With Emoji now so involved in the way we communicate, it's impossible to remember some time before we could send each other little smiling faces and what not. Amazing, November 21, 2008 was the day when Apple released iPhone OS 2.2 to iPhone users in Japan, bringing it an emoji keyboard and emoji characters for the first time. The phone Apple sold then was iPhone 3G, just to put all this in perspective.
With the 10th anniversary of Emoji on iPhone now, the people at Emojipedia have taken a careful look at the first emojis to find their way to what became iOS, as well as Apple's decision to start only in Japan.
Interestingly, the iPhone OS 2.2 release actually anticipates the arrival of Unicode Standard, which now makes emoji universally interchangeable across different devices and ecosystems.
Apple 2008 emoji implementation was based on the set used by the Japanese sustainability Softbank, and the impact on many of these designs is clear.
Even moreso-much, Apple's emoji script has gone over to dominate public expectations about what an emoji should look like.
Although Apple does not dictate which Emoies approved by Unicode, it is reasonable to wonder that without Apple's strong carbon or emoji support in these past years, if we wanted to see it as the cultural phenomenon it has become today.
It was not until 2011 and iOS 5 that Apple brought emoji to the rest of the world, which allowed someone to tap into something that Japan and other selected regions had for years. The rest, as they say, is history, and today some people can have whole conversations in emoji alone. This is partly due to the fact that the number of emoji has increased from 471 back in 2008 to a massive 2776 today, which has been caused by the inclusion of more gender and skin tones throughout the collection.
A set from the original iPhone emoji
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