By Olivia Bahou
Updated Oct 06, 2017 @ 3:15 pm
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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.

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Personally, I’ll be adding the pie emoji to every fall Instagram caption moving forward.

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The new emojis will be available on iPhones and iPad this fall with iOS 11.1. We’ll be counting down the days.