Apple has launched a series of more than 100 new and updated emojis.
Apple doesn’t create emojis; they’re made by the independent Unicode Consortium, which standardizes the way emoji characters are encoded so that they can appear on a series of platforms, including iOS and Android.
In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads on the opening day of the annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. These emojis were seen by many as a violation of Russia’s law against “gay propaganda”.
iOS 10 emoji has been updated recently to include variations of redesigned icons and a handful of emoji to better represent the smartphone-using population. There are two different gender options showing single-parent families.
The water pistol emoji looks like toy-like and has been praised by anti-gun campaigners as it comes in the wake of ongoing gun violence in the USA – there have also been incidents of shootings in the Philippines and Malaysia as of late. As part of the new inclusions, users will also be presented with female cyclist, female weightlifter, female detective, female construction worker and female swimmer. Not to mention, there is a new set of skin tones; to add to the overhaul of old emojis.
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This fall’s iOS 10 rollout will bring big changes to the way iPhone and iPad users interact with emoji, but Apple wants to make sure that diversity doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.