Amid pandemic, expressing someone’s concern about their health is an important trait to all citizens around the globe. And since almost everyone is under lockdown, the internet plays a major role in this trait. Luckily, Apple has revealed its newest 2020 emojis that has its slightest connection with the Coronavirus pandemic. But here’s something we can’t dismiss.
Its the World Emoji Day!
The World Emoji Day happened on Thursday, July 16. This means that the newest set of latest emojis were now announced for all iOS users, around the world.
Apple Insider reported about the new emoji characters expected to be launch this fall. In order to give credit to the recent pandemic going on in the world, Apple gives out the ‘ninja’ emoji as a substitute character for COVID-19-related chats.
“A Ninja emoji – approved prior to the global pandemic – isn’t exactly an alternative to a regular face-mask – but they are covered up,” said on the press release.
Unicode Consortium said that this alternative emoji is only temporary. They clarified that the action to make more COVID-19-related emojis are now on the way. But it may take a while.
For now, Emojipedia currently offers the ‘microbe’ or the ‘face with a face mask’ emojis. These are now widely-used worldwide since the start of the pandemic.
Aside from the ‘Ninja’ character, 117 other emojis were also included on the list, including these characters:
- Nesting Dolls
- Pinched Fingers
- Anatomical Heart
- Transgender Symbol
- Bubble Tea
Unique 2020 emojis
Emojis like the Italian ‘pinched fingers,’ ‘transgender symbol,’ and the ‘lungs’ characters are now trending online. The Italian symbol has been viral for quite some time now but here’s the first time that the symbol is formally announced.
Other trending emojis (that are not previewed yet) are Smiling Face with Tear, People Hugging, and Disguised Face are expected to be viewed on the next batch of emojis.
COVID-19 impact on new emojis
Three months ago, Unicode– the company that creates the iOS 14 emojis– had a slight mishap with the release of the 2020 emojis since the start of the pandemic.
“Due to COVID-19, the Unicode Consortium has decided to postpone the release of version 14.0 of the Unicode Standard by 6 months, from March to September of 2021. This delay will also impact related specifications and data, such as new emoji characters,” said on the press release.
Compared to the prior announcement of March 2021, the release of the new emojis will be scheduled for September that year.
“Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date,” said Mark Davis, President of the Unicode Consortium. “This year we simply can’t commit to the same schedule we’ve adhered to in the past.”
As said, you are not yet allowed to use the mentioned emojis until the given date. But maybe lets expect something else soon.