Get ready for some new emojis on your keyboards! Apple announced on Aug. 1 that there will be a variety of new icons once iOS 10 is available for download this fall, and we have the scoop on all the big changes!
“This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options,” Apple said in a statement. “Apple is working closely with the Unicode Consortium to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere.”
Yep, diversity is definitely the theme here: There are female athletes of all different races featured, as well as families with same sex couples and other emojis representing same-sex relationships. As noted in the statement, there’s also a gay pride flag.
Considering gun violence has been such a big issue recently, the gun emoji has also been changed to a water gun, which is a very tasteful change. The other new additions have more to do with the looks of emojis we’ve always known and loved: For example, the cat face emojis’ faces have been updated to have more detail and different shadowing, and regular smiley faces have been made flatter and more of a pastel yellow.
There have also been refinements to the haircut emojis, along with the dancing duo — there’s now an option with two guys, as well! — among others.
The exact release date for iOS 10 has not been revealed yet, but it is expected to come sometime in September. Of course, emojis are just one of the big changes coming, and we can’t wait to see how this changes user experience for the best once fall rolls around!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited about the new emojis? Will you be downloading iOS 10?