World Emoji Day is recognised on 17 July, and Apple is celebrating it in true style by promising 59 new emojis before the year is out.
“Fifty-nine new emoji designs will be available this spring with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch,” said the tech giant.
The latest designs aim to “bring even more diversity to the keyboard”, and also feature new additions to food, animals, activities and smiley faces.
There are already emojis that celebrate same-sex couples – but the new emojis are even more inclusive, featuring couples of all backgrounds.
“In a major update to the Holding Hands emoji typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations,” said Apple.
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The tech giant is also giving greater recognition to people with disabilities, with new emojis including a man with a walking stick, a guide dog, a robotic arm, and a woman in a wheelchair.
There will also soon be a total of two ear emojis to choose from after Apple introduces an ear emoji with a hearing aid attached.
Need to yawn? Soon you’ll be able to express that in emoji form.
We’ll also be seeing new sloth, flamingo, skunk, orangutan emojis among the growing list of animal emojis, as well as new items of clothing in the form of a one-piece swimsuit, a hi-vis vest and a sari.
And those whose favourite recreational activities include playing the banjo, parachuting, flying a kite or flicking around a yoyo are in luck.
If you’ve ever longed to see a waffle, a plate of falafels, a clove of garlic or a block of butter in emoji form, the wait won’t be long.
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