Unicode 7.0 includes 250 new emoji icons that could come to future iOS update

Upwards of 250 new emojis were introduced as part of the latest Unicode Standard, version 7.0, which was announced today by the Unicode Consortium. The new characters are said to mostly be based on characters commonly found in the “Wingdings” and “Webdings” fonts.


Apple, Google and Microsoft are among the nine full members of the Unicode Consortium, meaning that Unicode 7.0 will likely be supported on future versions of iOS, Android and Windows Phone software. So if you have an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia Lumia or one of several other smartphones and tablets, you may soon be able to use emojis like a reverse middle finger, cloud with lightning and a studio microphone. Emojipedia has the full list of new emojis.

Many of the new emoji icons have been adapted from the Wingdings and Webdings fonts. The following are examples:
Unicode 7.0 adds a total of 2,834 new characters, including 23 new scripts and several new symbols. The standard extends support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries and Africa. The Unicode Consortium has published an official changelog for Unicode 7.0 that covers all of the important changes for the new standard. Further specification for Unicode 7.0 should be published in October.

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