๐Ÿ’ฌ The Wrap

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Last week Apple released iOS 17.4, debuting 118 new emojis on eligible devices. ๐Ÿ†•๐Ÿ

These 118 new emojis break down into six brand new emoji concepts (e.g. ๐Ÿฆโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Phoenix, ๐Ÿ‹โ€๐ŸŸฉ Lime, and ๐Ÿ™‚โ€โ†”๏ธ Head Shaking Horizontally), four new gender-neutral family emojis (e.g. ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿง’ Family: Adult, Adult, Child), and 108 new direction-specifying people emojis (aka. new direction-based versions of six existing people emojis, plus their standard gender and skin tone variants).

Each of these new emojis were taken from Unicode's Emoji 15.1 recommendations, with the aforementioned ๐Ÿฆโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Phoenix, ๐Ÿ‹โ€๐ŸŸฉ Lime, and ๐Ÿ™‚โ€โ†”๏ธ Head Shaking Horizontally being those that we here at Emojipedia have seen receive the most fanfare online.

As well as including new emojis, iOS 17.4 completely redesigned all of the existing ๐Ÿ‘ช Family emoji designs to display the individuals featured as white non-gender-indicative silhouettes overlayed on a grey square icon.

You can read about the rationale behind this change as well as the 118 new emojis in our iOS 17.4 Emoji Changelog.

With the release of iOS 17.4, Apple joins Samsung, Google, and (most recently) WhatsApp in providing at least partial support for Emoji 15.1.

They are not alone, however: SerenityOS, a new emoji design set that has recently made its debut within the Emojipedia archives, also provides support for a subset of Emoji 15.1's recommendations.

Also in this edition of the Emoji Wrap: a new emoji-based game hidden in Instagram, the desirability of emoji use amongst older people, and even more discourse about the ๐Ÿ‘ Thumbs Up and ๐Ÿ‘ Peach emojis.

โœจ New Emojis

๐Ÿ’ญ Interesting

๐Ÿค— Lastly

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