The Unicode Consortium today launched Unicode 8, the next update to the Unicode Level that specifies unique characters and symbols, consisting of emoji. Unicode 8 introduces 7,716 new characters, including six brand-new scripts and new signs, with letters to support languages in Africa, lowercase Cherokee signs, and more.


Emoji examples by means of Emojipedia

Of interest to iPhone and Mac users is the emoji portion of Unicode 8, which presents 37 brand-new emoji and five emoji modifiers (these are the same complexion modifiers that Apple has actually currently adopted). These brand-new emoji may become enhanced Apple’s Mac and iOS running systems.

Of the 37 brand-new emoji, additions based on popular demand consist of taco, cheese wedge, burrito, bottle with popping cork, hotdog, popcorn, turkey, and unicorn face. Missing sports signs like badminton and volley ball are also included, as are numerous brand-new faces: face with rolling eyes, zipper-mouth face, robot face, upside-down face, and hugging face.

Unicode just includes text descriptions for each of the emoji, so it depends on each individual business to develop the graphics to accompany the signs. When these emoji ultimately make their method to the iPhone, they’ll look various than the images previously.

Apple has embraced the emoji skin tone modifiers laid out in Unicode 8, but it has not yet embraced the new emoji signs. In fact, Apple still has not adopted the Unicode 7 level that was completed in June of 2014, continuing to provide only the emoji that were included in Unicode 6. It is not understood when Apple might add new emoji, however it has actually not done so in iOS 9, aside from a few new flags.

The Unicode Consortium is already working on Unicode 9 for 2016. Emoji additions proposed for Unicode 9 consist of bacon, avocado, shrug, croissant, owl, selfie, drooling face, and more.

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