Apple held up Telegram’s latest update

Telegram released a new update on Friday, just one day after Telegram CEO and founder Pavel Durov said the update had been in Apple’s app review for two weeks without explanation

The update is packed with emoji-related features, but one is missing because Apple specifically requested its removal, according to Durov. 

After extensive media coverage of my previous post, Apple got back to us with a demand to water down our pending Telegram update by removing Telemoji — higher quality

 vector-animated versions of the standard emoji, Durov wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday. “This is a puzzling move on Apple’s behalf, because Telemoji would have brought an entire new 

dimension to its static low-resolution emoji and would have significantly enriched their ecosystem. You can see the Telemoji in a short video included with Durov’s post

(and I’ve made a GIF of the video he shared). Personally, I think the Telemoji look like a lot of fun. I love how they bring the static emoji faces I know to life. But I think Apple has a problem with

another company changing their designs like this, which is probably why they asked Telegram to remove Telemoji from the update. Apple and Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, the update is packed with other new emoji improvements. Users who subscribe to Telegram's recently launched $4.99 premium service can upload custom emojis to use in chats with friends

and Telegram offers 10 custom packs with over 500 emojis to get you started. Free users can see any animated emoticons and use them in their saved messages.