On Tuesday, Apple held its long awaited presentation on what the future of Apple looks like. Announcing the iPhone X, the first of their products to feature facial recognition software, it was a big day for the company. If you are like me and the tone behind your messages is often lost through text messages or e-mail, there's another reason to get excited. I rely heavily on emojis to ensure that tone is translated as best as it can be, but sometimes emojis just aren't enough and I end up giving the wrong impression. Well, it's time to say goodbye to awkward conversations explaining what that comment really meant, because Apple's animojis will be the solution to all our messaging problems.
How will animojis make life so much better? The emoji upgrade will allow the user to translate their facial expressions and voice into a 3-D emoji — the animoji. So seriously, how can you get animojis today?
As part of its presentation, Apple announced that animojis would roll out as part of the iPhone X software. The exciting new iPhone X is going to be equipped with a 3-D camera, allowing for facial recognition software, among other tools. The camera will allow the user to be projected through the emoji, leading to the animojis coming in to play.
Curious how it will work? The camera follows your facial movements allowing the animoji to mimic you. "The TrueDepth camera brings emoji to life in a fun new way with animoji. Working with A11 Bionic, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more," Apple said in a press release.
How To Activate The Animoji
Animoji is used by putting your face in line with the facial ID software and allowing it to register your expressions and movements. These animoji can recognize and duplicate movements such as lowering your left brow or rolling your upper lip.
My personal favorite is sneer left, aka shooting someone an annoyed look when they deserve it — something my monkey emoji is going to be doing a lot.
What Emojis Have Been Animated?
While we can only hope that more options are coming, so far Apple has only released a limited selection of animojis. The animoji available for use on the iPhone X include the monkey, unicorn, robot, dog, pig, cat, dog, and the pile of poop.
You Can Add Voice Recordings To The Animojis
Beyond the amazing fact that you can manipulate their expressions, you can also have your animoji talk for you. That's right — you can now send your friends a talking animoji of you. The true definition of living your best life. Facetime will soon be a thing of the past, because why make yourself look presentable when the animoji can communicate for you?
Here's When Animojis Will Be Released
Unfortunately animojis are exclusive to the iPhone X as the 3-D camera is necessary for facial recognition. Though it was announced alongside the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8S on September 12, the iPhone X won't be released until November 3, meaning animojis will also not be available until then. If you're feeling eager — and it's hard to imagine you're not — pre-order will begin a few days earlier on October 27. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8S are set to come out much sooner with a pre-order on September 15 and a release date of September 22. Both are, sadly, animoji-less.
While November 3 seems like a long time away, it might be for the best considering you may have to save up some money first. The iPhone X comes at a pretty hefty price tag, with your options being $999 for 64 GB of storage and $1,149 for 256 GB of storage. Wow — 256 GB — I think that might just give you enough room to save all your animoji videos.
Circle the date on your calendar people because, come November 3, it's animoji time.