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A sample of new emoji, coming soon. Image credit: Apple Inc.

This is why July 17 is World Emoji Day. Source: EmojipediaThis is why July 17 is World Emoji Day. Source: Emojipedia

The emoji are coming.

That is to say, new pictograms and smileys—hundreds of them, in fact—will be taking up residence on Apple's iOS 11.1, the latest iteration of the operating system run by iPhones and iPads. They will also make their way onto software updates for macOS and watchOS.

Some of the new characters were announced on World Emoji Day, which is designated as July 17 in honor of the date shown on the page of the calendar emjoi.

The new emoji are adapted from Unicode 10, the current encoding standard that assigns unique numeric values to symbols. This allows them to appear consistent across a variety of platforms and programs.

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