The major update of iOS 12.1, finally adds ginger emoji, making the iPhone’s face icons much more inclusive.
The red-headed characters were announced earlier this year. As part of a batch of 70 new emoji unveiled by Apple to celebrate World Emoji Day.
A change that’s been some time in the making having been first announced on World Emoji Day back in July. The new addition has been welcomed by plenty of ginger folk online.
Jeremy Burge, the creator of World Emoji Day, said he expects the new ginger emoji to draw the most attention from users.
‘As always, some of the most vocal requests for new emoji are about representation, and this update delivers some of the most common requests,’ he told CNN.
‘In particular, the redheads and curly-haired options are likely to be popular.’
Emoji are designed and coded by the non-profit organization the Unicode Consortium. Which has already produced more than 2,500 of the digital cartoons.
You’ll get several new emoji with this update as well:
Grey-haired, bald and curly-haired characters are joined by several new animals including a lobster, kangaroo, parrot, and peacock.
Other highlights include new smileys, with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts all featured in the latest update.
Healthy eaters will be pleased to see a selection of new fruit and vegetables made available in the latest update.
Apple has also added a number of sweeter items, such as a cupcake and moon cake – a traditional Chinese dessert.
While Apple said it is introducing 70 new emoji, the total number should come closer to 150 including all the available options for gender and skin tones.
What else is new in iOS 12.1?
As well as 70 new emoji, iOS 12.1 brings:
Group FaceTime – and improved FaceTime capabilities. All FaceTime conversations, both one-to-one and multi-person, are now encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants.
Depth Control in Camera –Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview in addition to post-capture, enabling more control to create portraits with a beautiful background blur.
Dual SIM – With iOS 12.1, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR gain Dual SIM support, featuring a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. Users can now activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.
What’s your favorite emoji? And which new emoji would you like to add? Let us know in the comments!