as well as the individual members of our Emojipedia team:
- 🚢 Our Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge
- 📚 Our Senior Emoji Lexicographer Jane Solomon
- 🙋♂️ And me, Deputy Emoji Officer Keith Broni
Stay safe ✌️