This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Apple’s original emoji launch. They were first released in Japan on November of 2008, shortly after my internship at Apple concluded. I had no idea that within a few months of completing such project, it would revolutionize our culture’s way of communicating or how the emoji would physically appear everywhere.
This is a fun look back at the creation of emoji for iOS back in 2008. It’s also a little crazy to think of a time where we had the iPhone but did not have emoji.