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Hello from Dublin! Keith Broni here, Emojipedia's Deputy Emoji Officer.
Included within the update are all 217 new emojis from Emoji 13.1, such as , ❤️🔥 Heart on Fire, 🧔♀️ Woman: Beard, and a large number of new skin tone combinations for both the 💏 Kiss and 💑 Couple with Heart.
Emoji 13.1's new emojis aren't the only new emoji editions to iOS 14.5, however. There are an additional 452 💏 Kiss and 💑 Couple with Heart emojis not signed off by Unicode. These additional combinations include people emojis with the default yellow skin tone alongside another humanform emoji with a skin tone modifier, as well as combinations of the gender inclusive 🧑 Person with either the 👩 Woman or 👨 Man emojis.
This is the largest instance of a major vendor introducing non-RGI emojis since Windows introduced support for interracial emoji families back in 2016, though the nearly 52,000 non-RGI emojis (a dizzying figure worthy of the new 😵💫 Face with Spiral Eyes emoji) in that set makes Apple's 452 look pretty paltry.
iOS 14.5 also brings the the headline-grabbing new design for the 💉 Syringe emoji on the world, making it more vaccine-friendly in appearance. Interestingly though, the update did not change the design of the 🧗 Person Climbing emojis, as was previously previewed in Apple's own marketing materials, with these designs only just appearing in the first beta of iOS 14.6. Wonder what happened there. 🤷
Apple's new emojis aren't the only show in town, though. As always, below we've curated all the major events and most interesting developments in the emoji world for you. 📰
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This month's Emoji Wrap newsletter was compiled by me, Keith Broni, Emojipedia's Deputy Emoji Officer. If you'd like to get in touch with me directly, I'm @KeithBroni on Twitter.
Thanks again for reading, and I hope you and yours are continuing to stay safe as we all approach brighter, virus-free days.