The mask emoji
has typically been used to represent someone who is in the medical field or is sick.
However, with masks becoming ubiquitous due to the pandemic, Apple is changing the emoji’s look in the upcoming iOS 14.2 update so that it doesn’t look quite as sad, according to Emojipedia
Directly comparing the mask emoji to Apple’s smiling face emoji, the similarity between the two are obvious. The new mask emoji is essentially the smiling face with a mask on. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is smiling, the emoji doesn’t look quite as cheerless as it does now.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
The mask emoji was first added to iOS in 2008
and to Android in 2012
, according to Emojipedia.
Samsung has beaten Apple to the punch, updating its mask emoji
in March to have more cheerful looking eyes.
Apple iOS 14.2 is currently in beta, and the company is yet to announce a release date.