New Apple emojis include bearded women, gay couples with different skin tones and jab
Tech giant Apple has unveiled a new set of emojis which include bearded women, gay couples with different skin tones and a jab.
The latest round of updated images also show climbers wearing safety helmets for the first time.
And they embrace diversity with a range of couples from different ethnic backgrounds as well as varying skin colours for those in heterosexual or same sex relationships.
Another first is a woman with a beard and a neutral person with a beard which join the existing man with a beard.
In a nod to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has changed its syringe with blood emoji to one with a pale liquid to represent the vaccination against Covid-19.
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Love hearts also get a makeover with the addition of a heart on fire and one with bandages across it.
Three new faces now appear in the line-up with one showing spiral eyes, one exhaling – or coughing – and one entitled face in clouds.
Apple has also changed the headphones image from a bulky over-ears set in black to a streamlined white version more akin to its latest Airpod Max headphones.
All 217 new or revamped emojis have been approved by regulator the Unicode Consortium and will be rolled out to iPhones with a systems update this Spring.
Website emojipedia, which documents the meaning of official images and characters said: “New emojis have arrived – these include a heart on fire, exhaling face, and gender options for the people with beards.”
And it added that 200 out of the 217 new emojis “are there to permit this more inclusive set of couples to be chosen from the emoji keyboard”.
Meanwhile, in November, the Mirror reported how iPhone users had been given access to 117 new emojis, with the release of iOS 14.2.
Emojipedia explained at the time: “iOS 14.2 now supports 3,292 emojis.
“This is up from 3,175 which have been available until now.
“This is the first public iOS release from Apple which includes the updated Face with Medical Mask with smiling eyes on the masked face, first seen in beta releases last month.”
The November update included two new faces – a smiling face with a tear, and a disguised face.
Gender variations for people were also expanded, allowing users to choose a male or female wearing a tuxedo, as well as a male or female bride.
Emojipedia explained: “Prior releases assigned a man to wear the tuxedo and a woman to wear a veil, but these have been reclassified by Unicode as gender neutral emojis in Emoji 13.0, paving the way for consistent options for women or men to wear either, in addition to the default person design.”
Several existing emoji were also altered in the iOS 14.2 update.
The cockroach and fly were made to look more realistic, while the ‘People Hugging’ emoji was altered to just show two silhouettes.
Emojipedia added in November: “The same new emojis are available in iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.2, tvOS 14.2 and the forthcoming macOS 11 Big Sur.
“Each requires a free software update for the respective platforms.”