Gimme three party horns and a flamenco lady -- new emojis are here!
Seventy-seven of them to be exact! And some of them are absolutely crucial. I was just complaining about the lack of kangaroo and llama emojis last week; no joke (don't ask)!
Anyway, Apple is releasing iOS 12.1 today for developers and beta testers, and included in the update are the 77 new pictograms.
Finally, there is a bagel emoji, a romaine lettuce emoji, and a skateboard emoji, for when those needs arise.
Also, the new collection is a triumph of representation: gingers need no longer feel excluded, as there's now a redhead emoji, and our esteemed elders are part of the mix too, with white-haired emojis being released. Bald folks and the curly-haired can now feel included too, as can the mustachioed and, like, Catwoman or something? I'm not really sure? But any and all inclusivity is a good thing!
Speaking of which, Apple is also working with Unicode, the organization that establishes standards for emoji across device types and operating systems, to "add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0, slated for release in 2019," according to TechCrunch.
Naturally, excitement about the new additions was palpable on social media:
Anyway, if you've been frustrated by having to type out all your lobster and abacus related texts longhand, hang in there: life is about to get a lot simpler. What can't technology do?!