Sometimes you just need to forget about any new features or functionality added in a new version of iOS and focus entirely on the fact that it contains brand new emoji characters that will take your texting game to the next level.

If you love the new messaging features in iOS 10, but are sick and tired of existing emoji characters, then iOS 10.2 is definitely going to be an update that you need in your life. iOS 10.2 may be available as a beta at the moment, but when it drops, it will feature a refreshed batch of new and updated Unicode 9 emoji characters ready to be sent or used by everyone.

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Anyone who keeps themselves on the cutting-edge of what’s going on in the world of communication vis-a-vis emoji will be more than aware that Apple decided to support the new Unicode 9 emoji characters in its platforms that were announced by the Unicode Consortium earlier this year.

Of course, what this means is that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, as well as Mac and Apple Watch users, get to bask in the glory of having a heap of new emoji to splatter across messages, whether that be via iMessage, Facebook Messenger, or even other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat.

Being introduced with iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are some fantastic, and highly anticipated, emoji. As an example, Apple has finally introduced a gorgeous shrug emoji for those who want to express their lack of interest or disdain in a conversation.

There’s also a new fingers-crossed emoji for those wanting to convey a message of luck. For times when you just need to show how extremely vexed you are with something, there’s a new face palm emoji for that. Also added are a ton of new animal emoji, with the likes of ducks, lizards and sharks all getting their own emoji characters.

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(In the image above you can see the some of the new emojis, including one for croissant, facepalm, shrug, selfie, bacon and more.)

New emoji related to different professions are added as well, including one for painter, astronaut, firefighter, judge among others.

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(New emoji for people category, including pilot and astronaut)

Currently available to both developers and public beta testers, iOS 10.2 is expected to go live for everyone sometime this year, with all of the 72 new Unicode 9 emoji characters included as part of the update.

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