This month we will see Unicode 9.0 being released on June 21. The timing is right if Apple wanted to include these 72 new characters in developer previews of iOS 10.0. If new emojis are not included in the developer preview of iOS 10 at WWDC next week, two likely scenarios include:
Support for new emojis added in a later developer preview of iOS 10.0
New emoji support is held until iOS 10.1, similarly to iOS 9.1
With emoji getting more attention in 2016 than ever before, it’s possible Apple will want to be on the front-foot with new emoji support right away in iOS 10.
Will iOS 10 integrate all these new images? (And just as importantly, will the iOS emoji keyboard get some improvements to make it easier to find the right emoji?) It’s another thing for us all to wait and see about on Monday…