Arriving a month after the major emoji iOS emoji update of 2017, this update modifies the appearance of 17 existing emojis.
Most notably, the 🥃 Tumbler Glass (often used for Whisky) has reverted to the design used prior to October 2017.
The other main theme in this update is metallic objects gaining a more reflective and higher contrast exterior. In total 17 emojis have received tweaks in this release.
(less Canon IXUS and more Leica.)
🌎 Globe Showing Americas now has more contrast between the sea and the land:
🌏 Globe Showing Asia-Australia now has more contrast between the sea and the land:
🌍 Globe Showing Europe-Africa now has more contrast between the sea and the land:
📥 Inbox Tray is much larger, fitting documents approximately twice as wide:
🍽️ Fork and Knife With Plate sees the same changes as the previous fork and knife with a similar (but still slightly more reflective) plate:
🥄 Spoon also gains a new design, appearing more like a silver spoon than a plastic spoon:
⚙️ Gear keeps the same number of cogs, but gains additional rings in the center:
No new emojis have been added in this update, nor have any emojis been removed. Unicode is expected to finalize the 2018 emoji list in the first half of 2018, with a candidate list currently underway.
iOS 11.2 is available now for iPhone and iPad. The same emoji changes apply to tvOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and macOS 10.13.2 which are to be released soon.
Normally I usually see or hear a mixed response to any emoji change; with some people liking updates and some prefering older designs. I didn't hear from anyone who preferred the new Tumbler Glass in iOS 11.1. I wonder if the redesign was to make it appear less alocoholic, potentially a soda / soft drink or sweet tea? ↩︎
I heard you cutlery fans, this did say refer to them as "fork prongs" but apparently they are called "tines" 🤷♂️ ↩︎
Still a candidate list only, final decisions won't be made until the next Unicode Technical Committee meeting in January 2018, with a published list to follow in the first half of the year. ↩︎