The Unicode Alliance announced Wednesday that the expected 14th edition of Unicode standards has been delayed until September 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning the new emoji may not appear on the iPhone until 2022,media outlet AppleInsider reported.
According to the organization, the 14th edition to be released is expected to include specifications, data and corresponding emoji characters, which will be postponed from March 2021 to September of that year.
Typically, developers have a time to prepare for the new Unicode version, such as Apple’s iPhone. For example, the 13th edition of the Unicode standard, announced in March, is expected to reach consumers with software updates this fall.
“In the current situation, we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot of work to do right now, so the decision to push back our release date is in the best interest of our volunteers and organizations that rely on the standard,” said Mark Davis, president of the Unicode Alliance. “This year we simply cannot commit to the timetable we have stuck to in the past. “
The planned changes don’t affect the current release of the 13th edition, meaning 117 new emojis previewed in January should be available later this year. Looking ahead, the submission of the emoji character has been postponed until September 2020.
In the meantime, the alliance is studying the feasibility of releasing an integral update that integrates the emoji sequence. For example, the 13th edition of the Black Cat is a sequence that combines cat emojis with black large square emojis. Because the sequence relies on existing code and characters, it may be possible to release an update in 2021.