iOS 16.4 Beta Adds New Emoji Like Donkey, Jellyfish, Pink Heart, Hyacinth, Ginger, Goose, Shaking Face and More

The iOS 16.4 beta that was released today introduces new Unicode 15 emoji characters, adding new emoji options for the first time in more than a year.

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New emoji characters include shaking face, pink heart, light blue heart, donkey, moose, goose, wing, jellyfish, hyacinth, pea pod, ginger, flute, maracas, black bird, and more.

These new emoji options were first proposed in July 2022 and then were released in the new Unicode standard in September 2022. It often takes Apple several months to implement new emoji characters because the company's designers need to create the icons based on the information provided by the Unicode Consortium.

The emoji characters are available in the iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 betas, which can be downloaded by developers. Apple will likely make a public beta available in the near future, but it will likely be several weeks before the software updates see an official release.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
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Top Rated Comments

eilavid Avatar
6 weeks ago

I’m so glad to see Apple focusing on the important things.
As usual, Apple does not decide on which emojis to include. And people working on Mac hardware do not design these emojis.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
6 weeks ago
The Pink heart emoji took Apple 5 years. The first emoji kinda looks like this. Bravo! ???

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Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
6 weeks ago
What’s the point of these exactly, there’s to many anyways, who needs them
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Akrapovic Avatar
6 weeks ago
God this thread is ridiculous.

"HomePods are going to trash. Who is in charge here?"

Do you think graphics designers are responsible for HomePod firmware? If you do, you don't get to have an opinion on this subject.

"What's the point in these?"

Conforming to Unicode standards. You'd be the first to whine when someone sends you a message and you just get a blank square because your phone doesn't support modern Unicode standards.

Jesus christ people.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
6 weeks ago
Thank god, I've been waiting for donkeymoji for 20 years!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
6 weeks ago

New emoji characters include shaking face, pink heart, light blue heart, donkey, moose, goose, wing, jellyfish, hyacinth, pea pod, ginger, flute, maracas, black bird, and more.
I’m so glad to see Apple focusing on the important things.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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