Earlier today, Apple released software update 10.2 to the public, which includes the long-awaited Unicode 9.0 emoji release. Including a large array of skin tones and new professions, Apple now supports a whopping 422 emojis (depending on how you count them).
If you’ve been looking for ways to express your sneezes, shrugs, and facepalms, or your favorite foods like bacon and avocado (and a drooling face at the prospect of bacon and avocado together), now you can with this latest software update!
You may also notice that emojis have gotten a bit of a facelift with a new 3D look, showing more detail and contrast than previous releases.
Lastly, some of our old favorites have gotten some fresh updates, like the snowman getting more detailed, some previously-framed emojis (like the desert or rainbow) have lost their frames, and the
sassy pants emoji has gotten a little more realistic.
🤖 If you use Android, read this: Were you excited about the new emojis but don’t have them yet? Don’t be upset! Remember, emojis are released by Unicode, not Apple. That means that it’s up to the software developers (like Google and Apple, etc.) to create versions of these emojis that look great on their respective platforms. So while this article is about an Apple release, that doesn’t mean that Android will never get them… it just means they’re not there yet!
If your iPhone or iPad supports iOS 10.2, you’ll see an available update if you open your Settings app, click “General,” then “Software Update.”
Want to see every single emoji that’s currently available inside the iOS 10.2 update? Click here to see them all in their graphical glory.