Apple emoji go racially diverse

Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of emoji cartoon faces used to liven up text and email messages, ne
Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of emoji cartoon faces used to liven up text and email messages, news

Smiley emoji, sad emoji, hearts emoji, and now, for the first time, racially diverse emoji.

Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of the cartoon faces used to liven up text and , news reports said.

In its next update of the icons, the faces will be available in six different skin tones, US media reported late Monday.

CNN's website said these are just some of 300 new emojis included in the latest developer version of iOS 8.3.

But the new icons won't be available to the public until the update is released later this year, CNN added.

The task is not simple. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms.

Emoji originated in Japan and were added to the Unicode Standard in 2010, CNN said, and Apple first included them in iOS in 2011.

"Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us," said an Apple spokesperson, according to CNN.

The Unicode Consortium sets international rules for text and characters to insure consistency across platforms.

Major companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and IBM use it.

This allows people to send, say, an emoji from an iPhone to someone with an Android device and it is still readable.


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Feb 24, 2015
I think that the expression "non-white faces" is unfortunate and verges on being insulting to the very people it is meant to include.

Feb 24, 2015
Most of emotions are biased toward yellow race already. Is it just an accident?

Feb 25, 2015
The original type font ones were gender and race neutral... How more politically correct can you get than that?

Feb 25, 2015
Politically correct people are the biggest morons in the world. Some PC dolt at Apple thinks emocons should be racial,... and now some Asians are upset because their respective emoji's are yellow. LOL.

Apple better make them with adjustable tones now. Appeasement of stupidity seems like the PC MOO. Typically, wrt race relations, the PC crowd are the biggest racists.

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