Apple Color Emoji

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Apple Color Emoji
OS X mini character palette showing Emoji emoticons.png
Category Regular
Commissioned by Apple Inc.
Also known as Emoji

Apple Color Emoji is a color typeface used by iOS and OS X to provide support for the Unicode emoji characters first used in Japanese mobile phones and more recently in other devices globally.[1] Instead of a black & white outline, the typeface has full color images for each of the 889 glyphs it supports.


Prior to iOS 5 SoftBank encoding was used for encoding emoji on Apple devices. Beginning with iOS 5, emoji are encoded using the Unicode standard.[2] Emoji glyphs are stored as PNG images,[3] at two resolutions using a proprietary "sbix" table.[4]

Color emoji glyphs were also included in the release of Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system as part of the Segoe UI Emoji font using Unicode-encoded uncolored base vector glyphs and additional color vector glyph layers.[3]

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  1. ^ Jeff Blagdon (2013-03-04). "How emoji conquered the world". The Verge. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Supporting iOS 5 New Emoji Encoding". Manbolo Blog. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b Ralf Herrmann (2013-07-03). "Color Emoji in Windows 8.1—The Future of Color Fonts?". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  4. ^ Si Daniels (2012-01-25). "Apple Color Emoji". Typographica. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 

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