Unicode 7.0 includes 250 new emoji icons that could come to future iOS update

By , Jun 16, 2014

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The Unicode Consortium announced today that Unicode 7.0 is now available, adding currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, historic scripts and other new symbols. But as reported by MacRumors, the bigger news for iPhone and iPad users is the addition of approximately 250 new emoji icons. Before you get too excited, Apple still has to update iOS to support the new Unicode standard first… 

Apple, Google and Microsoft are among the nine full members of the Unicode Consortium, meaning that Unicode 7.0 will likely be supported on future versions of iOS, Android and Windows Phone software. So if you have an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia Lumia or one of several other smartphones and tablets, you may soon be able to use emojis like a reverse middle finger, cloud with lightning and a studio microphone. Emojipedia has the full list of new emojis.

Many of the new emoji icons have been adapted from the Wingdings and Webdings fonts. The following are examples:

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Unicode 7.0 adds a total of 2,834 new characters, including 23 new scripts and several new symbols. The standard extends support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries and Africa. The Unicode Consortium has published an official changelog for Unicode 7.0 that covers all of the important changes for the new standard. Further specification for Unicode 7.0 should be published in October.

Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium on diversifying the people emojis, but it does not look like that will happen in time for this new standard.

Are you excited for new emoji icons?

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  • cordell

    No black 1’s ?

    • Jeremy

      Black hands from what I read?

  • Jeremy

    But the most important one being added

    • abdullah575

      the middle finger to put it on your ass !!

  • highNiggaPie

    Can we finally get a black emoji

    • jack

      no

      • highNiggaPie

        Bitch no one asked you

    • Jeremy

      I believe I saw several saying black hands making hand gestures similar to the white hands

    • Jeremy

      Yeah here’s some of the ones I saw

    • Alan

      There is a black emoji…

      • highNiggaPie

        And there’s also a gay one for faggots like you

  • JustMeJip2

    SPOCK EMOJI HAHAHA _V/

  • Luism27

    or could come to cydia

  • Ваше Онтатиле Масвибилили

    i have long waited for a middle finger emoji i hope this is the time for a serious update

  • MacGuru17

    Still waiting for a Canadian flag. They should add more flags in general. The red leaf that’s currently there looks nothing like a maple leaf and people use it to represent a cannabis leaf, which it also looks nothing like (might as well have one of those too).

    • onesimpleclik

      And an Australian Flag as well…

  • onesimpleclik

    There better be an Australian Flag emoji…
    We are a freaking continent! A CONTINENT!

  • becky411234

    So… How do I get this? I thought it came in the form of an apple iphone update but there isn’t one. So are there even any more emojis for apple? If not then which platforms display them. How can I use it? HELP!