LOOK: Apple previews new emojis for World Emoji Day, headscarf emoji added after Saudi girl’s proposal | Inquirer Technology

LOOK: Apple previews new emojis for World Emoji Day, headscarf emoji added after Saudi girl’s proposal

/ 05:44 PM July 18, 2017

Sometimes, emojis capture your feelings in the way words can’t.

Apple knows this too well, so for World Emoji Day, the company previewed new cartoon figures to give wider representation and options for users in their daily conversations.


If you’ve ever felt like the numerous current emojis still missed the mark on your exact emotion, new ones such as a starstruck and mind-blown emojis are coming soon:

Image: Apple

More representation in culture and everyday life have also been included, such as a woman in a headscarf, a bearded man, a person meditating and a breastfeeding woman:


Image: Apple

Characters such as a T-rex, an elf and a zombie are some of the newest additions to make texting more fun:

Image: Apple

The headscarf emoji is particularly significant as 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi from Saudi Arabi pointed out in 2016 that there was none—despite a man in a turban emoji already existing.

She sent a proposal to Unicode, with the backing of Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian (also known as tennis star Serena Williams’ fiancé).

Evidently, her proposal was approved, and users can soon access the headscarf emoji, along with others, later this year. The potential emojis were previously featured by Emojipedia in March 2017, but mentioned that these were subject to change.  Niña V. Guno/JB



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TOPICS: Apple, Emoji, emojis, Rayouf Alhumedhi, World Emoji Day
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