If you are struggling to find the right image to express yourself on your iPhone, help is now at hand as Apple has launched more than 30 new emojis to convey your message.
The technology giant has added 31 fresh emojis, including a plain pink heart, a pea pod and a donkey, to its collection.
This latest set of icons came with the iOS update 16.4, which was released on Monday 27 March.
Here’s what is now on offer on the emoji front, what other new features are available and how to get them.
Which new emojis now available?
According to emojipedia, all 31 designs being introduced were drawn from Unicode’s September 2022 recommendation list Emoji 15.0.
They include a selection of left and right upturned hands, which can represent a pushing or a “stop” gesture, or be placed alongside one another to create a new “high five” emoji.
New animals include a moose, a goose and a donkey.
A shaking face has been added to express tremors from external forces such as earthquakes or loud noises or internal emotion such as shock, disbelief, or excitement.
And three new hearts – pink, pale blue and grey – have joined the collection.
The complete list of new emojis is:
- Shaking Face
- Pink Heart
- Light Blue Heart
- Grey Heart
- Pea Pod
- Folding Hand Fan
- Hair Pick
- Rightward Pushing Hand
- Leftward Pushing Hand
- Rightward Pushing Hand: Light Skin Tone
- Rightward Pushing Hand: Medium-Light Skin Tone
- Rightward Pushing Hand: Medium Skin Tone
- Rightward Pushing Hand: Medium-Dark Skin Tone
- Rightward Pushing Hand: Dark Skin Tone
- Leftward Pushing Hand: Light Skin Tone
- Leftward Pushing Hand: Medium-Light Skin Tone
- Leftward Pushing Hand: Medium Skin Tone
- Leftward Pushing Hand: Medium-Dark Skin Tone
- Leftward Pushing Hand: Dark Skin Tone
Which other new features come with the update?
The new software not only brings a host of new emojis to brighten up messaging but also offers improvements to phone calls and push notifications from web apps.
With iOS 16.4 comes voice isolation for mobile calls, helping to reduce ambient noise during calls.
This feature was already available on apps like WhatsApp or FaceTime but with iOS 16.4, it can be accessed by swiping down the top-right of the screen to find the control centre, tapping mic mode and then voice isolation.
Apple has confirmed the voice isolation is compatible with every iPhone model released alongside or after the iPhone SE (2020).
Notifications have also been changed, allowing them to be sent to users when the user has pinned a web app to their home screen.
The notifications also have a new design, will roll in from the bottom of the lock screen and can be seen in an expanded list, a stacked view or a hidden view.
Other tweaks to the system include voiceover support for maps in the weather app, keyboard changes to support indigenous languages such as Chickasaw and Choctaw and an accessibility setting to automatically dim video when flashes of light or strobe effects are detected.
How to get the new update
The new iOS update 16.4 is available for iPhone 8 or any newer version.
To access the update, open the settings app on your device, select general and then software update.
Choose to download and then install.