Apple is set to roll out a new emoji-centric UI feature to iOS 9 that will replace the traditional emoji, but won’t replace the keyboard shortcut.
In a post on Apple’s blog today, CEO Tim Cook wrote that the feature will be introduced in iOS 8.3, and that it will replace “emoji in iOS apps that are intended for non-emoji keyboards.”
Apple says it “doesn’t plan to add emoji support for nonkeyboard keyboards” in future updates to iOS.
We’re making a significant commitment to make iOS more emoji-friendly, Cook wrote.
The emoji keyboard shortcut will be the first to be moved to iOS, and we’re going to bring it to your keyboards as soon as possible.
We want you to feel the joy of typing the word ‘happy’ or ‘happy holidays,’ without feeling like your computer is being hijacked.