Apple adds hundreds of new emoji

This week, Apple unveiled hundreds of brand-new emoji with its iOS 10.2 software update. From an emphasis on greater diversity to actions like a shrug or an exasperated face palm, the new offerings give users the opportunity to express themselves even more freely. 

It’s part of an ongoing effort by Apple to offer more creative messaging options.

iOS 10 was a massive release for Messages, introducing predictions that present the perfect emoji as you type, a Tap to Replace feature that lets you ‘emojify’ any message and emoji that appear three times larger within a message when sent on their own,” the company said in a press release. “Now with iOS 10.2, almost every emoji has been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail, so using emoji is more fun than ever.” 

The new options include an array of exotic animals and more images of popular foods and sports. There are also new emoji representing a wider array of professions, including scientist, teacher, pilot and firefighter, “to better reflect people everywhere,” Apple said.

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New Apple emoji

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Beyond the iPhone and iPad’s Messages app, the new emoji are also available for Apple Watch and Mac users with the new watchOS 3.1.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 updates.

If you ever wanted to send a gorilla emoji that looks suspiciously like Harambe, or show that you’re keeping your fingers crossed for good luck in a text — now you can. 

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