There isn’t much we ask for around here, but one of those things is new emojis. Thankfully, the Unicode Consortium heard our cries and blessed us with over 118 new emojis approved in 2023. However, this doesn’t mean they’re usable right now. In February, as part of its iOS 16.4 update, Apple added 21 emojis that were approved in 2022.
What this means is, of the hundreds of new emojis approved by Unicode for version 15.1, don’t expect to see them on your Apple devices until 2024. That doesn’t mean you can’t get excited. In fact, several of the emojis on this list have been progressively released on Google platforms and Android devices since their approval in September. These emojis range from a suite of new directional-style people to brand new ones like a phoenix firebird and a lime.
Below, you’ll see every new emoji we got in 2023 to get excited about when they finally arrive on a future iOS 17 update.