Facial recognition on iPhone X has been heralded as a huge development for mobile phone security and photography – but we’ll readily admit an equal excitement regarding its ability to animate these loveable critters using our facial expressions.     Apple are calling them ‘Animoji’, and you’ll be able to use them in the Messages app […]

Facial recognition on iPhone X has been heralded as a huge development for mobile phone security and photography – but we’ll readily admit an equal excitement regarding its ability to animate these loveable critters using our facial expressions.

 

 

Apple are calling them ‘Animoji’, and you’ll be able to use them in the Messages app or save them into your own phone. The likes of a fox, robot, pig – and yes a poo – reproduce your expressions and speak your words; basically perfect for when you want to make sure your complicated, modern-life emotions are conveyed with the words (or hide an awkward message behind a cutsey lil’ mask).

It’s all down to the True Depth camera at the front of the iPhone X, which maps as many as 50 of your facial movements, converting them into a looping mini-video which delivers your voice and expressions, handily omitting your bird’s nest barnet, stress acne or inexplicable chin hair. Score!

Here are the 7 best characters to express our 21st-century emotions – starting, of course, with the dominant force behind most internet-based communications…

OMGness

When a revelation really, truly blows your mind, you’re going to need to put down your go-to ‘Mind Blown’ GIF of that bit from Scanners. From now on, the only way of conveying your spoken astonishment will be via this Alien, which looks as if it’s been flicking through some TV channels and chanced upon that dating show where everyone gets naked.

Alien Animojivia Apple

Going there

Someone has to, right? When someone says “Yeah, I went there” on your group chat it just happens to be coincidental that someone is always you. Why not mark that heady triumph at coming up with the choicest (read: most disgusting) of bon mots by delivering it in the guise of everyone’s favourite friendly Poo?

Poo Animojivia Apple

Feelz

When you’re feeling slighted, ignored, heartbroken – conditions which medical professionals classify under the umbrella term of ‘the feelz coming out’ – you’re going to want to reach out to your nearest and dearest for a restorative dose of love and attention. But who wants to see your Ugly Crying Face? No one, that’s who. That’s why we recommend hiding behind the plaintative eyes of the virtually extinct, cuddly-puddly Panda.

Panda Animojivia Apple

Snark

Let’s face it, we all have a little snark in us here and there – it’s just that group messaging can often bring it all out at once. When you have a devastating put-down or cutting observation to unleash, why not blame it on the pecky, clucky, cackly Chicken?

Chicken Animojivia Apple

4 realz!

If you need someone to know your sentiments are pure and entirely devoid of sarcasm, this vulpine cheerleader should be your first port of call. Look at this sweet lil’ gingersnap’s open face and shiny little eyes! It’s basically Michael J Fox, as a literal fox. Perfect for organising first dates and talking to anyone who hasn’t yet met your inner Chicken.

Fox Animojivia Apple

Bummed out

So someone’s let you down – perhaps via one of those shameful last minute “argh soz work” texts sent 20 minutes before you’re due to meet up. How can you elicit the maximum possible guilt with your reply without letting any martyrdom-quashing rage slip in? Be a wittle wuvly sadface Rabbit ;-((

Rabbit Animojivia Apple

Fabulousness

This one is for the sale-price sparkly shoes, the freshly-booked holiday and the meaningful look from your office crush in the elevator. Yes, if there’s something wonderful you want, nay NEED, to shout from the glittery, rainbow-strewn rooftops of your soul – chances are only a sassy Unicorn can speak on your behalf.

Unicorn animojivia Apple

 

So if you regularly experience any of these moments, only iPhone X can communicate them with the appropriate gravitas, sincerity or unicorns. You can read more about iPhone X‘s astonishing features – but if you can’t wait to send people videos of your Poo Face you can order the iPhone X now.