Unicode 8.0 Brings 7,716 New Characters Including 36 New Emoji and 5 Skin Modifiers

Unicode 8.0 Brings 7,716 New Characters Including 36 New Emoji and 5 Skin Modifiers

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The Unicode Consortium has released The Unicode Standard 8.0 which brings 36 new emojis, 5 skin modifiers, 5,771 new ideographs for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, the new Georgian lari currency symbol, and 86 lowercase Cherokee syllables.

The standard also adds letters to existing scripts to support Arwi (the Tamil language written in the Arabic script), the Ik language in Uganda, Kulango in the Côte d’Ivoire, and other languages of Africa. In total, this version adds 7,716 new characters and six new scripts.

The new emoji which could make their way to iOS, include:

Bottle With Popping Cork, Burrito, Cheese Wedge, Hot Dog, Popcorn, Taco, Turkey, Unicorn Face, Badminton Racquet, Cricket Bat And Ball, Field Hockey Stick And Ball, Ice Hockey Stick And Puck, Table Tennis Paddle And Ball, Volleyball, Upside-Down Face, Face With Rolling Eyes, Zipper-Mouth Face, Money-Mouth Face, Face With Thermometer, Nerd Face, Thinking Face, Face With Head-Bandage, Robot Face, Hugging Face, Sign Of The Horns, Amphora, Crab, Bow And Arrow, Lion Face, Scorpion, Prayer Beads, Kaaba, Mosque, Synagogue, Menorah With Nine Branches and Place Of Worship.

While Apple has already implemented the skin tone modifiers it has yet to fully implement Unicode 7, so it may be some time before these symbols get added.

Below you can see some of the new emoji, Apple would need to create their own design for each of the emoji listed above.

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Unicode 8.0 Brings 7,716 New Characters Including 36 New Emoji and 5 Skin Modifiers
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