Apple is bringing a bunch of new emojis, which are part of the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji 13.1 version, with the release of iOS 14.5. The new emoji additions include more skin tone options for some of the most popular emojis, new smiley faces and hearts. Some changes are also made to already existing iOS emojis.
Emojis that have new skin tone options include the “Couples Kissing” and “Couples with Heart” ones. One very noticeable and unique change is that of the bearded emoji. In addition to the neutral “Person:Beard”, there is also a “Man:Beard” and “Woman:Beard” now.
The new smiley faces include the “Exhaling Face,” “Face with Spiral Eyes,” and “Face in Clouds.” In the Hearts category, there is “Heart on Fire” and “Mending Heart.”
Changes to existing emojis include a newly added helmet to the rock-climbing emoji, a generic syringe emoji in place of the one filled with blood, and AirPods Max instead of the regular headphones. Replacing headphones with AirPods Max is one of Apple’s attempts to add its own products into its emoji set, which is like free product placement, such as how the smartphone emoji looks quite like an iPhone.
The new Apple emoji set will be part of iOS 14.5 beta.