Among the new pictograms the company has showed off are "bearded person" and "breastfeeding", and food items such as "sandwich" and "coconut".
"The new emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more", Apple wrote in a post.
The sneak peak, shared in celebration of World Emoji Day, includes everything from male and female zombies to an exploding head smiley face and a breastfeeding woman.
No matter, Apple's emoji library is about to get a lot more expansive. "As a result, our emoji became inconsistent between old and new designs, making it hard to quickly scan the keyboard to find the right emoji".
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The new additions feature more inclusive roles for women, such as one wearing a headscarf and another breast-feeding.
If you are writing a message today (17 July) that contains emojis, congratulations, you are celebrating World Emoji Day.
And it's not clear whether the cool T-Rex is a chap or lady.
Together, the 56 new emoji bring the total number available to 239.