The Unicode Consortium has approved more than 150 new emoji characters that will likely be headed to iOS and macOS later this year.
The new emoji set finally includes male and female faces with red hair, along with bald characters, new superheroes and supervillains, and more.
Apple is typically faster than its rivals at introducing new emoji characters after they have been approved. It’s likely many of those shown below will make their way into iOS 12 and the next major upgrade to macOS this fall.
157 new emoji
There are actually 77 new characters, but many are available in different skin tones for a total of 157. Jeremy Burge, who runs the Emojipedia website, has re-created some of the new glyphs with an Apple feel to demonstrate what they might look like on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
In addition to new faces, there are a whole bunch of new animals, including a kangaroo, llama, lobster, hippopotamus and raccoon. New foods include lettuce, mango, cupcake and bagel. Other objects include a fire extinguisher, puzzle piece, chess piece, broom and toilet paper.
The new emoji are part of the Unicode 11.0 standard, which is scheduled for release this June. It usually takes a little while for them to start appearing on smartphones and tablets, so we will likely see them around September.
There’s no guarantee Apple will choose to include all of these characters in its future software updates, but again, the company is normally pretty good at adopting new additions as quickly as possible.