iOS 14.5 Provides Over 200 New Emoji, Together with Vaccine and AirPods Max

In a few weeks, Apple's software updates will add more than 270 new or changed emoji for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

Emoji Emoticons Faces Expressions

Apple's iOS 14.5 update brings over 200 new or changed emoji to your iPhone. You can use these new emoticons to spice up your messaging game with a vaccine-friendly syringe, burning heart, healing heart, exhaling face, face in clouds, spiral eyes, and more.

Emojipedia has detailed the new emoji with iOS 14.5 and other Apple updates. With iOS 14.5, you can also use an Apple Watch to unlock iPhone while wearing a mask.

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AirPods Max and other optimized emoji

Do you own Apple's $ 549 AirPods Max? In that case, iOS 14.5 gave you an updated version of the generic headphone emoji that is similar to the luxury over-ear headphones. Apple previously branded other generic emoji, including a computer, phone, and clock.

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Another good example of an existing emoji that has been updated is the syringe. In iOS 14.5, the emoticon no longer shows the blood inside. Not only is it vaccine-friendly now, but it's better for illustrating the COVID-19 vaccination.

Make emoji more inclusive

The iOS 14.5 update makes pairs of emoji more inclusive with brand new skin tone options as part of the Emoji 13.1 specification. And for facial hair fans, one of the new emoji is the woman with a beard (who joins the man with a beard added last year).

When can I use the new emoji?

The new emoji are included in the latest beta version of iOS 14.5. If you are a registered Apple developer, you can download the beta from the Apple developer website. Members of the general public can try out the new emoticons when the iOS 14.5 public beta releases in a few days.

Everyone else will have the opportunity to test these out as soon as iOS 14.5 and other Apple software updates are released for public use in the spring. With the updates installed on your devices, you can use the new emoticons in your messages, emails, social media posts, etc. by going to the standard emoji keyboard.

Apple is offering new Emoji support for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, so you'll also need the upcoming new iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS Big Sur updates.

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