iOS 8: No Support For New Emoji
Disappointing news for those hoping that the iPhone 6 will introduce widespread support for new emoji.
iOS 8, being launched on September 17, will not contain support for the new emoji characters introduced as part of Unicode 7.0 this year.
The iPhone 6 showing a lack of Unicode 7 support
After Unicode finalised the new standard earlier this year, there was speculation that Apple would wait until the launch of their next major iOS revision to include support for these new characters.
With iOS 8 due for release in one week from today, it is clear that this support has not come to pass.
OS X and Windows do support Unicode 7, but require installation of a font that includes the new characters. To date, only a single font — Symbola — has all the new emoji, and only in black and white.
OS X Yosemite displaying new emoji, with the Symbola font installed
In usual Apple style, no comment has been made on their support in future iOS versions.
Apple Watch Emoji: Is This What We Want?
We have only had the slightest glimpse at Apple’s new animated emoji characters that are to be included in the new Apple Watch.
Let’s hope Apple uses their remaining time until launch to make this guy a bit more friendly, and a bit less amateur and creepy. The 90s called, and they want this guy back!
Animated Emoji: Is There a Standard?
In the Apple Special Event today, Apple made mention of animated emoji multiple times, but did not elaborate on this.
Fingers crossed emoji on Apple Watch
There is no current industry standard for animated emoji as part of unicode. We’ll be researching what is behind animated emoji, and whether it is coming to other iOS or non-Apple devices.