It was originally announce in June that new emojis would be heading to iPhones around July 16th in honor of World Emoji Day, but as you can see, it still hasn't arrived and it is currently October!
Apple announced on Tuesday, Oct. 2 that the emojis are available in public beta previews of iOS 12.1 right now. So, if you're a public beta user, you can get them ASAP! Just update your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac and they'll show up.
However, if you're not a beta user, you won't see the emojis until they're released to the public, which hasn't happened yet. And, unfortunately, there's no word yet from Apple on when that will happen.
It's possible the software could roll out on all devices later this month. Emojipedia has also predicted that the new emojis will be released between September and December, so it could be any day now.
What emojis will you get when you (finally) get that update to iOS 12.1? The highly-anticipated redhead emojis will be included, as will the bagel, cupcake, and the nazar amulet. You'll also see a lacrosse stick, softball, lobster, and hiking boot.Thousands of emoji are currently available on iOS, watchOS and macOS, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more. New emoji characters are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 11.0. Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more disability-themed emoji to the keyboard for Unicode 12.0, slated for release in 2019.
At this point, we just have to cross our fingers it will be soon and be patient!