Besides updating the color and texture, Apple added cream cheese.
One challenge for the bagel emoji may have been that it's tough to make any bagel look apetising without some kind of filling. While this update may not please those who prefer bagels with different contents, it does seem closer to what people want to consume.
Here's a look at how other companies have designed the bagel emoji.
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