Apple’s new emojis are about to change the texting game. On Friday, the tech giant announced a slew of new characters that will soon be added to our emoji keyboards, and there’s more than one reason to get excited.
The new emojis include gender-neutral characters that come in a range of skin tones, making their images even more inclusive. Also included in the update are new fashion items, including gloves, a trench coat, and a scarf; empowered female emojis, like a female rock climber and a woman breastfeeding; and additional characters like a Chinese takeout box, a dumpling, a person getting a massage, and even a mermaid. Yes, now you can live out all your mermaid dreams via iMessage.
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If you weren’t excited enough, the new set also includes a special “I love you” gesture designed after American Sign Language.
Personally, I’ll be adding the pie emoji to every fall Instagram caption moving forward.
The new emojis will be available on iPhones and iPad this fall with iOS 11.1. We’ll be counting down the days.