We previously featured the new iPad and iPhone emojis revealed earlier this year, which gained media exposure thanks to Unicode 7.0. The big hint that the new emojis would miss the final iOS 8 build came within a small line found in the new Unicode document, and this pointed to core spec being published on October 15th.
One of the emoji some people wanted was the ability to send a middle finger and there was hope the few hundred new emoji would still arrive with the public iOS 8 release. Now that the Gold Master has released, almost identical to the public launch, it is crystal clear the new emojis won’t be coming next week.
Apple’s iOS 8 will expand emojis and keyboard graphics – while the iOS 8 public version won’t include hundreds of new emoji by default, you will gain the next best thing thanks to 3rd party keyboards installed through apps.
It’s true a later iOS 8 update will likely bring the new Unicode 7.0 emojis by default, but some iOS users won’t care once they get hands-on with 3rd party keyboards and add-ons through apps. Thanks to iOS 8 opening up the keyboard to 3rd party development, the next major upgrade will change everything in this area.
We touched on PopKey earlier today that’s an iOS 8 animated GIF keyboard app, although it won’t be releasing until the end of this month or at some point in October. Are you looking forward trying 3rd party keyboards and emoji keyboard add-ons in iOS 8, or do you want the list of emoji seen in Unicode 7.0?