Unicode 16 shows new emojis that can be expected later this year for iPhone, iPad and Mac

Emoji lovers pay attention, because new emoticons have been announced. Unicode Consortium, the creators of the Emojis, have released a beta for Unicode 16 containing new emoji. This way we already know which emoticons we can expect later this year.

The current range of emoji is already large, so the update has been limited to seven brand new emoji that you will soon be able to send and use, including an emoticon with bags under the eyes, fingerprint, tree without leaves, harp, shovel and more. The new emoticons will only be added in a later version of iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS 15, possibly in the spring of 2025.

Unicode 16 in beta

Unicode Consortium, the creators of the Emojis, have not yet officially announced the new update. Well, the new one unicode 16 currently in beta, ending July 2. During this period, a select group of people will have the opportunity to view and critically assess the new emojis. Unicode Consortium will probably announce the new emoticons on July 14, World Emoji Day. The final version will be released in September, after which Apple can create their own design.

7 new emoji and combinations

Seven new emojis, which is a meager number compared to previous years. The final number will probably be slightly higher, because existing emoji will be provided with some innovations. In total, only seven brand new emojis are added, the others are an addition to existing ones or an extension of a new emoji. Below you will find an overview of all the new emojis shared by MacRumors.

The 2024/2025 emoji update tentatively adds the following new emoticons: emoticon with bags under the eyes, fingerprint, tree without leaves, root vegetable (beet), harp, shovel and a purple splash/spot.

It is still unknown whether the Emoji 16 update will have more new emoticons or adjustments later this year.

New software required

The new emojis for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac are not expected until spring 2025. This requires a software update iOS 18, iPadOS 18, watchOS 11 and macOS 15. These updates are necessary to use or view the new emoticons.

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