Apple releases new emojis in iOS update
Last Wednesday, with its new iOS 9.1 update, Apple released 150 new emojis for its users to enjoy! According to the Random House Dictionary, an emoji is a “small digital picture or pictorial symbol that represents a thing, feeling, concept, etc. in electronic communication.”
The word actually has its origins in the 1990s from Japan. The word “emoji” can be broken down into the Japanese words “e,” which means picture, and “moji,” for letter or character.
Some of these new emojis include a face with rolling eyes, a taco, a unicorn, a thoughtful face, a hot dog, a nerd face, a bottle with a popping cork, an upside-down smiling face, a peace symbol, a turkey (just in time for Thanksgiving!) and a money face, with perhaps the most notable new one being the middle finger.
These new emojis were part of the 250 new emojis approved by the Unicode Consortium last September and this June in the Unicode 8.0 release.
The Unicode Consortium develops and maintains standardization of text in all modern software applications. Apple previously added some of these emojis back in April and rolled out more last week.
On Oct. 19, the App Store measured that 61 percent of users had adopted the new iOS 9, with 30 percent still on iOS 8 and the rest being on earlier versions.
This Unicode 8.0 release has not been implemented in Android yet, meaning the new emojis Apple users are sending are not visible to Android loyalists.
As Android users expressed disappointment over their inability to properly express their feelings through texts, Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, promised that development for an Android implementation was underway.
Lockheimer tweeted: “So I have a feeling y’all want new emojis? a) Thanks for the feedback, b) We’re on it and c) Sorry!”
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