Soon there could be new emoji that let you show you are melting, have a low battery or are feeling ambivalent or teary-eyed. These and more are on the list for approval in Emoji 14.0. But they might not appear in iPhones and other devices until 2022.
The list appears with World Emoji Day coming July 17.
The list of possible fresh emoji includes a saluting face, heart hands, a troll, a bird nest, bubbles and many more, according to Emojipedia. Plus, emoji fans would get more inclusivity options, including additional skin tones for handshakes and pregnant man.
It’s not guaranteed that any of these proposals will be added to the list of approved emoji. But most of them probably will.
“In past years, the majority of draft emoji candidates end up included on the final list,” said Jeremy Burge from Emojipedia.
Adding new emoji is more complex than you realize
The approval process for emoji is complex because devices don’t send pictures to each other — they send Unicode numbers. It’s up to the device to turn the number into a picture. So the sender and receiver must agree on what those Unicode numbers represent.
The Unicode Consortium coordinates the process. And the group is scheduled to announce Unicode 14.0 and release Emoji 14.0 on September 14.
That’s likely too late for any of these additions to be in Apple’s upcoming iOS 15, macOS Monterey, etc., as these operating system upgrades are expected to launch at about that same time.
Still, it’s possible these changes could be included in Apple’s operating system updates before the end of 2021. However, 2022 seems more likely. Apple must take the recommended emoji designs and “tune” them to fit its own look. The same is true for Google and the makers of other applications. The last emoji additions came in iOS 14.5.