IPhones may get reversible emoji in 2018

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The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are in the pipeline for 2018. These draft candidates include redheads, cupcakes, and mangoes. For those who are not sure what this would entail, reversible emoji means that users would be able to choose which way an emoji is facing.

The excitement is palpable with the Unicode Consortium announcing their latest list of emoji in the Emoji 11 (formerly Emoji 6.0) beta list overnight. The final list will be confirmed in the first quarter of next year, with a decision in January and an announcement in March.

The Emoji 11.0 has been a work in progress for the entire 2017 and this also included an update to the TR-51, the official emoji documentation.

Ginger men and women are in the shortlist for the next big emoji release next year, as are curly-haired characters to better represent diversity. It seems "red hair", "white hair", and "curly hair" have all survived up until now and will proceed to the final round.

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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".

It also may mean we lose some emoji too. A new section now outlines a ZWJ mechanism which will let the vendor switch directions of any emoji.

"Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference", Unicode says.

And you think to yourself, "Look at how talented these enterprising young rodents are", and "I would like to celebrate this opus by recreating it using emoji", like so:. While this is unfortunate for users who want to text a picture of a dismayed pile of poop, it's nice to know that the list is being continually updated to best reflect a combination of efficiency and the needs of their audience.

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