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New Apple iOS will feature a smiling mask-wearing emoji

New Apple iOS will feature a smiling mask-wearing emoji
Posted at 10:19 AM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 12:19:08-04

Apple is reportedly changing their mask-wearing emoji to smile with its eyes.

The mask-wearing emoji used to represent being sick, what some might consider a neutral-to-sad feeling.

In 2020, this emoji is now one of the most popular icons used in tweets about the coronavirus, according to Emojipedia, and represents the normalcy of wearing a mask regardless of symptoms and current health status.

In the next release of Apple’s iOS, this emoji will be getting a mood change, so to speak.

It’s downturned eyes will be replaced with rounded eyes, eyebrows and blushing cheeks - the exact same features of the smiling face emoji, reports Emojipedia.

Just because Apple changes the way their mask-wearing emoji appears does not mean it will change across every operating system and platform. It will be up to those companies to make changes if they wish.

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Cross-platform comparison of 😷 Face with Medical Mask prior to Apple's iOS 14.2 beta release.
Image: Vendor designs / Emojipedia composites.

There are other emoji updates coming in Apple’s iOS14 update, including male and female characters bottle feeding a baby, roller skates, various insects and animals, and icons meant to represent more inclusivity around gender identification.