Apple iOS 5.1

  • Vendor: Apple
  • Version: iOS 5.1
  • Release Date: March 8, 2012
  • Emojis: 833

iOS 5.1 was released in March 2012 and was the first version of Apple's emoji font to use cross-platform compatible emoji codepoints from the Unicode Standard. Previous releases of iOS supported emoji characters in the private use area of Unicode.

Support for a number of new emojis was available in this release, but not these new emojis were not displayed on the iOS emoji keyboard. As such, widespread use of emojis from Unicode 6.0 was not achieved until the release of iOS 6.0 later in 2012.

Emojis in this release were also supported in Mac OS X 10.7.4 and above.

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About Apple Emojis

Apple emojis are displayed on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV as part of the Apple Color Emoji font. iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS all display the same emoji set from Apple. iPhone X models also support interactive Animoji and Memoji features.

The following two Private Use Area characters are not cross-platform compatible but do work on Apple devices:

iOS 12.1 Beta

New emojis approved in 2018 as part of Emoji 11.0 are available in iOS 12.1 beta. These emoji updates are expected to be released to the public in Oct-Nov 2018. More about this update.

New emojis on iOS in 2018

iOS 11.3

The most recent public emoji update from Apple came as part of iOS 11.3 in March 2018. This is displayed below.

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