Gender neutral emojis have officially arrived in Apple's latest iOS update

Oct 29 2019, 9:46 am

The newest Apple iOS update includes gender-neutral emojis.

Emojipedia, an online database and emoji library, says the iOS 13.2 update adds 398 new emoji designs to the Apple keyboard.

Emojipedia notes update has also modified 265 emojis, with 255 emojis presenting in “a more gender-neutral fashion.”

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Gender-neutral emoji designs on iOS 13.2/ Emojipedia

According to Emojipedia, the gender-neutral changes make Apple’s emojis “more consistent” with the way  Unicode Consortium — the non-profit organization that decides which new emojis will be released — defines “person-focused emojis that do not specifically cite a gender.”

Earlier this year, Google also released an update introducing its version of gender-neutral emojis.

Other new emojis include 67 “accessibility-focused” characters after Apple requested Unicode Consortium add the emojis to “better represent individuals with disabilities” in March 2018.

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There’s also a feature that will allow users to select multiple skin-tones in a single emoji, allowing for mixed-race and mixed-gender couples.

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Other additions include eight new animals, a yawning face, a waffle, butter, and a falafel plate with hummus. Happy emoji-ing. 👍

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