Over 60 new emoji just arrived for iPhones, including gender-neutral people and an otter — here’s what’s new this year

Apple just added more than 60 emoji to the iPhone with the iOS 13.2 update, which was released on Monday.

The new emoji were announced earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium — Unicode is responsible for defining which emoji make onto all platforms, including iPhones, Android devices, and computers. However, it takes a bit of time for Apple and other developers to create their own versions of the new emoji and roll them out to devices.

Emojipedia reports that iOS 13.2 has added 398 new emoji designs to Apple devices, which includes new skin color variations, gender options, and updates to old symbols. There are 61 brand-new emoji codes that were announced by Unicode in March.

While some of the new emoji are just for fun, there's often an important social theme behind the latest symbols. Many of this year's new emoji are focused on inclusivity, with symbols for deaf and blind people, prosthetic limbs, and wheelchairs. A bunch of old emoji have also been updated to have gender-neutral options, rather than being specific to a man or women. Emoji that contain multiple people will now let you choose the skin color of each person, too.

These arrive alongside new emoji for food, eight new animal emoji, and a handful of specific symbols, like the blood drop emoji that was introduced to help people talk about menstruation.

With iOS 13.2, the new characters have become available for iPhone 6S devices and newer. Android 10 introduced many of the same emoji in September, but not all Android phones have access to the Android 10 update.

To add the new emoji to your own iPhone, head to Settings > General > Software Update and download iOS 13.2.

Here are some of the most interesting new emoji added by iOS 13.2.

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