New emoji for 2021 will set your heart afire

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The list of new 2021 emoji is short.
Some of the new emoji in iOS 14.5.
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The new emoji set to appear in 2021 will help you express relief or confusion. Or show that your heart’s afire, or that it’s mending.

Those might seem fairly ordinary, but there is something extremely odd about the the list of upcoming emoji: It’s very short. The group responsible for coming up with new emoji picked just seven new designs to debut next year. The reason is simple: COVID-19.

Ninja, Mx. Claus and bison lead roster of 117 new emoji coming in 2020

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All these emoji might get added to iPhone in 2020.
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The full list of 117 emoji coming to Unicode 13.0 was revealed by the Unicode Consortium today ahead of their addition to smartphone keyboards later this year.

While the new list of emoji is short on new smiley faces it does add a number of interesting characters such as ninjas, a gender-neutral version of Santa Claus, a polar bear, bison and a bunch of other miscellaneous items.

Take a closer look at each one:

Apple wants to bring these accessibility emoji to iOS

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Apple's new emoji suggestions, designed to better represent those with a disability
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Apple has proposed a bunch of new accessibility emoji that it wants to bring to iOS.

There are nine altogether — some of which are available in different genders and skin tones — including guide dogs, a heading aid, prosthetic limbs, and more.

Get a sneak peek at next year’s new emojis

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Who doesn't love a good emoji?
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Have you found yourself unable to continue a conversation without the use of a drunk emoji, a female supervillain or a strand of DNA?

If so, you may be pleased to hear that the Unicode Consortium has released its Emoji 11.0 beta to developers, offering a glimpse at the 130 Draft Candidate emojis we may be able to enjoy sometime next year.

Yay? Frowning poop emoji and more possibly on their way to iOS

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Proposed new emojis for 2018
How did you converse with people prior to the existence of the above emojis?
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Do you find yourself at a loss in conversations due to the nonexistence of a smiling or frowning poop emoji to get your point across? Feel that your conversations about great punk albums just don’t work without a picture of a safety pin to illustrate them?

Have no fear: Unicode is on the case with 67 new proposed emojis!

Smell the bacon? It’s one of 38 new emojis on the way

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Apple's on a hot streak with its new emoji.
Apple's on a hot streak with its new emoji.
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If you’ve long found yourself unable to communicate effectively with your friends because of the lack of “bacon,” “shark” and “man in tuxedo” emojis, you could be in luck next year.

That’e because the Unicode Consortium, aka the Mountain View, California-based organization that standardizes characters and emoji across different operating systems — is set to add 38 all-new emojis to its Unicode 9.0 update.

Arriving in June 2016, they should find their way onto iOS not long after. Here’s what you can expect: