By Giacomo Martiradonna Thursday 9 April 2020
The new Emojis that should have debuted with iOS 15 have been postponed due to the Coronavirus. It will be discussed again in 6 months.
The Unicode Consortium has announced the postponement of the launch of the new Unicode Standard 14 due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the world. This means, nothing new on the smiley face for 2021.
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The news was given with a sad press release, which reads:
"In the midst of the circumstances we find ourselves in, we felt that our contributors are too pressured at the moment and have decided that it was in the interest of volunteers and organizations to postpone the release date," said Mark Davis, president of the Consortium. "This year we simply cannot meet deadlines as in the past."
This decision will have no immediate effect on the Unicode 13 update announced in recent months, and still arriving with iOS 14. The one that includes the "Italian" hand that does "emb?", The smiley face with tears, the ninja, the spouses, breastfeeding, the seal, the polar bear, the black cat, the mammoth, the t boba, the gravestone, the fly and even the world champion. But it will certainly cause problems the following year.
This is why we are thinking about the hypothesis of publishing multiple minor releases over time, instead of a single giant update after many months / years; this approach would allow next year's operating systems to arrive with some news. The risk, in fact, that iOS 15 and Android find themselves with the same previous year's emoji set.
In practice, if everything goes as it seems, after iOS 14 in the autumn we will not see any new Emoji until late 2022.