iOS 12.1 isn’t even out yet—that update will bring support for this year’s batch of new emoji—and already the Unicode consortium is hard at work on next year’s batch. Jeremy Burge at Emojipedia has the details, of course.
Previously-announced candidates such as a white heart and flamingo remain as draft candidates in the Emoji 12.0 beta, as do accessibility-related emojis proposed by Apple in early 2018 including people in wheelchairs, a service dog, a mechanical arm and leg, and more.
Skin tone support for emojis such as the handshake and wrestlers have been added in this release, which are already supported by a number of vendors including Google and Facebook.
It’s fascinating to see this method of communication evolve.