Some of the new Apple emoji featured in the latest update (images courtesy Apple)

There’s a reason why the calendar emoji reads July 17. Three words: World Emoji Day, oh, and that other reason too. Didn’t know about the holiday before? Well, Apple has given you a gift anyway, as they’ve previewed some of the 70 new emojis in celebration.

Now you know why your calendar emoji says July 17, it’s because that’s the day Apple rolled it out, and it’s World Emoji Day.

The company is part of the Unicode Consortium, which approves emoji worldwide, and the group has proven they have certainly not exhausted their creative vault yet, bringing us every emoji we never knew we needed. I thought we had it all — beret-wearing artists, fluorescent-haired mermaids, and multiple champagnes. Oh, how wrong I was.

Secretly, I’ve held onto the simple 🙁 for as long as I could — it lends a certain authenticity I felt hard to let go of — but long gone are my days of stick-figure-emoticons now that we have the world’s cutest sad face at our fingertips. Where has this been all my technological life?

I have long wished that my joy could be visualized through a flurry of hearts swirling around my face (hasn’t everyone?), but until we can adopt that technology in real time, my new favorite emoji will more than suffice:

This new batch of emojis likely has the coolest hairstyles thus far — from silver, to fiery-headed ginger, to fully bald. But when it comes to the curly-haired inductee, personally, I’m enthralled (see Portrait of the Writer as an Emoji, below).

One of the most exciting pieces of news around the office — Hyperallergic’s adoration for peacocks finally has a text-friendly visual. The excitement around here is palpable. We’ll be updating our Instagram the minute the update drops.

Joining the roster also includes a pair of masked superheroes, an ominously green chemical test tube, a softball, a Nazar amulet (which people use to ward off the evil eye), a Chinese mooncake, a multicolored parrot, a lobster, a mango, a head of lettuce, and an infinity symbol (because clearly, the emoji possibilities are endless).

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6 replies on “70 New Emoji Released on 🌎 Emoji Day”

  1. Not to be “that guy” but it’s a softball. There’s already a tennis ball emoji.

      1. Oh thank you. I was looking for the info whether the update was released today or later – their website says “later this year in a free software update”.

        1. I saw that too, but then I saw someone use one on Twitter (and I don’t think it was an image, but a “real” emoji) and I couldn’t figure out how they did that. Very strange.

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