If you’ve completed the latest update on your Apple mobile device, then you’re bound to notice the new (and, in my opinion, improved) integration of emojis in the Messages app. Sure, the emoji keyboard has been available since previous updates—big whoop, right? Well, now when you’re crafting that perfect text, if it contains a word that could be portrayed as an emoji, it automatically underlines. When you tap on that word, the appropriate emoji (along with options if available) takes its place!
For example, if I were to text someone, “How was the apple orchard this weekend? Probably not nearly as good as it could have been had I been able to go! Haha!” then both the apple and the Haha! will appear in red and underlined. If I tap them, then my text is transformed into, “How was the 🍎orchard this weekend? Probably not nearly as good as it could have been had I been able to go! 😂!” How great is that!?
As a fan of visual communication, I think emojis are👌. And apparently I’m not the only one, since the original emoji set, developed under the supervision of Shigetaka Kurita and released for cell phones in 1999, has been added to the Museum of Modern Art’s collection. Read more about the beginning—and also the impact—of this visual language that has become near and dear to my ❤, or if you’re feeling frisky, check out this realtime twitter emoji tracker.