iOS 11.1 Emoji Changelog

iOS 11.1 Emoji Changelog

Apple today released iOS 11.1 featuring a total of 240 new emojis, as well as bunch of design changes to some old emoji favorites.

Additions in iOS 11.1 include Giraffe,ย Face Vomiting,ย Genie,ย Sauropod (dinosaur) and all the emojis approved in Emoji 5.0.

Above: Every new emoji in iOS 11.1 (skin tones not displayed). Image: Apple / Emojipedia composite.

Just in time for Halloween, new fantasy emojis include ๐ŸงŸ Zombie, ๐Ÿงž Genie, ๐Ÿง› Vampire and ๐Ÿงœ Merperson. Each of these have versions that display as women or men.


Other emojis available in iOS for the first time include ๐Ÿ›ท Sled, ๐Ÿง Face With Monocle, as well as gender-inclusive emojis for a ๐Ÿง’ Child, ๐Ÿง‘ Adult, and ๐Ÿง“ Older Adult.

New Emoji List

The final emoji list for 2017 โ€” Emoji 5.0ย โ€” was made available in March. Most emojis in Emoji 5.0 relied upon new code points which were released as part of Unicode 10.0 in June.

The most popular additions are always the smileys, of which nine new possibilities exist to enrich our online lives:


Included in the list is also the gesture for โ€œI love youโ€ in American Sign Language:


New foods added include ๐Ÿฅฅ Coconut, ๐Ÿฅฆ Brocolli, ๐Ÿฅจ Pretzel, ๐Ÿฅฉ Cut of Meat, ๐Ÿฅช Sandwich, ๐ŸฅŸ Dumpling, ๐Ÿฅซ Canned Food, ๐Ÿฅง Pie and more.

Above: New foods in iOS 11.1. Image: Apple / Emojipedia composite.

Merpeople are included and new to iOS. Shown here is the ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ Mermaid and ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™‚๏ธ Merman:


Here is the ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Vampire and ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Vampire:


๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Fairy and ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Fairy:


Both genies have long hair in iOS 11, but the ๐Ÿงžโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Genie also wears a top while the ๐Ÿงžโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Genie does not:


Rock climbing is covered with the introduction of a ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Climbing and ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Climbing emoji:


The long-awaited "Colbert emoji" is finally here. This might be one of the most cross-platform consistent emoji designs, with Apple's iOS version keeping the same eyebrow raised. The official character is aptly named ๐Ÿคจ Face With Raised Eyebrow.


Unicode added support for subdivision flags in early 2017, which allows a wider range of flags to be represented. Three are listed as RGI (Recommended for General Interchange) by Unicode, and these have been added in iOS 11.1: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ England, ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scotland, and ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Wales.


The ๐Ÿฅค Cup With Straw is now on iOS. This is an emoji which some platforms have implemented as a glass of water, and others (such as Apple) designed to look more like a take-away milkshake:


239 of the new emojis in iOS 11.1 come from Emoji 5.0 (69 distinct new images + gender + skin tone = 239). These are:

Additionally, one emoji dating back to Emoji 1.0 has finally been added. It's not going to generate much excitement, but alongside emojis for play, pause, forward and back โ–ถ๏ธโธโฏโนโบโญโฎโฉโช is the humble eject which has been added in this release โ๏ธ.

Eject has been supported by iOS in a regular black and white character all these years, but has never made its way into the Apple Color Emoji font used on iOS or the iOS emoji keyboard...until now.[1]

Skin Tones

All new "human-form" emojis support skin tones in iOS, except Zombie and Genie.[2] This means characters such as ๐Ÿง• Woman With Headscarf, ๐Ÿง” Bearded Person and ๐Ÿคฑ Breast-Feeding support the yellow "neutral" base color, and five additional skin tones:


Also worth noting is the gender-inclusive characters (intended to provide a middle-ground for those not wishing for an overly masculine or feminine characters) which can be used by anyone.

Above: Child, Adult and Older Adult characters could have a variety of uses. Image: Apple / Emojipedia composite.

Neither Unicode nor Apple are prescriptive about individual emojis are used,[3] so we may well see these in use by people who happen to feel they look more like them, regardless of gender identity.


๐Ÿฅƒ Tumbler Glass now looks more like some form of soda in a glass:


๐Ÿ’ Monkey has changed posture in a slightly suspect way:


๐Ÿคฝ Person Playing Water Polo fixes a longstanding issue that had water polo players wearing goggles (which are not generally worn in the sport):


๐Ÿณ Spouting Whale got the new 3D-rendered emoji style while retaining its personality:


๐ŸŒ Snail is experiencing something wild right now:


๐Ÿ Honeybee has been the buzz of the town recently and here it is with a more anatomically correct version:


๐Ÿ” Chicken has been completely redesigned, possibly with the Animoji 3D model in mind:


๐Ÿ Ram has been through two major revisions of late. Here's its latest version:


๐Ÿ™ Octopus nearly had a #peachbuttmoji moment[4] after going to a new image in the beta releases, and switching back to the iconic little blob in the final version:


Flags for ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland, ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vatican City and ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal are now closer to their intended ratios:


It should be noted that many flags have different aspect ratios, and Unicode suggests that vendors may wish to keep a consistent shape for all flags, which is what Apple has done until now.

Specifically, Unicode states:

โ€œThe flag for Qatar is over 150% wider than tall; for Switzerland it is square; for Nepal it is over 20% taller than wide. To avoid a ransom-note effect, implementations may want to use a fixed ratio across all flags, such as 150%, with a blank band on the top and bottom. (The average width for flags is between 150% and 165%.) Presentation as a โ€œwavingโ€ flag, or clipping to a circle, can help to present a uniform appearance, masking the aspect differences.โ€

No other flags have changed size in this update.

Others emojis had tweaks varying from almost indiscernable (weight, colors, shading) to more clear to see. View all emoji changes in iOS 11.1.


With the release of iPhone X this week, some might be wondering about Animoji right now.


Rest assured, despite the name, Animoji is a completely different feature for iMessage. The poo emoji won't be jumping around on the keyboard in iOS 11.1.


With this release, Apple has become fully conformant with Emoji 5.0, except for the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ณ United Nations which is supported on other platforms, but not iOS.


Additionally, while it is possible for vendors to support more gender-neutral characters, subdivision flags, or family combinations. None of these are listed as "RGI" by Unicode (meaning that they are purely optional) and none are supported by iOS in this release.

Lastly, I have to mention redheads here. Redhead representation in emoji has been the #1 item of feedback received by Emojipedia for the past two years now. Unicode has redheads drafted as candidates for 2018, so if all goes well they might be on iOS at around this time next year.[5]


One character has been removed from iOS 11.1: โš•๏ธ Medical Symbol aka Staff of Aesculapius.

This was briefly in the Apple Color Emoji font, but never made its way to the iOS emoji keyboard. The reason appears to be that this is the combining character used to create these two ZWJ Sequences in Emoji 4.0:

Above: Health Worker emojis are implemented using ZWJ Sequences.

Unicode recommends vendors use full qualified ZWJ sequences which is defined as:

โ€œAn emoji zwj sequence in which every default text presentation character (ED-7) is either followed by an emoji modifier or followed by an emoji presentation selector, and there are no other emoji or text presentation selectors in the sequence.โ€

Basically, every character within an Emoji ZWJ Sequence should be an emoji (either an emoji-only character, or a text character followed by an emoji presentation selector. Therefore, best practice to combine ๐Ÿ‘ฉ and โ™– for a woman playing chess would be to first also make that chess piece an emoji.

โš•๏ธ Medical Symbol was made an emoji so it could be used for the health workers ZWJs (pronounced "Zwidges"), but later given component status which means "this is legit to use in a ZWJ sequence, but don't show on the keyboard individually or give any emoji appearance".

And so with the creation of the Emoji_Component property and its application to the โš•๏ธ Medical Symbol character, Apple likely didn't feel compelled to keep this in the emoji font any longer.[6]


iOS 11.1 is out now for all iPhone and iPad users with a compatible device (roughly the past four years). These same emojis are also included in macOS 10.13.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 4.1.

As with any previous updates: be aware that sending new emojis to users of older or non-updated phones will result in them seeing an infuriating question-mark box.

Above: iPhone running iOS 11.1 showing new emojis. Photo: Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia.

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  1. I can finally close my radar. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  2. Debatable whether Genie in this shape is a "human". โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  3. It could be argued that Apple changing the gun emoji to a water pistol is the closest it has been to prescriptive. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  4. In 2016, Apple released a beta iOS update where the peach looked less like a butt. This was reverted before final release. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  5. Honorable mention to Flamingo which is always among our top requests. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  6. It still exists as a Unicode character in other fonts, just not as an emoji. I can't believe the section about one emoji being removed took this many words. Sorry about that. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ