Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

IPhones may get reversible emoji in 2018

IPhones may get reversible emoji in 2018

Newly proposed guidelines under consideration by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit group that maintains Unicode as the global standard for symbols across software platforms, could soon radically change the way we use emojis.

The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are in the pipeline for 2018.

This most recent list is the latest iteration of an ongoing discussion on what should be included in the upcoming update.

Since the beginning of this year, there's been a lot of buzz around what kind of new emoji Unicode 11.0 would bring.


Earlier possibilities like frowning pile of poo and grinning face with letters "OK" as eyes have (thankfully) been dumped. For instance, you could change the direction of that runner emoji to face left or right depending on your preference. However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms.

According to the statement above, it seems as if not every emoji will be flippable. That being said we still need to wait until January when the final list will be announced.

Emoji are a big part of today's conversations and they're constantly evolving, improving, and expanding. Google finally fixed the burger emoji.

The list-which Unicode made very clear "is not final"-features 130 possible new faces, people, body parts, clothes, animals, foods, household items ... and a pirate flag". Apple and other companies would be able to pick and choose which emoji will be customizable. In fact even if unicode adopts the proposal, vendors like Apple would end up making the ultimate decision of which emojis will get to face both ways, and an update allowing that feature wouldn't come until iOS 12, which should debut sometime next fall.

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