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One of the Apple Intelligence features coming in iOS 18 is Genmoji, which will allow iPhone users to use AI to generate all-new emoji characters based on text input. The Genmoji will look similar to emoji, but are custom created, according to an iOS 18 WWDC session focused on Genmoji.

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Emoji are not images, but are instead pictographs that are encoded in the Unicode Standard and rendered by each platform. Emoji are added by the Unicode Consortium, which raised some questions about how Apple's Genmoji solution will work.

As it turns out, Apple has designed an NSAdaptiveImageGlyph API for Genmoji and also other images like stickers and Memoji, and this API makes them behave like emoji. It is powered by a standard image format in a square aspect ratio with support for multiple resolutions, and it is augmented with metadata. This setup means that Genmoji and other content using NSAdaptiveImageGlyph can be used with and formatted alongside regular text, similar to emoji.

Genmoji can be used alone, copied, pasted, and sent as stickers. They can be used inline with text, and they respect line height and text formatting. Anywhere that can support rich text can support Genmoji, according to Apple.

Genmoji are not Unicode and may not be appropriate for some data such as identifiers, phone numbers, email addresses, and will not be supported as widely as emoji. Prior versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, as well as apps that do not support rich text will denote Genmoji with a text description.

Apple Intelligence features like Genmoji are not yet in the iOS 18 developer beta, but Apple plans to let developers begin testing Apple Intelligence sometime this summer. Genmoji and Apple Intelligence will be available to the public this fall, but they will be limited to iPhone 15 Pro models and iPads and Macs with M-series chips.


Article Link: Apple Explains How iOS 18 Genmoji Work
 

Populus

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Would be an interesting statistic to see how many of us have disabled Memoji setting. :rolleyes:
It’s on my list of “settings to disable when restoring or setting up a new device”, right below disabling iCloud Photo.

care to share how to do that?
At least in my case, what I do is disable the Memoji stickers on the Emoji keyboard. It’s under Keyboard settings.
 

ipedro

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Glad that this is being standardized. Maybe they’ll finally be able to get a handle on the hundreds of Emojis in a keyboard. They’ve just gotten out of hand.

A series of generated emojis, both standard or Genmoji, should be offered above the keyboard depending on context, instead of scrolling through an unwieldy amount that exist today.

Hopefully this also puts an end to news on more and more emojis being added. Why create new standard emojis when any can be generated as needed?
 

nutriousmitten

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An answer to a question no one asked.

Not lost here is that if Apple can do some Apple-only/specific things like this with Emoji, that isn't compatible or be handled over the upcoming seemingly forced (getting ahead of some anti trust issues) switch to RCS, it will again keep people with Apple. Especially so when a large amount of people want to use these AI things and thus upgrade/ fork out a lot of money in September for an iPhone 16.
 

Rogifan

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Genmoji is ok but I think image playground is creepy and I’m really surprised Apple thought it was a good idea or felt they had to go there. It’s one thing to do a Memoji or cartoonish figure of yourself but being able to apply it to other people without their consent? No. Bad.
 

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I hate this. Genmoji is an example of someone in my profession losing a job in favor of inferior AI generated images, likely based on their actual work.

Image Playground? Bound to be utter garbage and another ready example of these AI systems eroding the value of true creativity.

Maybe most people haven’t noticed yet or maybe Apple really doesn’t know they’re doing it but adding generative image AI like this is a serious insult to designers who are Apple’s traditional core customer base.
 

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Image Playground? Bound to be utter garbage and another ready example of these AI systems eroding the value of true creativity.
I am not sure these oily, creepy looking GPT-generated images will actually make for a real competition when it comes to art, illustration and such. Each time I look at AI-generated imagery I get a headache – these have no focus point, no unique art style, no life! Because computer isn’t modelled similarly to how human eye works, it “sees” the 0s and 1s and some code maps that human put inside of them. Sure they will probably upgrade it in few years, but right now it is not really a nice contender, I think artists can enjoy and develop new styles for few years more
 
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I think this feature would be nice for young people, dino on surfing board looks kinda fun. As Phil Schiller recently said “I'm getting too old for this stuff”🤣
 
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This is maybe going to be fun to use for a quick laugh with friends? I don't know.

What I do know, is that all of the AI generative images/art/graphics done through Apple Intelligence is so ugly that I'll never use it in a professional or formal setting:

The specific art style it has looks like a hideous mix of the visuals you get in those mass produced shovelware mobile games that make up 90%+ of all apps/games on the App Store, and all the weird, cheaply made boot leg-ish cartoon and 3D animated videos that you find in some discount bin at Walmart or something.

Profoundly gaudy and very off-brand for Apple.

What baffles me is how Apple opted for this style instead of having it all adhere to the visual style of Animoji, Emoji and Memoji.

Yes, having those three different "-mojis" is already a bit too much. But at least all three adhere to some of the same design principles and thus look cohesive.

And a lot of people love to use Memojis on social media because they look great and clearly signify that you are an Apple user.

But with Genmoji and all the generative image stuff done by Apple Intelligence, the cohesion is broken.

I simply can't come to any other conclusion than Apple having added this very last minute and thus relying on AI image generation done through a model that Apple didn't develop themselves.

Extremely disappointing.
 

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I am not sure these oily, creepy looking GPT-generated images will actually make for a real competition when it comes to art, illustration and such. Each time I look at AI-generated imagery I get a headache – these have no focus point, no unique art style, no life! Because computer isn’t modelled similarly to how human eye works, it “sees” the 0s and 1s and some code maps that human put inside of them. Sure they will probably upgrade it in few years, but right now it is not really a nice contender, I think artists can enjoy and develop new styles for few years more

A few more years. Basically exactly what I’m saying. The writing is on the wall and Apple, the creative company, appears to be falling right in line.
 

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This is maybe going to be fun to use for a quick laugh with friends? I don't know.

What I do know, is that all of the AI generative images/art/graphics done through Apple Intelligence is so ugly that I'll never use it in a professional or formal setting:

The specific art style it has looks like a hideous mix of the visuals you get in those mass produced shovelware mobile games that make up 90%+ of all apps/games on the App Store, and all the weird, cheaply made boot leg-ish cartoon and 3D animated videos that you find in some discount bin at Walmart or something.

Profoundly gaudy and very off-brand for Apple.

What baffles me is how Apple opted for this style instead of having it all adhere to the visual style of Animoji, Emoji and Memoji.

Yes, having those three different "-mojis" is already a bit too much. But at least all three adhere to some of the same design principles and thus look cohesive.

And a lot of people love to use Memojis on social media because they look great and clearly signify that you are an Apple user.

But with Genmoji and all the generative image stuff done by Apple Intelligence, the cohesion is broken.

I simply can't come to any other conclusion than Apple having added this very last minute and thus relying on AI image generation done through a model that Apple didn't develop themselves.

Extremely disappointing.

Well, everyone who had actual taste at Apple either died or was fired/left over the last decade and this is the result. Tasteless garbage. Just like the heinous customizations they’re allowing on the iPhone Home Screen.
 
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