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iOS 13.1 Brings Design Updates for Multiple Emojis, Corrects Anatomy Issues for Animals

In the iOS 13.1 update released this morning, Apple tweaked the designs of several emojis, updating inaccuracies in some cases and changing colors and designs for other emoji.

According to Emojipedia, Apple updated a total of 24 emoji designs in iOS 13.1, and several of the most important updates relate to tweaks to animals.


The octopus, for example, now has suckers on its tentacles, which were missing before, and the squid emoji no longer has a siphon in the middle of its face, which was anatomically incorrect.


The mosquito now has six legs instead of five legs as in the prior emoji, and the abacus now has its beads oriented vertically instead of horizontally, which is more historically accurate.

Apple changed the jigsaw puzzle piece from blue to green, and changed the hearts used for emojis like face with heart eyes. The mermaid emojis now feature the mermaid holding a trident, the cow is a slightly different color, shading on the mouse has been updated, and a few other emoji have also received smaller design tweaks.


Later this year, Apple plans to bring a total of 59 new emojis to the iOS operating system, introducing characters like sloth, flamingo, waffle, falafel, skunk, orangutan, and more.


New faces, gestures, and poses coming include yawning face, pinching hand, person kneeling, person standing, and new people holding hands options that are both gender and skin tone inclusive, plus there are a wide selection of other miscellaneous emoji.


Apple earlier this year previewed all of the upcoming emoji characters, and they'll be added to iOS in an update to iOS 13 set to be released later this year. It's not entirely clear when we might see the new characters, but last year Apple released updated emoji in early October.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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3 weeks ago
now this is important! who cares if my mail notifications still don't work!
Rating: 51 Votes
3 weeks ago
Again guys, this has nothing to do with the team that handles bugs.

Stop overreacting.
Rating: 26 Votes
3 weeks ago
You know the best part about the original yellow "smileys" that later became emoji?

You didn't have to worry about being inclusive or offensive... because they were just abstract universal facial expressions.
Rating: 23 Votes
3 weeks ago
does anyone really give a ? about emojis?
Rating: 19 Votes
3 weeks ago


I want the bugs fixed not freaking emojis! Terrible...


You don't want the bugs fixed by emoji artists.
Rating: 16 Votes
3 weeks ago
I want the bugs fixed not freaking emojis! Terrible...
Rating: 14 Votes
3 weeks ago
I'm sure the graphic artists on the emoji team will get right on your complaints about bugs.
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago
This is the news that excites me! Finally, I can express my distaste for falafel in a colorful, detailed emoji!
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago
Hate to break it to ya, folks, but it is actually important for Apple to keep up with emoji releases for compatibility across operating systems, and these things do matter to a not-insignifiant number of users.

And also, Apple has multiple teams which specialize in different areas of the operating system. They are capable of working on multiple things, including adding features and fixing (or creating, or failing to fix in a timely manner) bugs. The people who work on emoji probably are not the people who work on the notifications system, networking capabilities, or the Mail app.
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago
Is the waffle now anatomically correct as well?
Rating: 10 Votes

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