As emojis continue to gain ground on words as the primary method for human communication (what a time to be alive!), Apple is releasing a new set of characters that fill many of the gaps users had found.
An earlier update this summer addressed concerns surrounding gender and race in the emoji app. This new set of emojis is much more lighthearted. There are hundreds of new and redesigned characters as part of the iOS 10.2 update that Apple released for free.
One of the marquee food emoji included in the release is bacon, because bacon makes everything better, even boring text messages. I plan to start including the bacon emoji in every missive going forward in the same way that I always answer in the affirmative when a waiter asks, “would you like bacon with that?” For the more health-conscious foodie, there are now avocados, although you’ll have to wait a bit longer for avocado toast.
Apple added the long-awaited facepalm emoji so you can hit yourself in the head without actually hitting yourself in the head. There is also an official shrug, so you no longer have to go through the annoying process of typing in this: ¯_(ツ)_/¯.
From the animal kingdom, Apple included a gorilla, which means those Harambe jokes no one thinks are funny can now be emoji-fied. Joy.
In a statement Apple said, “With iOS 10.2, almost every emoji has been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail, so using emoji is more fun than ever.”