Unicode Consortium Releases Unicode 8 With Taco, Cheese and Unicorn Face Emoji

The Unicode Consortium today released Unicode 8, the next update to the Unicode Standard that defines special characters and symbols, including emoji. Unicode 8 introduces 7,716 new characters, including six new scripts and new symbols, with letters to support languages in Africa, lowercase Cherokee symbols, and more.

Of interest to iPhone and Mac users is the emoji portion of Unicode 8, which introduces 37 new emoji and five emoji modifiers (these are the same skin tone modifiers that Apple has already adopted). These new emoji may eventually be added to Apple's Mac and iOS operating systems.

Of the 37 new emoji, inclusions based on popular request include taco, cheese wedge, burrito, bottle with popping cork, hot dog, popcorn, turkey, and unicorn face. Missing sports symbols like badminton and volleyball are also included, as are several new faces: face with rolling eyes, zipper-mouth face, robot face, upside-down face, and hugging face.

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Emoji examples via Emojipedia

Unicode only includes text descriptions for each of the emoji, so it's up to each individual company to create the graphics to go along with the symbols. When these emoji eventually make their way to the iPhone, they'll look different than the images above.

Apple has adopted the emoji skin tone modifiers outlined in Unicode 8, but it has not yet adopted the new emoji symbols. In fact, Apple still has not adopted the Unicode 7 standard that was finalized in June of 2014, continuing to offer only the emoji that were included in Unicode 6. It is not known when Apple might add new emoji, but it has not done so in iOS 9, aside from a few new flags.

The Unicode Consortium is already working on Unicode 9 for 2016. Emoji additions proposed for Unicode 9 include bacon, avocado, shrug, croissant, owl, selfie, drooling face, and more.



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47 months ago

People have jobs today that were impossible to even conceive of 10 years ago.


People have jobs today that are impossible to conceive of, even today.
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47 months ago
People have jobs today that were impossible to even conceive of 10 years ago.
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47 months ago
Will the unicorn come with a fur color change to be more inclusive of nonwhite unicorns? /s
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47 months ago
Ayyy lmao. I am excited about the taco. I'm not sure why it has been missing for so long!
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47 months ago
Am I alone in exclusively using the classic yellow smileys, plus the odd turd emoji? Every single other one is naff.
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47 months ago
That's *just* what I'm looking for, some more garbage emojis for me to sift through whilst I try to locate the few worthwhile ones.
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47 months ago
Wow, this clears up a major cultural snafu. Here I thought the Cherokee were yelling at me all the time, but now I realize it's because the Unicode consortium didn't even include their lower case characters...
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47 months ago
... and still no regular smiley face, as in "colon + right parentheses". Just a face that is smiling, not showing teeth, is all I want. You'd think it would be the very first Emoji ever created.
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47 months ago
My 8 favorite foods just happen to be hot dogs, burritos, cheese, tacos, champagne, popcorn, turkey, and unicorns.
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47 months ago

Soon, we will reach emoji nirvana where every imaginable thing will be represented by a small, tiny graphic. I, for one, accept our new emoji overlords.

One more thought: there still isn't a good "confused" emoji. I know there's one that's supposed to be confused ('http://emojipedia.org/confused-face/'), but let's be honest: it looks more like "sad" than "confused." We nee something more like this ('http://st.depositphotos.com/3070721/3895/v/950/depositphotos_38959723-Question-emoticon.jpg'), or at least with a question mark included.

I think the Windows version of the confused emoji is the best one. It just needs a question mark. The Android version looks more like a suspicious emoji and the Apple one looks slightly displeased.
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