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iOS 17.4 adds new emojis for iPhone – these are my two favorites

Published Jan 25th, 2024 3:19PM EST
iOS 17.4 new emojis
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Alongside the drastic changes coming to the EU with iOS 17.4, Apple is also adding new emojis for iPhone users. Once iOS 17.4 is available to everyone in March, you’ll be able to use new emojis.

As revealed last year, Emojipedia announced 108 new emojis, including skin tone modifiers and gender variants. The new emojis include a lime, shaking heads, a phoenix, and four new gender-neutral family emojis intended to be represented via silhouettes.

Interestingly, some of the new additions differ from what Emojipedia envisioned. At the time, the company said it depended on each vendor as to whether or not to follow the design directive the company was giving. “These new direction-specifying emojis are all versions of pre-existing people emojis, but with the addition of explicitly stated directionality,” said the site last year.

Upcoming iOS 17 emojis
The original draft for the new emojis coming with iOS 17.4 Image source: Emojipedia

Although Apple has been adding fewer emojis with each new release, I’m sure you’ll love to use the head shaking vertically and horizontally, as these are the cutest additions.

Like in iOS 17.4, Apple added over 20 new emojis for users in iOS 16.4. Besides this change, the company is expanding the “Siri” call to more languages, previously only available in English.

In addition, Apple is making important changes in how users and developers can take advantage of iOS in the European Union. Starting in March, there will be major changes to the App Store, including developer fees, third-party payment options, and sideloading apps.

BGR will keep reporting on the latest iOS 17.4 news as soon as we learn more about them. Below, you can find the most crucial changes for European users coming with this operating system update.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.