Apple releases the most 2021 emoji ever (and Twitter isn't happy)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and while the humble emoji might not be that advanced as a form of communication, it certainly has its uses (mainly when you can't be bothered to type). No wonder new additions are constantly being added to the current library of hundreds. But Apple might have just released the most topical emoji of them all.

The company has tweaked its existing 'syringe' icon, adapting it into a far less graphic 'vaccine' emoji. All it had to do, it seems, was remove the blood. The newly empty syringe is said to counter the misconception that vaccinations are in any way gruesome. Take a look at our best free graphic design software if you fancy creating an emoji of your own (it doesn't have to be a syringe).

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.