Emoji lovers rejoice as 150 new characters have been added to its growing library in Apple’s latest software update, including a mosque, the Kaabah and a tasbeeh.
As part of the iOS 9.1 update for iPhone users, emoji were included from the latest unicode specification released this week, as well as 150 new emoticons.
38 new emojis to be introduced in 2016
Among the new characters, many were excited by the mosque, Kaabah and the tasbeeh which are featured alongside other religious buildings, new food emoji and the much awaited and controversial middle finger.
Smile! Emoji is taking over advertising
In the late 1990s, emojis were first developed in Japan as smiley-faced emoticons. They have since developed from graphically representing faces to depicting a whole lot of different things, including pets, objects and poo.
Twitter was abuzz with excitement as emoji fans shared their views on the new characters:
THERES A TASBIH EMOJI AND A KABAH ONE TOO
— tiller (@hirastop) October 21, 2015
There’s a kabah and musjid emoji omggggg
— mrs. leather sofa (@saba_sacho) October 21, 2015
@akaashkeiji I WAS JUST GONNA SAY ISNT THERE A MOSQUE AND KABAH EMOJI so nice
— seijou stan® (@_iwaizumi) October 21, 2015
GUYS WE GOT A KABAH EMOJI!!! WE GOT A KABAH EMOJIII!!!!!!!!!!!
— Momin (@mominnn) October 22, 2015
THEY HAVE THE KABAH AND A MASJID EMOJI my heart is filled w love
— انيلا (@xakmx_) October 22, 2015
Update has a masjid & a Kabah emoji.. That’s live.
— Yung $now ❄️ (@snowberjaura) October 22, 2015
THEY HAVE AN EMOJI FOR THE KABAH
— Maneeta (@lilcurrylover) October 22, 2015
I’m so happy there’s a a kabah and mosque emoji my heart
— biskut gula (@enticingniall) October 22, 2015
we got a kabba emoji
— Aherbo$ (@_alannaaaaa) October 12, 2015
OMG they have the a kabba emoji
— shizzlemynizzle (@SheeSheeBby) October 22, 2015
YO WHAT THERES A KABBA EMOJI
— saman (@samannnx) October 22, 2015
The mosque and Kabba emoji Are the best thing ever #saudi
— ايمانا (@BarikEmana) October 23, 2015