It feels like just yesterday we were all updating to iOS 10, but now that we have a handle on all the new features like animations in Message, it's now time to get ready for the next update. And this means even more ways to express ourselves because more emojis are coming soon. (Insert hands clapping emoji here!)
Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 10.2 on Tuesday, which includes full support for Unicode 9.0.
The Unicode Consortium approved 72 emojis back in June, with 22 of these being from the "Smileys and People" category, whereas 18 new ones are from "Food and Drink."
Among the anticipated ones includes the pregnant woman, the face palm, shrug emoji and bacon.
Along with iOS users finally being able to send awesome new emojis like the face palm and shurg, their keyboards will also include characters to represent taking a selfie, fingers crossed, a green sick face, big nose lying face and a clown face. Also joining the lineup is a drooling face, sneezing face, handshake, and face with a cowboy hat.
There will also be the addition of a whisky glass and food items like salad, a croissant, avocado, pancakes and bacon strips.
New animals include a butterfly, fox, frog, shrimp, bat and gorilla, as well as deer, eagle, owl, shark and squid. (Yes, finally a shark!)
Along with many new characters, iOS 10.2 brings with it the redesign of other emojis like the Earth, moon and sun to have a more 3D look.
Look at the way the light lands accurately on the rocky surface of the moon - a nice "freebie" if you're working in 3D. That's really cool. pic.twitter.com/fyaXAwBy7f
— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) October 31, 2016
People and profession-related emojis continue to also get more diverse. Users can already choose from various skin tones and iOS 10 brought with it female versions of certain emojis like a runner. However, iOS 10.2 will add even more diverse professions—16 in total— such as male and female versions of an astronaut, teacher, coder, farmer, scientists, chef, artist judge, pilot and singer.
These new emojis join other changes that came with iOS 10 such as the new water gun emoji, unicorn, middle finger and rainbow flag.
Apple's iOS 10.2 is in beta, so expect these new emojis to be released to the public in the near future.