Emojis displayed on Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch use the Apple Color Emoji font to show their characters. The Apple Color Emoji is a color typeface made specifically by Apple, used on Apple platforms. Apple released the first version of the Apple Emoji font alongside iPhone OS 2.2 in November 2008. It contained 471 individual emoji glyphs.
A lot has happened to the world of Apple emojis since then. Thousands of emojis are now available on macOS, watch OS and iOs. Included in the list are emotive smiley faces, animals, mythical creatures, and gender-neutral characters. Apple’s most recent innovation happened just this year when the Apple online store gave its customers the option to engrave their AirPods with emojis instead of text.
History Of Apple Emojis
Emojis became popular in America when Apple made its operating systems compatible with its products-beginning with iOs, then followed by Mac OS X 10.7. When emojis came out, they were first designed for the Japanese market. This explained why the goal of Apple, when it began producing emojis, was to make its designs similar and compatible with the Softbank emoji set from Japan.
Softbank is a Japanese mobile phone company. The emoji designs of Softbank heavily influenced Apple’s first emoji fonts because the iPhone was available only to SoftBank when it was first released. In 2018, in keeping with Apple’s thrust to celebrate diversity in all its many forms, the multinational technology company proposed to the Unicode Consortium to introduce more disability-themed emoji.
The Consortium approved the proposal, and in the Fall of 2019, together with the release of the iOS 12.1 software update, the public got hold of 70 new Apple emojis. Among the new emoji designs were illustrations of a new guide dog, an emoji of an ear with a hearing aid, and emojis of wheelchairs and prosthetic arms and legs. Through all the many changes, one thing in the realm of Apple emojis remains, all their designs have a glossy tinge, deep, saturated colors, and gradual transitions of color.