The Unicode consortium announced today that it will delay version 14 of the Unicode standard by six months due to the effects of the ongoing pandemic. The delay affects emoji that should be included as part of the update.  Unicode 13 Emoji image via Emojipedia
"Under the current circumstances, we have heard that our contributors have a lot on their plate at the moment and decided that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and the organizations that the Standard depend on moving our release date, "said Mark Davis, president of the consortium. "This year, we simply cannot commit to the same schedule that we have followed in the past."
The delay has no effect on the Unicode 1
Unicode 13 characters are expected. Acquired by Apple in the fall, possibly in an update to iOS 14. Typically, Apple takes several months to design new emoji character graphics that are approved with each new iteration.
The Unicode consortium is also examining whether this is possible. Publishing new emoji sequences in a smaller version of Emoji 13.1, as these emoji use combinations of existing emoji and can be implemented on a separate schedule.
The consortium is examining whether it is possible to release emoji sequences in an emoji 13.1 version. These sequences use existing characters. An example from Emoji 13.0 is the black cat, which internally is a combination of the cat emoji and the black large square emoji. Since sequences are only based on combinations of existing characters in the Unicode standard, they can be implemented on a separate schedule and do not require a new version of Unicode or the coding of new characters. Such a version of Emoji 13.1 would appear in time for publication on mobile phones in 2021.
The Unicode 14 delay means that emoji characters that we expected Apple to take over in the fall of 2021 will be pushed back for six months. Due to the delay, the Unicode consortium accepted new emoji character suggestions for the Emoji 14 update until September 2020.
After emoji 13 characters were implemented this fall, there will be no new emoji on the iPhone until 2022. ]