Apple's new emoji include bearded man, breastfeeding mom

Janie Parker
July 19, 2017

Some of the new emoji Apple chose to highlight include a bearded person, a woman with headscarf, an exploding head and starstruck emoji, and a person sitting in meditation posture.

If you are writing a message today (17 July) that contains emojis, congratulations, you are celebrating World Emoji Day.

But Emoji also keeps up with the trends now days as Apple will also add Daenerys Targaryen, aka the Mother of Dragons, from the Game of Thrones as an emoji. But it's taking things a notch further by revealing that a bunch of new emoji characters are coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year.

Apple didn't give the exact release date of emojis, but it is expected that the company might launch new emojis alongside its new OS, iOS 11.

As per Apple's commitment to "reflect the diversity of people everywhere" through its emoji selection, a woman wearing a hijab is now available, along with someone breastfeeding.

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Most recently, the 2016 update saw Apple equalizing its gender representation, adding gender options for single-parent families and new female athletes and professionals - leveling out the largely male representation among sports emojis.

Some other emojis on the way include a sandwich, a genie, and perhaps other items such as a wizard, a half-empty glass of scotch and more.

And it's not clear whether the cool T-Rex is a chap or lady.

Emoji may not have replaced text just yet, but they are getting closer: the pictorial icons have revolutionized digital communication since becoming a fixture of the iOS keyboard in 2011, and adopted by most other platforms soon after. There's also going to be a Zombie and Elf emoji as well.

For the third year running, the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji reigns supreme on social media. The head of the emoji resource Emojipedia and creator of World Emoji day, Jeremy Burge, was pleased Apple finally acknowledged the day.

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