We’re not asking for much here, but one of those things is new emojis. Luckily, the Unicode Consortium heard our cries and gave us over 118 new emojis approved in 2023. However, that doesn’t mean they’re usable right now. In February, as part of its iOS 16.4 update, Apple added 21 emojis approved in 2022.
This means that among the hundreds of new emojis approved by Unicode for version 15.1, don’t expect to see them on your Apple devices until 2024. That doesn’t mean you can’t get excited. In fact, several of the emojis on this list have been gradually released on Google platforms and Android devices since their approval in September. These emojis range from a suite of new directional style people to brand new ones like a phoenix firebird and a lime.
Below you’ll see all the new emoji we received in 2023 to get excited about when they finally arrive on a future iOS 17 update.
We’re finally getting the much-anticipated lime emoji as it’s one of six brand new Unicode-approved emojis. Others include Shaking Head Horizontally and Vertically, Phoenix, Brown Mushroom, and Broken Chain.
Noto Color Emoji font from Google.
New family emojis
Unicode also added several gender-neutral family emojis as well as silhouette-based designs. Version 15.1 also adds a silhouette design for all emojis from the previous family to match the new update.
Adult, Adult, Child: 🧑🧑🧒
Adult, Child, Child: 🧑🧒🧒
Adult, Child: 🧑🧒
Adult, Adult, Child, Child: 🧑🧑🧒🧒
The latest 108 emojis added in version 15.1 are all skin and gender variations of previously released emojis. In addition, these new variants are turned to the right, while their current counterparts are so far only turned to the left.