Apple to Launch More Diverse Emojis

You’ll have access to 100 new emojis this fall.

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It’s been a big few months in the world of emojis: In June, Facebook launched more diverse emojis. Shortly after, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee agreed to add professional emojis with both male and female options following a proposal submitted by Google. And now, Apple has announced it will add 100 new emojis that focus on gender equality to iOS 10, which launches this fall.

The update features redesigns of popular emojis, as well as female versions of existing professional and athletic emojis, including the detective, the engineer, the surfer, and the weight lifter. There will also be a wider range of family units, including a mother and son and a father and two children. The skin tone of the new emojis can be changed, too. 

The update also reflects broader conversations occurring today: A rainbow flag will be added to show support for the LGBTQ community and a green toy gun will replace the rifle. 

Though developers can access the full roster of new emojis in the iOS 10 preview, the rest of us will have to wait until the fall.