CUPERTINO, Calif. (KOIN 6) — iPhone and iPad users have something to look forward to — new, racially diverse emojis will soon be available on Apple devices.
News of more racially diverse emojis first came last March, after many complained of limited illustrations for people of color. Monday, Apple revealed over 300 new emojis with the upcoming release of iOS 8.3, which is currently being tested by software developers.
With the new update, most human-looking emojis will feature a skin tone option. By tapping on the emoji and holding it down, users will notice six new skin color selections. The Unicode Consortium, which sets international rules for text and characters, released updated emoji standards in November that included a skin tone palette.
The update will provide Apple users with a wide variety of new emojis — including 32 flags, an Apple Watch and a new iPhone 6. The new emojis will also cover a wide range of family dynamics, including same-sex couples, and even allow users to customize Santa Claus’ skin color.
There is currently no release date for iOS 8.3 or OS X 10.10.3, but Apple is expected to kick-off a public beta program this March.