Apple Drop Gender-Neutral Emojis

Apple Drop Gender-Neutral Emojis

Apple’s new emojis are focused on diversity and inclusion.

Apple’s new emojis are focused on diversity and inclusion.

Text: Paul Madley

Apple has finally created gender-neutral emojis which is long overdue. The news first broke back in July, when Apple announced on World Emoji Day their plan to make emojis more inclusive. Apple also shared a snippet of what we could expect to see. With their latest update, iOS 13.2 nearly 400 brand new emojis were added to the apple keypad.

As well as gender-neutral/inclusive emojis, Apple has also addressed the issue of visibility for other communities. Representation for people with disabilities have been lacking and the company is starting to make headway. Some of the new emojis are of a guide dog, a wheelchair user and prosthetic limbs. In a recent press statement, Apple said, “Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard”.

Apple has also expanded its range of skin colors with people emojis, giving the user more options to personal texts, status updates, and tweets. A large section of the new updates includes people holding hands, there are more skin tones to choose from. This also includes skin tones for people of nonspecific gender.

Inclusivity is key and similar updates have been made by Google and JoyPixels in recent months.

Check out some of the new emoji updates below.

Apple's new emojis
Credits: Photos courtesy of Apple

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