To celebrate the ‘World Emojis Day’ on July 17, Apple announced that it will soon add 56 new emoji to its iOS, macOS, and watchOS platforms by the end of 2017. This will include a T-Rex, a bearded face, women in a headscarf and some gender neutral faces.
Emoji were born in a Japanese research facility in 1999, and cell phone users in that country became the first to share their hearts out with winks, blown kisses and tears of joy. Shigetaka Kurita was the man behind this revolution.
At present, Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization, creates a global standard for coding the characters. That’s the reason why you and someone in Australia can both see emojis on your smartphones in almost the same way. Members of Apple, Google, IBM and individuals from all walks of life form the consortium.