Apple’s AI can make custom emoji and images

Apple’s AI can make custom emoji and images


Apple Intelligence will let you make silly emoji of your own.

Photo: Allison Johnson / The Verge

Apple’s new “Apple Intelligence” AI features will let you make your own custom emoji and images, the company announced at WWDC 2024.

The custom emoji are called “Genmoji,” and they look like a lot of fun. In one example, during Monday’s keynote, Apple showed how the prompt “smiley relaxing wearing cucumbers” generates a yellow smiley face emoji with cucumbers over its eyes. If you don’t like the initial emoji that Apple makes, you can swipe to pick from a few different options.

The creation of official emoji is a pretty big process, so it’s nice that Apple is offering a way for users to create their own on the fly. (Google also offers a tool for users to create emoji with its Emoji Kitchen.)

There’s also a new “Image Playground” that lets you create images directly within different apps or from the Image Playground app. The examples Apple showed are all pretty cartoony, which could be a way to prevent people from making realistic AI-generated images like the swagged-out pope.

Genmoji and Image Playground will be coming to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia.

Jay Peters

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