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

Emojis displayed on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV use the Apple Color Emoji font installed on iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Some Apple devices support Animoji and Memoji. Two Private Use Area characters are not cross-platform compatible but do work on Apple devices:

iOS 15.0 will not include any new emojis from Emoji 14.0, the latest set of emoji recommendations made in September 2021. Support for Emoji 14.0 on Apple platforms is expected in the first half of 2022.

Emojis from late 2020's Emoji 13.1 recommendations were made available in iOS 14.5. These included โค๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’จ Face Exhaling, and a vaccine-friendly ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe emoji. In total 669 new emojis were introduced in iOS 14.5.

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