A Look at All of the New Emoji Coming in iOS 12.1

Apple's upcoming iOS 12.1 update will introduce more than 70 new emoji, which debuted earlier this week in the second iOS 12.1 beta.

We went hands-on with the new iOS 12.1 update to preview the new characters that you can expect to see when iOS 12.1 is released, such as cold face, face with hearts, red hair, white hair, no hair, parrot, swan, llama, mango, cupcake, and more.


Over the course of the last few years, emoji usage has become increasingly prevalent across the world, and many iOS users now look forward to the iOS updates that include new emoji characters to include in text messages, social media ports, and more.

The 2018 emoji release includes new emoji in a range of categories, from faces and people to food, animals, and common household objects. Every new emoji coming in iOS 12.1 is depicted below, organized by category.

New faces: Face with hearts, hot face, cold face, partying face, woozy face, and pleading face.

emojifacesios121
New people: Man/woman with red hair, man/woman with white hair, man/woman with curly hair, man/woman with no hair, superhero (male and female), and supervillain (male and female).

newpeopleios121
Body parts: Leg, foot, tooth, and bone.

ios121emojibodyparts
Clothing: Goggles, lab coat, hiking boot, and flat shoe,

ios121emojiclothing
Toys: Teddy bear, jigsaw, and chess pawn.

ios121emojitoys
Sports: Skateboard, lacrosse, softball, and flying disc.

ios12emojisports
Animals: Raccoon, llama, hippopotamus, kangaroo, badger, swan, peacock, parrot, lobster, and mosquito.

ios121emojianimals
Science: Microbe, test tube, petri dish, DNA.

ios121emojiscience
Household: Lotion bottle, soap, sponge, safety pin, broom, roll of paper, thread, and yarn.

ios121emojihouseholditems
Food: Mango, leafy green, bagel, salt, moon cake, and cupcake.

emojifoodios12
Random objects: Compass, brick, luggage, firecracker, red envelope, nazar amulet (evil eye), receipt, toolbox, fire extinguisher, basket, infinity symbol, and pirate flag.

randomobjectsios121emoji
In addition to all of the new emoji in iOS 12, there are some tweaks to existing emoji. Most notably, the iPhone emoji has had a design overhaul to make it look like the iPhone XS rather than the iPhone 8 with no Home button or bezels.

ios121iphoneemoji
Emoji being added in iOS 12.1 are from Unicode 11, which was finalized and released in June of this year. It often takes Apple and other tech companies several months to implement new emoji because artwork needs to be created for each new character.

Unicode 12, which Apple will adopt in 2019, is already in the works. Emoji candidates for Unicode 12 include flamingo, white heart, snorkel, axe, orangutan, otter, sloth, butter, onion, ice cube, chair, kite, waffle, oyster, and more.

Apple says that it is working with the Unicode Consortium to add additional disability-themed emoji to Unicode 12.

It's still early in the iOS 12.1 beta testing process, so it's not quite clear when the update, new emoji included, will be released. It's likely to come at the end of October or the beginning of November. Late October is a strong possibility given that the iPhone XR releases on October 26.

What do you think of the new emoji coming in iOS 12.1? Let us know in the comments.

Related Forum: iOS 12

Top Rated Comments

iMi Avatar
73 months ago
I would like to see the "I'm sick of emojis" emoji. I would really much prefer Apple working on something useful...
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PickUrPoison Avatar
73 months ago
I would like to see the "I'm sick of emojis" emoji. I would really much prefer Apple working on something useful...
Is there an “I’m sick of people complaining about emojis” emoji? Or an “I’m sick of people thinking artists design hardware, write software, fix bugs or do QA” emoji?
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tapiture Avatar
73 months ago
At this point how do you even find any specific one in the vast the sea of 12pt icons?
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bladerunner2000 Avatar
73 months ago
Not enough diversity. I (by that I mean everyone) demand that there is a representation of albino, bi-racial, transgenderfluid non-binary women in wheelchairs.

I'm so deeply offended by this bigotry!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
73 months ago
Apple needs to improve hardware before they do this emoji ****. I demand that all the people working on emoji be ordered to get started designing and manufacturing Macs! :mad:



Attachment Image
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sir1963nz Avatar
73 months ago
Emoji...YAWN.
Is that what IOS has devolved too, just more emoji.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iPhone 15 Pro FineWoven

Apple Reportedly Stops Production of FineWoven Accessories

Sunday April 21, 2024 6:03 am PDT by
Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories, according to the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as "Kosutami." In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Kosutami explained that Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories due to its poor durability. The company may move to another non-leather material for its premium accessories in the future. Kosutami has revealed...
maxresdefault

Apple Announces 'Let Loose' Event on May 7 Amid Rumors of New iPads

Tuesday April 23, 2024 7:11 am PDT by
Apple has announced it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time), with a live stream to be available on Apple.com and on YouTube as usual. The event invitation has a tagline of "Let Loose" and shows an artistic render of an Apple Pencil, suggesting that iPads will be a focus of the event. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more ...
iOS 17 All New Features Thumb

iOS 17.5 Will Add These New Features to Your iPhone

Sunday April 21, 2024 3:00 am PDT by
The upcoming iOS 17.5 update for the iPhone includes only a few new user-facing features, but hidden code changes reveal some additional possibilities. Below, we have recapped everything new in the iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 beta so far. Web Distribution Starting with the second beta of iOS 17.5, eligible developers are able to distribute their iOS apps to iPhone users located in the EU...
Provenance Emulator

PlayStation and SEGA Emulator for iPhone and Apple TV Coming to App Store [Updated]

Friday April 19, 2024 8:29 am PDT by
The lead developer of the multi-emulator app Provenance has told iMore that his team is working towards releasing the app on the App Store, but he did not provide a timeframe. Provenance is a frontend for many existing emulators, and it would allow iPhone and Apple TV users to emulate games released for a wide variety of classic game consoles, including the original PlayStation, SEGA Genesis,...
Apple Vision Pro Dual Loop Band Orange Feature 2

Apple Cuts Vision Pro Shipments as Demand Falls 'Sharply Beyond Expectations'

Tuesday April 23, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple has dropped the number of Vision Pro units that it plans to ship in 2024, going from an expected 700 to 800k units to just 400k to 450k units, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Orders have been scaled back before the Vision Pro has launched in markets outside of the United States, which Kuo says is a sign that demand in the U.S. has "fallen sharply beyond expectations." As a...