๐Ÿ’ฌ The Wrap

Hello from Dublin! Keith Broni here, Emojipedia's Deputy Emoji Officer.

In case you missed it, yesterday Apple released iOS 14.5, bringing new and updated emojis to millions of people worldwide. You can see them all here via our Twitter thread.

Included within the update are all 217 new emojis from Emoji 13.1, such as , โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire, ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman: Beard, and a large number of new skin tone combinations for both the ๐Ÿ’ Kiss and ๐Ÿ’‘ 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 ๐Ÿ’ Kiss and ๐Ÿ’‘ 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 ๐Ÿง‘ Person with either the ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman or ๐Ÿ‘จ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ 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 ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe emoji on the world, making it more vaccine-friendly in appearance. Interestingly though, the update did not change the design of the ๐Ÿง— 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. ๐Ÿคท

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. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

๐Ÿ“ฐ News

๐Ÿ’ญ Interesting

๐Ÿค— Lastly

Thank you as always to each and every one of you, our Emoji Wrap subscribers! For those new here, Emoji Wrap is our free newsletter that's sent no more than once every calendar month, and summates the latest and most interesting developments in the world of emoji.

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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.

Keith Broni