Since 2014, 17 July has been celebrated as the day to show your love for those little expressive pictograms, logograms, and ideograms that we all know as emoji.
The World Emoji Day was created by Jeremy Burge, the custodian of Emojipedia. It happens every year on this day because it was the date shown on the original calendar emoji which coincides with the date that iCal for Mac was first announced at the MacWorld Expo in 2002.
While Apple already announced its new set of emojis earlier this year, they continued their tradition of celebrating World Emoji Day this year by previewing the upcoming Memoji customisations and stickers that are coming to iOS 16 – available this fall.
In the new update Apple will introduce 17 new and updated hairstyles, a bonnet, new nose options, lip colours, and six new expressive poses for your Memoji.
The new expressions include finger hearts, grace face, talk to the hand, dizzy birds, and more.
You could celebrate World Emoji Day by trying out iOS 16 Beta by signing up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/, but here are a few platform agnostic options:
- Cast your vote at the World Emoji Awards
- Join the World Emoji Day event on Facebook
- Use the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag
- Challenge yourself to use more emojis