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Apple is set to unveil a whole new set of emojis, as well as new options for existing emojis, with an iOS 14.5 update that's due in a few weeks.
So what will you be able to plaster across your messages? Well, the new emojis include a flaming heart, a mended heart, a gender-neutral person with a beard (both short and long hair options), as well as new skin tone variants for the 'kissing couple' and 'couple with heart' emojis.
The latest update will also see a couple of new looks for existing emojis, including a redesigned syringe, headphones, and climbing emojis which now feature a helmet (because SAFETY FIRST).
If you're wondering exactly how the syringe emoji was changed, Apple has removed the blood out of the current syringe emoji due to the ongoing Covid-19 vaccinations.
For the latest update, Apple worked closely with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf to make sure that each new emoji was correctly representative.
Much like the recent iPhone update, a future update will also allow iPad users to search the emoji library with a word or phrase, so you'll no longer have to flick through a plethora of little faces to find the emoji you need. Love that!
But if you're keen on sticking to the old school emojis, you'd better watch out what you use, according to Zoomers (aka Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and the late 2010s).
It seems they've decided that the laughing crying emoji is officially dead, with many taking to TikTok in recent days to declare that the popular emoji officially became uncool when older generations started using it.
"I stopped using it a while ago because I saw older people using it, like my mum, my older siblings and just older people in general," Walid Mohammed, 21, told CNN.
A recent blog post on Emojipedia seemed to confirm this, saying: "It's common wisdom on TikTok that the laughing crying emoji is for boomers. And by boomers, I mean anyone over the age of 35."
According to EmojiTracker.com, a website that tracks use of emojis on Twitter, the laughing crying emoji is currently the most-used emoji, followed by the red heart and the sobbing crying face.
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