300 new, diverse emojis coming with Apple update

Racially diverse emojis expected with iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad users

iPhone and iPad users will have access to a diverse selection of emojis in iOS8.3 (Courtesy, Cult of Mac)
iPhone and iPad users will have access to a diverse selection of emojis in iOS8.3 (Courtesy, Cult of Mac)

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.

The iOS 8.3 update will include the option to change an emoji's skin color. (Apple)
iOS 8.3 will include the option to change an emoji’s skin color by holding down on the icon. (Apple)

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.

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The iOS 8.3 software update will also include more diverse family emoji options. (Apple)

 

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.

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