It's taken quite a while, y'all, but it's finally here: Apple just unveiled its highly anticipated iOS 13.2 update, which was introduced earlier this year in summer 2019... and it includes a slew of new, extra inclusive emojis.
Yes, you heard that loud and clear, friends — Apple is now offering gender-neutral emojis, interracial couple emojis, and even emojis with disabilities. So it's safe to say that I'm psyched beyond belief.
Apple now offers 457 gender-neutral emojis.
iOS 13.2 definitely doesn't disappoint in the emoji department — for starters, they have a number of new gender-neutral emojis. According to Emojipedia, 255 emoji designs were modified to present gender-neutral options for their person-focused emojis.
Now, combined with gender-neutral options from previous updates, Apple officially offers a total of 457 gender-neutral designs. Pretty sweet, right?
Additionally, according to CNN, the update includes a wide range of interracial couple emojis. Now, when you navigate to the emoji that features two people holding hands, there are various skin tone combinations for heterosexual couples, gay, and lesbian couples.
Check out what you'll now be able to choose from, below.
iOS 13.2 also includes an array of disability-themed emoji options, according to CNN. The emoji library will now include prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, canes, seeing-eye dogs, and a variety of wheelchairs.
According to Apple's Accessibility Proposal from March 2018, the brand felt the need to represent a wider range of options for Apple users. So, they spoke with a number of organizations for people with disabilities before submitting their ideas.
"... Emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities. Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all," Apple stated in its proposal.
Check out some of the new disability-themed emoji options, below.
In addition to Apple's new extra inclusive emojis, according to Emojipedia, iOS 13.2 will also offer a variety of new food options, including falafel, a stick of butter, a juice box, and an ice cube.
And if you don't think I'll be using that falafel emoji on a regular basis, you are sorely mistaken.
If you were planning on getting Apple's new AirPods Pro, you'll be required to update to iOS 13.2 — according to a press release, the noise-canceling wireless earbuds are only compatible with the latest update for iPhone 11.
So, if you're planning on getting the new headphones, you can also expect a variety of new emojis. You're welcome.
It's beyond exciting to see that Apple's emoji library is undergoing an inclusivity glow-up — it's important to have a variety of emojis that all of the brand's users can relate to, and TBH, I think it's what everyone needed right about now.
The introduction of gender-neutral, interracial, and disability-themed emojis is bound to make a lot of people happy, so update that smart phone of yours and explore everything the emoji library has to offer.
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