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iOS 15.4 adds 37 new emojis to your iPhone – here’s every single one

Published Mar 9th, 2022 2:56PM EST
Apple iOS 15 iPhone update
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Apple held its first big event of 2022 on Tuesday to reveal the new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and Mac Studio. The company also confirmed that the final version of iOS 15.4 will roll out next week. The first iOS 15.4 beta debuted in late January, bringing a number of significant new features to iPhone. We’ll cover those features later, but emoji fans will be thrilled to know that iOS 15.4 also includes 37 new emoji characters and a few updated emojis.

iOS 15.4 introduces 37 new emojis

As Emojipedia noted in January, these emojis first appeared in Unicode’s recommendations from September 2021. Every year, Unicode recommends new characters for release. Apple, Google, and others then pull from that list and add to their own libraries. This cycle, Apple has plucked 37 new emojis from the Emoji 14.0 collection.

Apple is adding 37 new emojis in iOS 15.4.
Apple is adding 37 new emojis in iOS 15.4. Image source: Emojipedia

Here’s the full list of new emojis that will be available on iPhone and iPad next week:

  1. Melting Face
  2. Face with Open Eyes and Hand Over Mouth
  3. Face with Peeking Eye
  4. Saluting Face
  5. Dotted Line Face
  6. Face with Diagonal Mouth
  7. Face Holding Back Tears
  8. Rightwards Hand
  9. Leftwards Hand
  10. Palm Down Hand
  11. Palm Up Hand
  12. Hand with Index Finger and Thumb Crossed
  13. Index Pointing at the Viewer
  14. Heart Hands
  15. Biting Lip
  16. Person with Crown
  17. Pregnant Man
  18. Pregnant Person
  19. Troll
  20. Coral
  21. Lotus
  22. Empty Nest
  23. Nest with Eggs
  24. Beans
  25. Pouring Liquid
  26. Jar
  27. Playground Slide
  28. Wheel
  29. Ring Buoy
  30. Hamsa
  31. Mirror Ball
  32. Low Battery
  33. Crutch
  34. X-Ray
  35. Bubbles
  36. Identification Card
  37. Heavy Equals Sign

In addition to the new emojis, Apple is also adding 25 new versions of the handshake emoji with different skin tone combinations. Previously, Apple only offered five options, and their skin tones always matched. Now iPhone users will be able to mix and match.

New handshake emojis coming in iOS 15.4.
New handshake emojis coming in iOS 15.4. Image source: Emojipedia

When is the iOS 15.4 release date?

Apple did not reveal a specific release date for iOS 15.4 at its Peek Performance event. The company simply said that iOS 15.4 would be available next week. That said, we can take an educated guess about when everyone should actually be able to download it.

Virtually every iOS 15.4 beta rolled out on a Tuesday at right around 1 PM ET. Every once in a while, a beta will drop slightly later in the day or later in the week. In fact, Apple released iOS 15.3 on Wednesday, January 26th at around 1 PM.

Prior to that, Apple pushed out iOS 15.2 on a Monday. In other words, iOS 15.4 will launch whenever Apple is ready to launch it. But we’ll probably be able to download it at some point between Monday and Wednesday.

What other features are in the iOS 15.4 update?

Of course, a new batch of emojis isn’t the only highlight of iOS 15.4. The update will allow iPhone owners to unlock their phones with Face ID while wearing a mask. It also introduces the new Tap to Pay feature for merchants, anti-stalking notifications for AirTag and other Find My devices, and a fifth Siri voice for English speakers.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.