Apple Color Emoji

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Apple Color Emoji
Category
Designer(s) Various
Commissioned by Apple Inc.
Also known as Emoji

Apple Color Emoji is a color typeface used by iOS and macOS to display emoji, a series of ideograms originally created by Shigetaka Kurita for use in Japanese mobile phones.[1][2]

The inclusion of emoji in the iPhone and in the Unicode standard has been credited with promoting the spreading use of emoji outside Japan.[3][4][5] Unlike the black & white outline of early emoji, the typeface has full color images for each of the 1407 glyphs it supports.[6] As with many Apple icons past and present, they feature a design based on deep, saturated colors and gradual transitions of color, often incorporating subtle gloss effects.[7][8]

In the text below, all emoji in body text are rendered by the browser, and will appear different on different devices.

Implementation[edit]

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.[9][10] Emoji glyphs are stored as PNG images,[11] at several resolutions (strikes of 20, 32, 40, 48, 64, 96 and 160 pixels squared) using a proprietary "sbix" table that was later standardized in OpenType version 1.8.[11][12][13]

The font contains a number of Easter eggs. Several glyphs contain portions of the text of Apple's Think different advertisement ("Here's to the crazy ones..."), including 1F4CB "Clipboard" (📋), 1F4C4 "Page facing up" (📄), 1F4D1 "Bookmark Tabs" (📑), and 1F4D6 "Open book" (📖), among others. Other emoji, specified as generic objects, appear as Apple products. For example, 1F4BB "Personal computer" (💻) appears as a modern MacBook,[14] while 231A "Wristwatch" (⌚) shows an Apple Watch. 1F301 "Foggy" (🌁) shows the Golden Gate Bridge behind San Francisco fog, a reference to Apple's California headquarters, and 1F4F0 "Newspaper" (📰)'s headline reads "The Apple Times".[15]

A variety of styles are used in the original sets. For example, 🐬 and 🐙 (dolphin and octopus) were quite stylized with 'button' eyes, while 🐈 and 🐀 (cat and rat) were more realistic, resembling watercolor paintings. This mixture of styles creates a range of possible designs: for example, 🐏 and 🐑 (ram and sheep) look clearly different, as do 🐫 and 🐪 (Bactrian camel and dromedary). The majority of Apple Color Emoji designs were updated with the release of iOS 10.2 in December 2016, with many appearing to be 3D-rendered.[16]

It has been commented that because the iPhone originally launched in Japan on the SoftBank network, some Apple emoji designs may have been created to resemble those on previous SoftBank phones. For example, 💃 (defined by Unicode as 'dancer' with no specified gender) is feminine on Apple and SoftBank phones but was previously masculine or gender-neutral on others.[17][18]

The designers of the Apple Color Emoji typeface have not been publicly credited, following Apple's standard practice of not crediting work to individual developers, and former Apple employees have offered varying comments on who drew what.[19][20][21]

A redesigned emoji keyboard was released in iOS version 8.3, this update also added varied skin tones and same-gender couples included in Unicode 6.[22] As a result, the more naturalistic emoji faces switch to a neutral yellow skin tone by default, similar to the face emoji.[23][24]

Trends[edit]

Because of the calendar emoji (📅) showing July 17, this date was chosen for the annual World Emoji Day.[25] The date originally referred to the day Apple premiered its iCal calendar application in 2002.[26][27]

Commenting on the suggestion that Apple Color Emoji could be the most significant font thus far released in the 21st century, font expert Stephen Coles said the idea was "an interesting one and [it] may prove to be true."[28]

Although primarily intended for onscreen display (iOS having limited printing capabilities), some printed displays and signs have used Apple Color Emoji designs.[29] New York magazine used Apple Color Emoji in a printed feature on the growing use of emoji.[6]

Demo[edit]

Below is the full list of emoji. If this typeface is not installed on your system, they may display in the default font.

List of emoji[1][2][3][4]
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+00Ax ©️ ®️
U+203x ‼️
U+204x ⁉️
U+212x ™️
U+213x ℹ️
U+219x ↔️ ↕️ ↖️ ↗️ ↘️ ↙️
U+21Ax ↩️ ↪️
U+231x ⌚️ ⌛️
U+232x ⌨️
U+23Cx ⏏️
U+23Ex ⏩️ ⏪️ ⏫️ ⏬️ ⏭️ ⏮️ ⏯️
U+23Fx ⏰️ ⏱️ ⏲️ ⏳️ ⏸️ ⏹️ ⏺️
U+24Cx Ⓜ️
U+25Ax ▪️ ▫️
U+25Bx ▶️
U+25Cx ◀️
U+25Fx ◻️ ◼️ ◽️ ◾️
U+260x ☀️ ☁️ ☂️ ☃️ ☄️ ☎️
U+261x ☑️ ☔️ ☕️ ☘️ ☝️
U+262x ☠️ ☢️ ☣️ ☦️ ☪️ ☮️ ☯️
U+263x ☸️ ☹️ ☺️
U+264x ♀️ ♂️ ♈️ ♉️ ♊️ ♋️ ♌️ ♍️ ♎️ ♏️
U+265x ♐️ ♑️ ♒️ ♓️ ♟️
U+266x ♠️ ♣️ ♥️ ♦️ ♨️
U+267x ♻️ ♾️ ♿️
U+269x ⚒️ ⚓️ ⚔️ ⚕️ ⚖️ ⚗️ ⚙️ ⚛️ ⚜️
U+26Ax ⚠️ ⚡️ ⚪️ ⚫️
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+26Bx ⚰️ ⚱️ ⚽️ ⚾️
U+26Cx ⛄️ ⛅️ ⛈️ ⛎️ ⛏️
U+26Dx ⛑️ ⛓️ ⛔️
U+26Ex ⛩️ ⛪️
U+26Fx ⛰️ ⛱️ ⛲️ ⛳️ ⛴️ ⛵️ ⛷️ ⛸️ ⛹️ ⛺️ ⛽️
U+270x ✂️ ✅️ ✈️ ✉️ ✊️ ✋️ ✌️ ✍️ ✏️
U+271x ✒️ ✔️ ✖️ ✝️
U+272x ✡️ ✨️
U+273x ✳️ ✴️
U+274x ❄️ ❇️ ❌️ ❎️
U+275x ❓️ ❔️ ❕️ ❗️
U+276x ❣️ ❤️
U+279x ➕️ ➖️ ➗️
U+27Ax ➡️
U+27Bx ➰️ ➿️
U+293x ⤴️ ⤵️
U+2B0x ⬅️ ⬆️ ⬇️
U+2B1x ⬛️ ⬜️
U+2B5x ⭐️ ⭕️
U+303x 〰️ 〽️
U+329x ㊗️ ㊙️
U+1F00x 🀄
U+1F0Cx 🃏
U+1F17x 🅰️ 🅱️ 🅾️ 🅿️
U+1F18x 🆎
U+1F19x 🆑 🆒 🆓 🆔 🆕 🆖 🆗 🆘 🆙 🆚
U+1F20x 🈁 🈂️
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1F21x 🈚
U+1F22x 🈯
U+1F23x 🈲 🈳 🈴 🈵 🈶 🈷️ 🈸 🈹 🈺
U+1F25x 🉐 🉑
U+1F30x 🌀 🌁 🌂 🌃 🌄 🌅 🌆 🌇 🌈 🌉 🌊 🌋 🌌 🌍 🌎 🌏
U+1F31x 🌐 🌑 🌒 🌓 🌔 🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌙 🌚 🌛 🌜 🌝 🌞 🌟
U+1F32x 🌠 🌡️ 🌤️ 🌥️ 🌦️ 🌧️ 🌨️ 🌩️ 🌪️ 🌫️ 🌬️ 🌭 🌮 🌯
U+1F33x 🌰 🌱 🌲 🌳 🌴 🌵 🌶️ 🌷 🌸 🌹 🌺 🌻 🌼 🌽 🌾 🌿
U+1F34x 🍀 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍄 🍅 🍆 🍇 🍈 🍉 🍊 🍋 🍌 🍍 🍎 🍏
U+1F35x 🍐 🍑 🍒 🍓 🍔 🍕 🍖 🍗 🍘 🍙 🍚 🍛 🍜 🍝 🍞 🍟
U+1F36x 🍠 🍡 🍢 🍣 🍤 🍥 🍦 🍧 🍨 🍩 🍪 🍫 🍬 🍭 🍮 🍯
U+1F37x 🍰 🍱 🍲 🍳 🍴 🍵 🍶 🍷 🍸 🍹 🍺 🍻 🍼 🍽️ 🍾 🍿
U+1F38x 🎀 🎁 🎂 🎃 🎄 🎅 🎆 🎇 🎈 🎉 🎊 🎋 🎌 🎍 🎎 🎏
U+1F39x 🎐 🎑 🎒 🎓 🎖️ 🎗️ 🎙️ 🎚️ 🎛️ 🎞️ 🎟️
U+1F3Ax 🎠 🎡 🎢 🎣 🎤 🎥 🎦 🎧 🎨 🎩 🎪 🎫 🎬 🎭 🎮 🎯
U+1F3Bx 🎰 🎱 🎲 🎳 🎴 🎵 🎶 🎷 🎸 🎹 🎺 🎻 🎼 🎽 🎾 🎿
U+1F3Cx 🏀 🏁 🏂 🏃 🏄 🏅 🏆 🏇 🏈 🏉 🏊 🏋️ 🏌️ 🏍️ 🏎️ 🏏
U+1F3Dx 🏐 🏑 🏒 🏓 🏔️ 🏕️ 🏖️ 🏗️ 🏘️ 🏙️ 🏚️ 🏛️ 🏜️ 🏝️ 🏞️ 🏟️
U+1F3Ex 🏠 🏡 🏢 🏣 🏤 🏥 🏦 🏧 🏨 🏩 🏪 🏫 🏬 🏭 🏮 🏯
U+1F3Fx 🏰 🏳️ 🏴 🏵️ 🏷️ 🏸 🏹 🏺 🏻 🏼 🏽 🏾 🏿
U+1F40x 🐀 🐁 🐂 🐃 🐄 🐅 🐆 🐇 🐈 🐉 🐊 🐋 🐌 🐍 🐎 🐏
U+1F41x 🐐 🐑 🐒 🐓 🐔 🐕 🐖 🐗 🐘 🐙 🐚 🐛 🐜 🐝 🐞 🐟
U+1F42x 🐠 🐡 🐢 🐣 🐤 🐥 🐦 🐧 🐨 🐩 🐪 🐫 🐬 🐭 🐮 🐯
U+1F43x 🐰 🐱 🐲 🐳 🐴 🐵 🐶 🐷 🐸 🐹 🐺 🐻 🐼 🐽 🐾 🐿️
U+1F44x 👀 👁️ 👂 👃 👄 👅 👆 👇 👈 👉 👊 👋 👌 👍 👎 👏
U+1F45x 👐 👑 👒 👓 👔 👕 👖 👗 👘 👙 👚 👛 👜 👝 👞 👟
U+1F46x 👠 👡 👢 👣 👤 👥 👦 👧 👨 👩 👪 👫 👬 👭 👮 👯
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1F47x 👰 👱 👲 👳 👴 👵 👶 👷 👸 👹 👺 👻 👼 👽 👾 👿
U+1F48x 💀 💁 💂 💃 💄 💅 💆 💇 💈 💉 💊 💋 💌 💍 💎 💏
U+1F49x 💐 💑 💒 💓 💔 💕 💖 💗 💘 💙 💚 💛 💜 💝 💞 💟
U+1F4Ax 💠 💡 💢 💣 💤 💥 💦 💧 💨 💩 💪 💫 💬 💭 💮 💯
U+1F4Bx 💰 💱 💲 💳 💴 💵 💶 💷 💸 💹 💺 💻 💼 💽 💾 💿
U+1F4Cx 📀 📁 📂 📃 📄 📅 📆 📇 📈 📉 📊 📋 📌 📍 📎 📏
U+1F4Dx 📐 📑 📒 📓 📔 📕 📖 📗 📘 📙 📚 📛 📜 📝 📞 📟
U+1F4Ex 📠 📡 📢 📣 📤 📥 📦 📧 📨 📩 📪 📫 📬 📭 📮 📯
U+1F4Fx 📰 📱 📲 📳 📴 📵 📶 📷 📸 📹 📺 📻 📼 📽️ 📿
U+1F50x 🔀 🔁 🔂 🔃 🔄 🔅 🔆 🔇 🔈 🔉 🔊 🔋 🔌 🔍 🔎 🔏
U+1F51x 🔐 🔑 🔒 🔓 🔔 🔕 🔖 🔗 🔘 🔙 🔚 🔛 🔜 🔝 🔞 🔟
U+1F52x 🔠 🔡 🔢 🔣 🔤 🔥 🔦 🔧 🔨 🔩 🔪 🔫 🔬 🔭 🔮 🔯
U+1F53x 🔰 🔱 🔲 🔳 🔴 🔵 🔶 🔷 🔸 🔹 🔺 🔻 🔼 🔽
U+1F54x 🕉️ 🕊️ 🕋 🕌 🕍 🕎
U+1F55x 🕐 🕑 🕒 🕓 🕔 🕕 🕖 🕗 🕘 🕙 🕚 🕛 🕜 🕝 🕞 🕟
U+1F56x 🕠 🕡 🕢 🕣 🕤 🕥 🕦 🕧 🕯️
U+1F57x 🕰️ 🕳️ 🕴️ 🕵️ 🕶️ 🕷️ 🕸️ 🕹️ 🕺
U+1F58x 🖇️ 🖊️ 🖋️ 🖌️ 🖍️
U+1F59x 🖐️ 🖕 🖖
U+1F5Ax 🖤 🖥️ 🖨️
U+1F5Bx 🖱️ 🖲️ 🖼️
U+1F5Cx 🗂️ 🗃️ 🗄️
U+1F5Dx 🗑️ 🗒️ 🗓️ 🗜️ 🗝️ 🗞️
U+1F5Ex 🗡️ 🗣️ 🗨️ 🗯️
U+1F5Fx 🗳️ 🗺️ 🗻 🗼 🗽 🗾 🗿
U+1F60x 😀 😁 😂 😃 😄 😅 😆 😇 😈 😉 😊 😋 😌 😍 😎 😏
U+1F61x 😐 😑 😒 😓 😔 😕 😖 😗 😘 😙 😚 😛 😜 😝 😞 😟
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1F62x 😠 😡 😢 😣 😤 😥 😦 😧 😨 😩 😪 😫 😬 😭 😮 😯
U+1F63x 😰 😱 😲 😳 😴 😵 😶 😷 😸 😹 😺 😻 😼 😽 😾 😿
U+1F64x 🙀 🙁 🙂 🙃 🙄 🙅 🙆 🙇 🙈 🙉 🙊 🙋 🙌 🙍 🙎 🙏
U+1F68x 🚀 🚁 🚂 🚃 🚄 🚅 🚆 🚇 🚈 🚉 🚊 🚋 🚌 🚍 🚎 🚏
U+1F69x 🚐 🚑 🚒 🚓 🚔 🚕 🚖 🚗 🚘 🚙 🚚 🚛 🚜 🚝 🚞 🚟
U+1F6Ax 🚠 🚡 🚢 🚣 🚤 🚥 🚦 🚧 🚨 🚩 🚪 🚫 🚬 🚭 🚮 🚯
U+1F6Bx 🚰 🚱 🚲 🚳 🚴 🚵 🚶 🚷 🚸 🚹 🚺 🚻 🚼 🚽 🚾 🚿
U+1F6Cx 🛀 🛁 🛂 🛃 🛄 🛅 🛋️ 🛌 🛍️ 🛎️ 🛏️
U+1F6Dx 🛐 🛑 🛒
U+1F6Ex 🛠️ 🛡️ 🛢️ 🛣️ 🛤️ 🛥️ 🛩️ 🛫 🛬
U+1F6Fx 🛰️ 🛳️ 🛴 🛵 🛶 🛷 🛸 🛹
U+1F91x 🤐 🤑 🤒 🤓 🤔 🤕 🤖 🤗 🤘 🤙 🤚 🤛 🤜 🤝 🤞 🤟
U+1F92x 🤠 🤡 🤢 🤣 🤤 🤥 🤦 🤧 🤨 🤩 🤪 🤫 🤬 🤭 🤮 🤯
U+1F93x 🤰 🤱 🤲 🤳 🤴 🤵 🤶 🤷 🤸 🤹 🤺 🤼 🤽 🤾
U+1F94x 🥀 🥁 🥂 🥃 🥄 🥅 🥇 🥈 🥉 🥊 🥋 🥌 🥍 🥎 🥏
U+1F95x 🥐 🥑 🥒 🥓 🥔 🥕 🥖 🥗 🥘 🥙 🥚 🥛 🥜 🥝 🥞 🥟
U+1F96x 🥠 🥡 🥢 🥣 🥤 🥥 🥦 🥧 🥨 🥩 🥪 🥫 🥬 🥭 🥮 🥯
U+1F97x 🥰 🥳 🥴 🥵 🥶 🥺 🥼 🥽 🥾 🥿
U+1F98x 🦀 🦁 🦂 🦃 🦄 🦅 🦆 🦇 🦈 🦉 🦊 🦋 🦌 🦍 🦎 🦏
U+1F99x 🦐 🦑 🦒 🦓 🦔 🦕 🦖 🦗 🦘 🦙 🦚 🦛 🦜 🦝 🦞 🦟
U+1F9Ax 🦠 🦡 🦢
U+1F9Bx 🦰 🦱 🦲 🦳 🦴 🦵 🦶 🦷 🦸 🦹
U+1F9Cx 🧀 🧁 🧂
U+1F9Dx 🧐 🧑 🧒 🧓 🧔 🧕 🧖 🧗 🧘 🧙 🧚 🧛 🧜 🧝 🧞 🧟
U+1F9Ex 🧠 🧡 🧢 🧣 🧤 🧥 🧦 🧧 🧨 🧩 🧪 🧫 🧬 🧭 🧮 🧯
U+1F9Fx 🧰 🧱 🧲 🧳 🧴 🧵 🧶 🧷 🧸 🧹 🧺 🧻 🧼 🧽 🧾 🧿
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 11.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-emoji or non-assigned code points
3.^ "UTR #51: Unicode Emoji". Unicode Consortium. 
4.^ "UCD: Emoji Data for UTR #51". Unicode Consortium. 2018-05-22. 

See also[edit]

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