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While a new slate of emojis are set to hit iPhones, next year’s batch is already being planned. 

Unicode Consortium, the body that maintains and publishes standards around emoji, revealed a draft of contenders for Emoji 12.0 on Tuesday. 

The list includes several noteworthy candidates, including mixed race couples, a wheelchair and a sloth, among others.

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Unicode Consortium, the body that maintains and publishes standards around emoji, revealed a draft of contenders for Emoji 12.0 on Tuesday, including mixed race couples and a sloth

Unicode Consortium, the body that maintains and publishes standards around emoji, revealed a draft of contenders for Emoji 12.0 on Tuesday, including mixed race couples and a sloth

Unicode Consortium, the body that maintains and publishes standards around emoji, revealed a draft of contenders for Emoji 12.0 on Tuesday, including mixed race couples and a sloth

The full list with illustrations of what the symbols could look like has been released by The complete set of Free Mockups was commissioned by website founder Jeremy Burge to show how they’ll look once they land on your phone. 

Emoji 12.0 would be released in 2019 and is the successor to Emoji 11.0, the 2018 emoji update that will arrive with iOS 12.1. 

The final set of emojis will be chosen at the Unicode Technical Committee meeting in January 2019 and then rolled out in March 2019.  

The list of candidates may not include the final submissions included in the 2019 emoji update, which is slated to release in March of next year. 

Among the 236 candidates are emoji of a sloth, kite, the South American drink Mate, a wheelchair, white heart and a flamingo.

Others include new shapes, hearts, a scuba mask and a hatchet.  

But perhaps the most noteworthy update is the addition of interracial couple emojis and diverse family emojis. 

Unicode notes that 50 of the new emoji, including 'gender/skin-tone variants,' are for accessibility, such as ear with hearing aid and woman in manual wheelchair

Unicode notes that 50 of the new emoji, including 'gender/skin-tone variants,' are for accessibility, such as ear with hearing aid and woman in manual wheelchair

Unicode notes that 50 of the new emoji, including ‘gender/skin-tone variants,’ are for accessibility, such as ear with hearing aid and woman in manual wheelchair

Among the 236 candidates are emoji of a sloth, kite,  a wheelchair, white heart and a flamingo. But likely the most noteworthy update includes diverse family emojis

Among the 236 candidates are emoji of a sloth, kite,  a wheelchair, white heart and a flamingo. But likely the most noteworthy update includes diverse family emojis

Among the 236 candidates are emoji of a sloth, kite, a wheelchair, white heart and a flamingo.

But likely the most noteworthy update includes diverse family emojis

Unicode notes that 50 of the new emoji, including ‘gender/skin-tone variants,’ are for accessibility, such as ear with hearing aid and woman in manual wheelchair.  

Among the other accessibility emoji proposed by Apple include a service dog, a mechanical arm and leg. 

The draft also proposes skin tone options for the hand shake and wrestler emojis – a move that has received support from Facebook and Google. 

It comes after users have long called for the Unicode Consortium to create emoji that reflect all different kinds of relationships, including interracial ones.

The draft also proposes skin tone options for the hand shake and wrestler emojis – a move that has received support from Facebook and Google.

Pictured is the proposed handshake emoji

Emoji 12.0 would be released in 2019 and is the successor to Emoji 11.0.

The final set will be chosen at the Unicode Technical Committee meeting in January and then rolled out in March

The proposal to do so was first submitted back in August. 

‘The lack of representation for diverse racial identities is a significant issue in an increasingly globalised society,’ the proposal states. 

‘With this problem gaining increased media attention, and since efforts have already been made to ensure the representation of non-heteronormative sexual identities, now seems an appropriate cultural moment to give people the opportunity to see themselves in the emoji world. 

‘Moreover, recent years have seen a large spike in the number of interracial couples and marriages.

This ought to be recognized, especially given the current political environment,’ it continued.      

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