Above: New emojis coming to iOS later this year.
Above: Woman Elf and Man Zombie characters from a future iOS release.
Skin tone and gender options are listed by Unicode for the Elf,1 and presumed to be coming when Apple releases this update to the public.
Some of the most popular additions in any emoji release are the smileys. These tend to be the most used, and this year is unlikely to be an exception.
Above: Four new emojis coming this year to iOS.
Above: Apple's new Sandwich emoji appears to include cheese, ham (?), tomato and lettuce.
World Emoji Day
The origin of this date is that iCal for Mac was first announced on July 17; and thus the date has been used in many Apple calendar icons since, including iCal, the original Calendar app for iOS, and the calendar emoji.
While World Emoji Day is about more than this one emoji, we do have the pay respect to the origin of why this date was chosen!
All new emojis previewed today are part of Unicode's 2017 list; Emoji 5.0.
Users can expect to find these on their emoji keyboards by the end of 2017.
Which emoji are you looking forward to the most? Voting is now open for Most Anticipated Emoji in the World Emoji Awards.
Just genders for the zombie, no different skin tones. ↩