Apple emoji update 2017: Fans react to the first previews - NME.com
In light of World Emoji Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that several new emojis will be released later this year.
The emoji update will be available on all iOS, MacOS and WatchOS devices, and include a range of new smiley faces, people, animals and food.
Cook made the announcement on Twitter, with a gif preview of some of the new emojis to be released.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 17, 2017
The new pack includes more conventional images such as a woman wearing a headscarf, a yogi, a coconut and a sandwich, as well as mythical creatures including an elf and zombie.
The official Twitter page for The Walking Dead has expressed enthusiasm for the update, commenting: “#Apple is adding this zombie emoji to iOS11! Best #WorldEmojiDay ever”
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) July 17, 2017
The elf bears a strong resemblance to the Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen, as pointed out by one Twitter user:
IS THAT A DAENERYS EMOJI https://t.co/lLbjwQj8lg
— pawhyuck🍒💣 | 📌👈 (@cherieb0m) July 17, 2017
Reactions to the preview have generally been positive, although some have expressed distaste at the ‘Exploding Head’ emoji.
— James Peckham (@JamesRWP) July 17, 2017
Genie and T-Rex are great, not here for the disturbingly graphic head explosion on the emoji https://t.co/LAK3UOrNJK
— Trevor J. Mitchell (@TJM613) July 17, 2017
In addition, many with red hair have complained that despite great efforts to have a ‘Ginger Emoji’ introduced, the preview doesn’t seem to indicate that the update will feature a red head figure.
Apple keeps on releasing new emojis and yet there STILL ISN'T A GODDAMN GINGER EMOJI
— the ginger 🔥 (@Just_Kasey027) July 17, 2017
All I want is one ginger emoji. Is that too much to ask??? #worldemojiday2017
— megan (@criss_megan) July 17, 2017
WHERE IS THE GINGER EMOJI #WorldEmojiDay
— Lucinda Lant (@LucindaLant) July 17, 2017
World Emoji Day is organised by Emojipedia and held on July 17th, in honour of the date displayed on the calendar icon in iOS and Android.