Apple has finally released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 after weeks of beta testing. Alongside features like unlocking a Face ID-equipped iPhone using an Apple Watch, more diverse voice options for Siri, and more, the update also brings 217 new emojis to iPhone. The new update includes a ton of new skin tone options for couple emojis, several new hearts as well as some changes to existing emojis.
iOS 14.5 brings 217 new emojis to iPhone
The vast majority of new emojis (200 of the 217) are new skin tone variations for the couple’s emojis – which will satisfy 83% of global emoji users who want the small ideograms to include more inclusive representation, as per Adobe’s Global Emoji Diversity & Inclusion Report. Popular emojis like “Couples Kissing” and “Couples with Heart” now offer a ton of skin tone variations.
In addition to more skin tones, the bearded emoji has also been adjusted to be more gender-inclusive. With the latest update, users have the option to specify a woman with a beard or a man with a beard.
Out of the 217 new emojis, there are only three new smileys: Exhaling Face, Face With Spiral Eyes, and Face in Clouds. For users who want to use the ideograms to convey a burning desire or a broken heart, the update includes two new heart options: Heart on Fire and Mending Heart.
Aside from new emojis, there have also been a few changes made to existing emojis. The syringe emoji has been updated to depict a vaccine – which could be useful for anyone writing about COVID-19. The headphone emoji has been changed to Apple’s AirPods Max. Lastly, the rock-climbing emoji now features a helmet.
To access the new emojis, you must update your device to iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 is by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Just make sure that your device has at least 50% battery charge and is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network. Since this is a major update, the file size will be in the range of a few gigabytes.