Here are Apple’s new diverse emojis

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

Apple has included diverse emojis into OS X 10.10.3 beta 2 and iOS 8.3 beta 2 that were just seeded to developers on Monday.

Emojis have exploded in popularity after being released within iOS 5, as they’re seen as a quick way to show expression. With the change within the new betas, more ethnicities are now being supported, along with 32 new country flags.  Read More


Emojis to get more diverse in OS X 10.10.3

By Jake Smith on Feb 6, 2015

Apple is bringing several enhancements to emojis in OS X 10.10.3, as placeholder emojis indicate we may see more diverse characters when the update is released to the public in the coming months.

Following word from the Unicode Consortium in March of 2014 that more diverse emojis are coming, there are now multiple versions of the same emoji character under a sub-menu.

Given the beta state of OS X 10.10.3, the menu is currently non-functional, but it does show the selected emoji followed by five instances of the emoji paired with a number one inside a black box, MacRumors first noted. This indicates we may see different skin tones for the “man” emoji and others. Read More


Emojli is an emoji-only network that could be the next Yo

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014

As if there weren’t already enough ways to communicate with others, this month has now been witness to two different outside of the box messaging platforms. The first was a quirky new app called Yo that took the App Store by storm earlier this month with over one million users in just days. The two-character app is a simple and efficient messaging tool that solely consists of sending and receiving notifications that say Yo.

Emojli is the second, an emoji-only network looking to replicate the success of Yo from a few weeks ago. Forget text messages, hashtags, spam and trolls, and communicate solely with emojis. Emojli is now accepting username reservations on its website, which are also entirely in emoji. While the app seems like satire, its creators Matt Gray and Tom Scott claim it will be launching on iOS soon and other platforms later…  Read More


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

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014

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…  Read More


Apple looking to add more diversity to emoji character set

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

According to Apple’s VP of worldwide communications Katie Cotton, the company is looking to expand its emoji character set to include emojis that are non-caucasian. The spokeswoman recently provided a statement to MTV Act about the lack of diversity in the 400+ set.

In the statement, Cotton points out that there’s a universal lack of diversity in emojis, as the characters are based on the Unicode standard. But apparently Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to update the standard by adding new, multicultural emoji characters… Read More


TeleSound: the sound messenger that sends audio Emojis

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 2, 2013

As we’ve said time and time again, we’re huge fans of Kickstarter here at iDB, but everyone once in a while something pops up on our radar that makes us question the wisdom of making it easy for people to build and sell almost anything.

Take TeleSound as a prime example. With a goal of $100,000 and nearly a month to reach it, TeleSound is a little accessory that turns Emoji icons into audio, making it easy for your friends to not only send you silly little pictures, but to also annoy your cat in the process.

Is this uninhibited invention at its finest, and are we just getting old and boring? You be the judge… Read More


Apple seen removing emoji apps from the App Store

By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2012

This is kind of interesting. With iOS 6 bringing expanded emoji support, it looks like Apple has decided to do something about the large number of emoji apps in the App Store.

According to a new report, several developers have received letters from the company, stating that their emoji apps are being removed now that the feature is built-in to iOS… Read More


How to quickly access Emoji characters via the iPhone’s stock keyboard

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2012

QuickEmoji is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly access Emoji characters using the stock iOS keyboard. Normally, you’d have to switch to a dedicated Emoji keyboard to use Emoji characters, but this tweak takes on a more practical approach.

Take a look on the inside, as we show you how to access your precious Emoji characters in a more efficient manner… Read More


Virtual keyboard in iOS 6 now finally capitalizes after quotes and emoji

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2012

Here’s another small but useful tweak in iOS 6 which went under our radar: the virtual keyboard is now clever enough to capitalize after quotes and emoji.

Previously, when you started or ended a quote or ended your sentence with emoji followed by a period, the keyboard wouldn’t switch to capitals.

iOS 6 tweaks its virtual keyboard’s behavior, now capitalizing after quotes and emojis, just as you’d expect… Read More


iOS 6 brings an array of new Emoji to your iDevice

By Sébastien Page on Jun 14, 2012

Those of you that are really into Emoji will be happy to learn that iOS 6 is bringing a multitude of new icons to the mix.

The ones displayed in the image above are just a few examples of what’s to come in Apple’s latest mobile operating system, which is still in beta, and should be released to the public in the Fall… Read More


‘SMSmileys’ automatically converts text smiley faces into Emoji icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2012

Isn’t it weird that the stock Messages app doesn’t automatically convert ASCII smiley faces into Emoji icons?

I never understood why Apple neglected to include this feature; I think they should have at least made it an option.

Thanks to the jailbreak community, now it is an option, and that option is called SMSmileysRead More


‘PictoKeyboard’ adds tons of new Unicode symbols to your iDevice

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2012

If you’re one of those people that knows what U+F8FF means, or what Option+Shift+K does, then this post is for you. For those of you who aren’t aware, U+F8FF is the Unicode address for the Apple logo  (on Apple devices) that you see on a lot of Twitter profiles, etc.

PictoKeyboard is a new tweak that allows you to have a Unicode keyboard on your iDevice, making it easy to access your favorite symbols on the small screen… Read More


How to Get Emoji Icons on iOS 5 [No Jailbreak Required]

By Sébastien Page on Oct 25, 2011

Up until now, the only way to get Emoji icons on your iPhone or iPad was to employ some workaround that either required a jailbreak or an app from the App Store.

Workarounds are great, but native solutions are even better. iOS 5 has made this much easier since it is now letting you use an Emoji icon keyboard on a stock iDevice. No jailbreak and no download required… Read More


Add Live Video Wallpaper to Stock SMS With BeyondSMS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2011

Looking for a way to enhance your SMS experience, but apps and tweaks like biteSMS or SMSPlus fail to meet your needs? If so, perhaps it’s time to go beyond SMS.

Indeed, BeyondSMS is a jailbreak tweak for the iPhone that integrates tightly with the stock SMS app, providing things like hidden message capability and live camera wallpaper. Take a look inside for a full video synopsis… Read More


New in iOS 5: Emoji

By iDB Staff on Jun 8, 2011

No more workarounds needed to enjoy Emoji icons on your iPhone with iOS 5. This feature is now completely integrated in Apple’s latest OS and can be activated in just a few simple steps.

To activate Emoji in iOS 5, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji. Once turned on, you can easily switch between your primary keyboard and the Emoji keyboard by hitting the “globe” icon on your keyboard… Read More


Enable Unicode Symbols With Vmoji

By Guest Author on Feb 18, 2011

Here comes another tweak! Although this tweak has been available for jailbroken iPhones for quite some time now, I seemed to stumble upon it earlier this week and found it pretty cool!

With this tweak you’ll be able to use unicode symbols to spice up your social life. How does it work?  Simply hold down the 1-5 number keys and you will have access to universally viewable symbols that can be added to your text messages, tweets, and more.

The best part is, unlike emoji which are only viewable on some devices, the unicode symbols in Vmoji will display correctly on any mobile device or computer. The tweak is also free of charge, so that’s another thumbs up… Read More


Pretty Up Your iPhone Folders With Emoji and Symbols

By Sébastien Page on Jul 14, 2010

A few weeks ago we talked about how to add symbols on your iPhone. We also saw that it is now possible to add emoji icons to the keyboard. But do you know you can use these characters and emoji to name your iPhone folders?

To do so, simply edit the folders’ name like you normally do and copy the character of your choice, or set your keyboard to Emoji to add funny little icons.


How to Spice Up Your iPhone Keyboard With Symbols

By Sébastien Page on Jul 3, 2010

If having emoji icons on your iPhone keyboard is not enough, maybe you can follow this little trick that will easily allow you to add symbols to your text entries.

To do so, go to from your iPhone and follow the onscreen instructions. It will add a bookmark to your homescreen from which you will then be able to copy/paste various symbols.

There are 48 symbols right now but more will probably be added in the future.


How to Enable Emoji on iPhone iOS 4

By Sébastien Page on Jun 30, 2010

Emoji icons disappeared for a while with the release of iOS 4. But they’re back! This simple trick, compliments of Simon, will show you how to enable Emoji icons on your iPhone iOS 4.

Step 1: Download this free app from the App Store.

Step 2: Launch the app and tap “ok, let’s do this”.

Step 3: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.

Step 4: Reboot your iPhone.

You can now get emoji icons on your iPhone. To bring up the emoji keyboard, launch your and tap the little “globe” icon next to the space key.

If you send an email containing emoji icons, the person you send the email to must have emoji enabled too. For some reason, I wasn’t able to use emoji icons in the It worked great for notes though.

How is it working for you?