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Apple’s AI can make custom emoji and images

A photo of Apple’s custom “Genmoji” in iOS 18.
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…

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