Hungry for a taco or burrito emoji? They’re coming — for real

By the end of the year, you may never have to type “t-a-c-o” on your phone again.

Amid the whirlwind of Apple news Wednesday (including a slew of new products, like an iPad big enough to use while reenacting the plot of “Cool Runnings”), tech site the Next Web reported that iPhone keyboards will contain many much-demanded emojis — including a taco, a burrito and a wedge of cheese — within Apple’s next couple of operating system upgrades.

Finally, a way to graphically represent queso in a text message is within reach.

In June, an update to Unicode (that’s the international standard for the digital representation of text and symbols) foretold of the taco emoji’s coming like a little yellow John the Baptist smiley face, according to Mashable. It was just a matter of when operating systems would adopt the new symbols.

Pictured: A thing that you can soon text as an emoji. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)
Pictured: A thing that you can soon text as an emoji. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)

According to the Next Web, the new emojis have been included in a beta version of iOS 9.1 that was made available for developers last week. Apple’s next iPhone operating system, iOS 9, will be available for public download this week, but the unwashed masses will have to wait until an unspecified date later this year for the point-one version.

We here at the American-Statesman have kept a pretty close eye on the promise of a taco emoji. First, an Austin company came up with their own app-based workaround last year. Then, Taco Bell got in on the demand, starting an online petition for an official version of the crunchy emoticon. An iOS 8.3 update brought some new much-needed emojis — like different skin tones for representations of people — but still no meat-filled treat.

Oh, and as far as the other emojis that the Next Web says are coming, we’re looking forward to the unicorn the fourth most.

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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