Apple has added more than 70 new emojis for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users, including a bagel, a broom and a badger. 

The new emojis come with the release of the iOS 12.1 mobile software.

"Emoji are used by people all over the world to communicate," Apple said in a press release.

"iOS 12.1 brings even more characters to the keyboard that better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and nazar amulet."

There are also new emojis for sports fans, with softball, frisbee and lacrosse all represented in the new batch.

All of the emojis are based on characters approved by the Unicode Consortium and were released on 30 October to coincide with the launch of a new range of Apple products. 

"Sports fans will celebrate the addition of new emoji for softball and lacrosse, while outdoor adventurers will enjoy new characters for luggage, compass and a hiking boot," Apple said in a post detailing iOS 12.1.

"Beautifully designed characters for the llama, mosquito, kangaroo and lobster, and new food emoji, including a bagel, salt, cupcake, leafy greens and mango, are now available."

 

Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi displays a sampling of new Memoji avatars at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)

Earlier this year, Apple proposed a new line of "accessibility emojis", designed to represent people with different disabilities.

The 13 new emojis, which could be released in early 2019, include a guide dog, hearing aid and people using wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

"Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities," Apple's proposal for the emojis stated.

“One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability." 

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