Apple has taken the wraps off some of the new emoji coming to its devices, and they look brilliant. The 12 new designs are coming as part of an update later this year, meaning that Apple’s all-singing, all-dancing iPhone 8 will be among the devices to support these new designs.
Apple made the announcement on its public press site:
With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message. New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut. More animals and mythical creatures like T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie and Elf are a fun way to describe situations and new Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces make any message more fun.
When can you get your hands on these new designs? Apple is keeping it vague, with an official launch date of “later this year” on iOS, watchOS and macOS.
The company’s launch calendar for the end of the year is filled to the brim, as it’s already announced a fall launch for iOS 11, the free software update coming to the iPhone 5S and newer. Apple is also rumored to launch the iPhone 8 later this year, which is almost certainly set to arrive with iOS 11 pre-installed.
With the next iOS scheduled to launch close to the end of the year, there’s a high chance it will support the new emoji. But if iPhone 8 buyers open the box to find their new device does not in fact support these new graphics, expect a software update before the year’s end.
It wouldn’t be entirely unexpected: Apple is already rumored to be planning a minor iOS 11 update to enable wireless charging for the iPhone 8 after it’s already launched. The new emoji could become a new selling point for some buyers, particularly for customers that can’t run the new software update on their old device.