New Food Emojis Are Here, Including Bok Choy and Mangoes
Here's a preview of a few of the 70 new emojis that are now available on iPhones.
The buffet of delicious foods already available in the iPhone emoji library is impressive (and diverse): We’ve got dumplings, kebabs, tacos, paella, and a baguette, but nonetheless it always feels as though something is missing. Why don’t we have the perfect emoji to signify the lobster boil planned for the summer? And while we have a pie and a cake, there’s one more classic dessert that’s long been absent from the lineup. Well, Apple has at last promised to rectify that situation with a whole new set of 70 emojis, which has officially hit iPhones this week.
While the preview doesn’t reveal every single new emoji, it does give us just a little taste: In the food category, you’ll find a mango, a head of leafy greens, a vanilla frosted cupcake, a mooncake—a traditional Chinese dessert served during the Mid-Autumn Festival—and a lobster, which could be interpreted as an addition to the emoji zoo, but which I am choosing to include with the food. If we’re getting into specifics here, those greens are technically supposed to be bok choy but could pass for lettuce.
Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, told CNN that the most common emoji requests call for more representation, so you’ll also find redheaded, bald, and curly-haired emojis in the new release, too.
The Unicode Consortium—which manages the release of new emojis—first announced the upgrade back in February. Other food emojis will include a bagel with cream cheese, and a salt shaker.