We already talked about the verse 12.0 From emojis, which had its cards proposed a few months ago. Now, it is already in beta for debut in 2019 until then, manufacturers and developers will use this time to incorporate the news in their systems and adapt them to their own standards.
Another benefit of the trial version is that we already know exactly what is coming next year in terms of news in the increasingly extensive catalog of stickers. One of the focuses of this new launch of Consrcio Unicode is the improvement of representativeness: after many requests, the emojis representing families finally bring support to skin tones, in the same way as the individual stickers.
The editor-in-chief of the blog Emojipedia, Jeremy Burge, stated in an article detailing the news that support for black families and other skin tones has long been a priority in the development of stickers; yellow-skinned families were thought of as a neutral alternative, but are widely seen as white by users. Therefore, options that contemplate everyone are always welcome.
Other emojis, like the handshake and the fighters, will also start to support skin tones in 2019. In addition, we have drafts for other stickers that will arrive soon, including interracial couples, a sloth, a kite, a container of ch-mate (chimarro) and others.
Final decisions on Emoji 12.0 will be made in the next Unicode Technical Committee, meeting that will take place in January 2019; in the following two months the final adjustments will be made for a global launch of the update in March next year. From there, manufacturers like Apple can start supporting new stickers in their systems and services. In the case of Ma, most likely the schedule will always be repeated; we can expect them on iOS 13.1, macOS 10.15.1 and watchOS 6.1.