Apple to add 70 new emoji including superheroes, a cupcake, and redheads to iOS 12

The tech giant previews new emoji ahead of World Emoji Day

Apple is to include dozens of new emoji in its iOS update later this year.

In celebration of World Emoji Day on Tuesday (July 17), Apple has shared the latest details about the new emoji including different hair colours, food items, and much more.

Emoji for red heads and bald people will be made available to users as well as new animals, such as a kangaroo, a parrot, and a lobster.

On the new food list is a mango, a cupcake, a moon cake, and a lettuce.

Apple said: “The new emoji designs, created based on approved characters in Unicode 11.0, 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.

“Many additional characters across sports, symbols, and more, will launch later this year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, nazar amulet, and infinity symbol.”

World Emoji Day is organised by Emojipedia and held annually on July 17, which is the date displayed on the calendar icon in iOS and Android.

iOS 12 is released this autumn. Apple has not confirmed exactly when the new emoji will be rolled out.