iPhone emojis are incredibly popular, and they set the tone for all the other emoji. In the past years, Apple has added numerous updates, making the emoji gallery full of interesting choices. Most importantly, the updates made sure that emojis are as diverse as possible, so people of all genders and races can use them.
A new update is on its way, and it appears that it will make the emojis even more inclusive. “In the sixth major emoji update since 2014, much of the low hanging fruit has been addressed prior to this release,” explained Emojipedia in a new blog post. “Skin tone support was added to the Unicode Standard in 2015, increased representation of women in 2016, gender inclusive people in 2017and hair color additions in 2018.”
This time, Apple focused on groups that weren’t that well represented, including people with all sorts of disabilities. The new emojis include people in a wheelchair, people using the sign language, and even blind people.
“2019 expands the scope of people that can be represented, including people with various disabilities (proposed by Apple last year), a gender inclusive couple, as well emojis which permit a mix of skin tones for people holding hands.”
The new emoji update also proved to be a huge achievement for menstruation activists. For years they have been trying to bring a period emoji to iPhones and it appears that it will finally happen. Apple has come up with a blood drop emoji.
“Not only would a blood drop emoji be relevant for hundreds of millions of women and people who menstruate all around the world, it would also show that periods aren’t taboo and they are something we should be able to talk about openly and honestly,” declared Plan International.
There are numerous other new additions. Out of 230 emojis, there are 59 new separate additions. These include white and brown hears, a sloth, a flamingo, a bathing suit, a temple, a chair, a band-aid, a waffle, garlic, butter, onion, and more,
Laura Modin has lived in Las Cruces her whole life. Laura has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The The Santa Fe New Mexican. As a journalist for News Lair, Laura covers national and international developments.