Popular additions coming soon to iOS include redheads, a mango, kangaroo and lobster. Billing the update as over 70 new emojis, the total number should total closer to 150 additions when gender and skin tones are taken into account.
The designs are approved by the Emoji Subcommittee of the Unicode Consortium, on which Burge sits, but that’s just a standards body—it’s up to the designers of individual platforms to deliver. Burge spoke to Apple VP of User Interface Design Alan Dye about the process:
“I wish I could say that there was a math behind all that but there really isn’t. We’re looking for what is the most iconic, the most usable the most timeless representation of that emoji that we’re designing.”