Apple Replaces Pistol Emoji with Water Gun, and More

Apple Replaces Pistol Emoji with Water Gun, and More

New emoji will also be more gender inclusive

New emoji will also be more gender inclusive

Text: Ian David Monroe

This September, with the rollout of Apple’s new iOS 10, the pistol emoji will be replaced with a water gun, and more gender inclusive emoji will diversify previous offering. Apple claims these changes are “to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere.”

For starters, a single mother and single father emoji have been added, which will reflect the almost 14 million single parents in the United States alone. Popular activity emoji like the surfer, the weightlifter, the detective, the cyclist, and the runner, have also been updated with female characters. A rainbow flag has also been added to the lexicon, which represents the LGBT community, especially at a time of increased support from the U.S.

While the previously mentioned emoji are simply added to already existing characters, the water gun is a replacement to the pistol. This change comes amid growing concerns in the United States over gun violence.

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