Apple has released 117 new emojis - including animals and gender-neutral brides and grooms

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 2:23 pm
Apple has released 117 new emojis - including animals and gender-neutral brides and grooms Photo: Shutterstock)

Apple has revealed the latest batch of emojis to be released along with the next iOS update, including a happy crying face, a container of bubble tea, and an accordion.

The new set will also feature a transgender symbol, a gender-neutral Santa Claus, and gender-fluid people wearing wedding tuxedos and dresses.

The emojis will be available as part of the iOS 14.2 software update on iPhones and iPads.

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A first for Apple

This new batch of emojis marks the first time Apple has produced gender variations for people wearing a tuxedo or wedding veil.

Prior releases assigned a man to wear the tuxedo and a woman to wear a veil, but these have been reclassified by Unicode as gender-neutral emojis in Emoji 13.0.

There is also Mx Claus - a gender-inclusive alternative to Santa Claus or Mrs Claus.

Other emojis in the release

Also featured in the new batch of emojis is a Groucho Marx face, bubble tea and a picket sign.

Fans of animals are in for a treat, with the arrival of a new beaver emoji. There is also an antelope and mammoth as part of the release.

When will the new emojis be released?

iOS 14.2 is in beta now, for developer testing. It's likely that this will come to a public release during October 2020.

These new emojis are also included in the latest macOS Big Sur beta releases, and coming to macOS 11 Big Sur in October 2020.