The mask-wearing emoji now appears to be smiling.
Before the global pandemic, the mask emoji was usually used to showcase illness. But now that mask-wearing has become the norm in countless countries, the mask emoji has become one of the most popular in 2020.
Apple updated its “face with medical mask” emoji with the release of its iOS 14.2 beta 2. The emoji now has friendlier eyes and rosy cheeks.
As Emojipedia pointed out, the updated emoji “no longer looks forlorn” and now “appears to be smiling.”
iOS 14.2 is currently in beta, with a public release coming in October or November 2020.
Samsung also made a similar change to the way the mask-wearing emoji looks on its phones back in March.