The draft list for the next round of New Emojis was announced today, two days ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17th. The draft includes a melting smiley face, a low battery, a disco ball, and several new hand shapes like heart hands and index finger pointing at the viewer for courting your sweeties or taunting your enemies.
The release of the New Emojis was delayed this year because of the pandemic, and proposal submissions were on pause until April. This list won’t be finalized by the Unicode Consortium until September, but in general, most candidates shown in the draft make it through. The final versions will be launched to different devices and platforms starting in late 2021 through 2022.
The New Emojis show a continued expansion of race and gender inclusivity. The current lineup has customizable skin tones for the handshake emoji, a person with a crown to hang out with the existing prince and princess emoji, and a pregnant man and pregnant person join the pregnant woman.With Unicode 14.0 still being in draft status and not officially voted on yet, we are not aware how they all might look or if they will all be approved. However, emoji expert and Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge drew up detailed renderings of what we might see when they land on iPhone and other devices starting later this year.
New Emojis faces on the draft list include melting face, face with open eyes and hand over mouth, face with peeking eye, saluting face, dotted line face, face holding back tears, and face with the diagonal mouth. The Unicode Consortium is slated to vote on the 14.0 list in September. Apple is usually quick to bring newly approved emoji to iOS. This fall we could see these new additions come to iPhone with an iOS 15.1 update or similar.