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iOS 18 New Emoji: Characters to sum up bleakness of modern life

A new version of iOS usually brings new emoji as Apple integrates the characters approved by the Unicode Consortium, which is a sort of governing body of the emoji world.

iOS 18 will be no different, although there seems to be a lot fewer than we’re used to within the initial wave of characters for 2024.

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There are just seven emoji are set to be added to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and, for the first time, visionOS. However, the integration mightn’t be until a later version of the software such as iOS 18.4, if recent precedent is followed

Some of them are, as it turns out, quite bleak. They new candidates are as follows:

  • Sleepy face
  • Leafless tree
  • Shovel
  • Splatter
  • Fingerprint
  • Root vegetable (mmmm turnips!)
  • Harp

Ok, the latter three are ok, but the first four could be considered to have a grim theme uniting them. You can see them in the main image but, as @TechLiandr on X points out, they’ll be redrawn by Apple in its own style.

Earlier this year, in iOS 17.4 Apple added brand new six emoji to the keyboard, including: Head Shaking Horizontally, Head Shaking Vertically, Phoenix Bird, Lime, Brown Mushroom and Broken Chain. The rest were variations of existing emoji with diversity and direction considerations.

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