Inside the New Apple Update: Waffle Emojis and More


On October 28, 2019, Apple released its new 13.2 software update, compatible with iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod Touch 7th generation. The update includes augmented camera features (especially for iPhones 11 and 11 Pro) and better privacy options for Siri. But that’s not all: The update also includes a set of 168 brand new emojis, making a grand total of 3178 emojis now available to Apple users. For emoji black belts far and wide, it’s a dream come true.

The waffle, falafel, and yoyo emojis, alongside the adorable new otter emoji, have been met with praise and excitement. Other new additions include accessibility emojis (including wheelchair, hearing aid, service dog, and white cane emojis) and improved skin tone support for couples holding hands.

Perhaps more importantly, Apple has also included a new set of gender-neutral emojis in this update, signaling a big step toward the inclusivity that has been demanded by the Unicode Consortium (a nonprofit organization from California that advocates for emojis that can be enjoyed by all). For the first time ever, an Apple user can select “woman”, “man”, or “person” for almost any humanoid emoji. As Emojipedia remarks, “This means a gender-inclusive office worker, singer, vampire or merperson can now be sent, alongside the previous options available for women or men.”

Apple’s new update indeed signifies big changes for the world of emojis, but the next set of emojis is already in progress, with a final list of new additions scheduled for release in early 2020.