Fifty-nine new emoji designs will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Thousands of emoji are currently available, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, more professions, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more. New emoji are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0.
Apple highlights a new Holding Hands emoji that will let users select any combination of skin tone and gender, opening up more than 75 possible combinations.
There's also new disability-themed emoji that include a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg.
"Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard."
Other emoji include a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, and new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk.
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