Unicode 8, which was released by Unicode Consortium on Wednesday, is the next major update to the Unicode Standard. The update includes new special characters and emoji, which manufacturer can use in their software as a form of communication. Additionally, this new update includes over 8,000 new characters which includes six new scripts and letters to better support new languages.
As shown in the image on the top of this post, the update includes 37 new emoji and 5 emoji modifiers for various skin tones. The emoji themselves are just examples, it’s up to companies to implement the emojis into their operating systems. This is why older versions of iOS see aliens when sending various emojis.
Apple themselves updated their emojis with new skin tones introduced in Unicode 8, but we have yet to see any new emojis. Apple missed the boat with Unicode 7, so we wouldn’t hold our breath for new emojis.