157 New Emoji Coming to iOS Devices Later This Year


On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium revealed the finalized list of 157 emoji that will arrive as a part of the Unicode 11 standard.

The blog post by Emojipedia offers iOS users a glimpse at the new characters they will likely have access to later this year. The set of 157 emoji includes a variety of smiley faces, superhero and supervillain characters, animals, sports equipment, food and more.

New for 2018 are modifiers that allow vendors to give man and woman emoji various hairstyles, from curly-haired to red-haired to bald. As usual, you will also be able to apply a range of skin tones to all standard characters, including the new superheroes.

Lobster and microbe characters are among the more interesting animal emoji in Unicode 11, while useful food items include leafy greens, bagel and salt. The new standard will also offer support for mooncakes often seen at Mid-Autumn festival gatherings, and red good luck money envelopes.

The Unicode Consortium is bumping emoji version enumeration to match that of the current Unicode Standard, meaning the upcoming update will be called Emoji 11.0 instead of Emoji 6.0. The latest Unicode standard is at version 5.0, which debuted in 2017.

Unicode 11 is set for a June release, and iOS users can expect to see an implementation in iOS 12 in the Fall.


  • raslucas

    Finally, a foot emoji. About damn time.

  • Tony

    yaaaaaas foot!!!!

  • Olley

    oh wow these are just as useful as “what happened” and “fire and fury”…

  • My 1/2 cents

    What’s the point of these emojis if Android doesn’t have them? Are we texting ourselves?

  • eMojo

    This will be the primary tent pole feature of iOS 12, along with more Animojis.

  • Anaron

    No one has implemented it yet. There’s no doubt that Google will eventually add these to Android P.

  • Anaron

    Just as useful as your comment? It’s amusing that you felt the need to make such a comparison. If you don’t like emoji, then don’t use it. It’s as simple as that.

  • Anaron

    It’s great that they’re adding new ones. What’s not so great are the haters that feel the need to express their dislike of emoji every time there’s an update.

  • jabohn

    That’s one of my beefs, sending them to people and they complain because all they see is a square box (mostly Android users). Because of this I usually avoid the newer ones and stick to the oldies, which then means a ton of scrolling to find the ones I want. They need to make a way to update the emojis without having to install a whole system update.