iOS 10.2 Emoji First Look: Shrug, Fingers Crossed, Face Palm

Apple today released a developer preview of iOS 10.2 which includes favorites such as the Shrug and Fingers Crossed emojis for the first time.

Above: No more waiting. Shrug is included in iOS 10.2 developer beta.

Other popular additions coming in this iOS update include Fox Face, Avocado, and Owl.

iOS 10.2 developer beta adds full Unicode 9 emoji support which includes all of the following 72 emojis approved in June 2016:

Above: New Animals in iOS 10.2 include Fox, Duck, Squid, Gorilla.

In addition, new emoji professions from the Emoji 4.0 update are included in this new release. These include roles such as Firefighter and Judge, with female and male versions of each (in all skin tones).

Above: Female Firefighter and Female Judge are available in iOS 10.2.

Apple's last emoji release was iOS 10 in September 2016, which included new emoji artwork, gendered emojis, and a change to the gun emoji.

Above: Female versions of existing emojis were added in iOS 10.


In addition to all the new emojis, Apple has also updated the appearance of all remaining emojis not changed in the last revision.

The new art style is more bulbous, with sharp details which are beautiful. It's clear this was a large project, which must have taken considerable time.

A welcome addition given the ad-hoc nature of previous emoji updates over the years!


A public release date is not yet known for iOS 10.2, but given a normal release cycle this is likely to hit phones in November 2016.

Given the nature of beta releases, it is possible that some of the emoji artwork could still change prior to the final release.

We originally speculated these updates would have arrived in iOS 10.1 earlier this month, so we got it wrong on that front:

👏 Expect two major iOS emoji updates in 2016 😮

🗓 iOS 10.0: Gendered Roles + Redesign
🗓 iOS 10.1: Professions + Unicode 9

— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) August 26, 2016


If you missed them, see what was new in the past two emoji updates from Apple:

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