Apple makes its (tiny) share of making mask-on a little less boring.
In the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14.2, it now appears that the masking emoji is smiling.
Originally, the face with the medical mask emoji had a neutral (if not a little sad) facial expression. But Emojipedia has made a direct comparison of the new emoji with the regular, Smiling Face emoji, and they are the same, the only difference is the mask. And while the smile is not directly visible on the new emoji (due to the mask), it is quite obvious that it has a cheerful face.
Emojipedia points out that this change will not be universal; mask-wearing emoji appear more cheerful on iOS 14.2, but it will look different on earlier versions on iOS or other platforms (it looks especially sad on Android).
It is also worth noting that Samsung made a similar change in the way the masking emoji looks on the phones back in March.
I think this little change is a positive move from Apple. No matter how we feel about a medical mask, it’s probably a good thing that at least our emojis are not complaining about it.