Apple reveals fun new Emoji and Memoji updates, including a 'Bridgerton' one

The tech giant has released a batch of new inclusive emojis as part of the iOS 14.5 updates

Apple, A laptop screen with a heart emoji is seen in this photo illustration on October 15, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland
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Apple has revealed plans to release 217 new emojis with its upcoming iOS 14.5 update later this month.

The new operating system will enable users to pick from a wider selection of inclusive emojis to better express how they are feeling in text messages.

Forget sending your other half the love heart emoji as you will soon be able to pick from a flaming heart emoji - enabling fans awaiting Netflix news on Bridgerton season two to tell their loved ones over text that 'I burn for you' after actor Regé-Jean Page melted hearts everywhere with that one-liner.

Other new designs include a mended heart, a person with a beard (both short and long hair options), as well as new skin tone variants for the kissing couple emoji and couple with heart emojis.

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Emojipedia wrote in a recent blogpost, 'Most emojis these days provide an option for a gender-inclusive default, or a specific gender can be chosen to show an emoji as a woman or man. Consistent gender options are available for the bearded person in iOS 14.5, with choices for woman or man added in the latest beta.'

And Emojipedia lists all 217 new emoji for version 13.1 on its website, complete with how the variations will look on Android, Google's operating system, whilst tweeting some of the new icons on its Twitter to give users a taste of what's to come.

And fans can't get enough of the new styles. One fan wrote, 'Pretty crazy that apple is releasing these new emojis just for me.' Another suggested another update in the near future, it read, 'Still waiting for to make their dog/cat emojis change colors like the people emojis. #doit @Apple.'

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Plus some of the existing emojis have had a re-design to include extra safety features - the climbing emoji will now feature helmets to put across the safety-first message. And there will be an update to the syringe where the blood is removed and the headphones emoji now displays as AirPods Max.

Meanwhile, if you're a fan of the customizable Memojis, then you'll be happy to learn that they can now give virtual hugs, blush, and fist bump. And as part of the latest update, as all of us learned how to wear a face mask in 2020 it was also added to Memoji's accessory to reflect being in the middle of a world health pandemic.

Apple currently offers two face coverings options – a medical and a fabric face mask – that can be customized to feature any color of your liking.

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Further work is being carried out to make emojis more easily searchable on your phone or iPad to reduce the amount of time spent scrolling through all the tiny images, leaving more time for those important Zoom calls.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.