Apple released the iOS 14.2 and iPod 14.2 updates this week, which include some useful updates to the HomePod, AirPlay, and Control Center. But for many, the most exciting update will be the new addition of 117 emojis for your texting pleasure.
Wedding-themed emojis are the most eye-catching newcomers, including men and women in tuxedos and men and women in dresses and veils. These emojis especially feature the transgender pride flag and the addition of the ‘Mx’. Close and a person of the opposite sex feeds the baby with a bottle.
In this batch you will find some particularly strange emojis: an ‘anatomical’ heart and lungs, an endangered woolly mammoth and dodo bird, Russian nesting dolls, an empty white mark, and a headstone.
If you want to pepper your chats with some common household items, you can find a new screwdriver, toilet plumber, toothbrush, ladder, and saw.
We also appreciate some awesome food emojis from fresh blueberries, olives, bell peppers and some tamales, flat bread and bubble tea.
If we had to choose the most used emoji in our conversations, we would go with the ‘hug two’ icon, the ‘smiling face with tears’ and the gru cho cho Marx costume.
Fewer fun and more practical updates
As much as we love emojis, we are also excited about some other changes coming to iPhones and iPods with this update.
For starters, Apple has integrated Shazam directly into the Control Center menu to turn on your flashlight or adjust the brightness. Tap the Music Recognition button, which will select the music around you and tell you what is playing.
Next, the update activates Intercom, a new homepod feature that allows you to communicate with family members on connected Apple devices, including iPhones, iPods, Apple watches, CarPlay, and AirPods. Updated iPhones will receive intercom notifications that play an audio message when tapped.
Add to a new AirPlay control scheme, a solution that protects the airpods’ longevity while charging, new wallpapers, tons of bug fixes, and iOS 14.2 must now be downloaded.