Apple Just Announced New Food Emojis
Get ready for a full buffet of food options like cupcakes and heads of lettuce, plus updates to other characters.
Just in time for World Emoji Day, Apple announced it's dropping a new fleet of emoji characters — 70 to be exact. According to Apple, all of them will be available as part of a free software update later this year on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.
For those who have been known to slot pepperoni pizza or soft serve emojis into their texts now and then, this news has garnered a lot of excitement. And for good reason. According to Amy Reiter, "an emoji is not official unless it has been approved by the Unicode Consortium, which regulates the addition of emoji and their appearance to make sure they work on various devices." In other words, new emojis are not getting green-lit every day. She adds that "part of the difficulty in creating new emoji is that they have to be simple and clear and instantly iconic."
So which foods made the cut?
A vanilla cupcake topped with rainbow sprinkles? We'll take a dozen.
Head of Lettuce
Okay so a green-as-can-be head of lettuce probably isn't the first emoji we'll use in a text, but we're happy to have a new symbol to depict our need for leafy greens after an indulgent weekend.
Joining lemon, pear, banana and so many other fruits before it, this multi-toned mango is one sweet emoji we just can't wait to use.
Ever had a moon cake? You have some time to try this Chinese baked good before you use its emoji in your texts. It's traditionally eaten for good luck.
And So Many More...
In addition to food emojis, Apple says the new emoji designs in the Unicode 11.0 update will "include even more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people and new smiley faces that bring more expression to Messages with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts."
BRB as we text our friends about this... 👋👋