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.
Here's every emoji that's new in iOS 12.1 https://t.co/rwHTAJiqB1— Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿 (@Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿)1538505674.0
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:
tag yourself, I'm the llama that just remembered something in the middle of the night— Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿 (@Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿)1538505712.0
I feel very strongly that the new puppy eyes emoji is going to save my relationships with friends and family https://t.co/GcqucTiPZV— Federico Viticci (@Federico Viticci)1538504149.0
Looking forward to all the new emojis coming to iOS12.1, though I hope I don’t have to use this one too often this… https://t.co/6HCaONRJaB— Lance Ulanoff (@Lance Ulanoff)1538507121.0
This is my new favorite emoji in iOS 12.1 https://t.co/5QrcNKPsFa— Michael Sayman (@Michael Sayman)1538507157.0
chill bros everywhere are gonna love the new emoji https://t.co/m9uqo6SHlo https://t.co/hzNiyppTC7— kif (@kif)1538504011.0
When everything feels bleak and soul crushing, remember that there is a llama emoji coming. https://t.co/njYzI3HO3J https://t.co/APOK5h34MQ— Heather Kelly (@Heather Kelly)1538504932.0
@LaMonicaBuzz Since you ask! It is expected to be used in health related chats around the world, esp places where m… https://t.co/UpLyliWXMR— Heather Kelly (@Heather Kelly)1538505325.0
@verge @DurandAnn redhead emojis at long last, coming soon!— PBBenz (@PBBenz)1538543959.0
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?!