iPhone Introduces 398 New Emojis Including a Period Icon
iPhone's latest iOS 13.2 update will provide users with 398 new emojis.
This includes non-binary versions of nearly every human emoji, ways to select multiple skin tones in a single emoji, and a blood drop to represent menstruation.
A period emoji
A lot of these emojis were long-awaited such as the period one. Organizations around the world are celebrating it as a key step forward for girls' rights.
It’s time to celebrate🎉the blood drop emoji's arrival!— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) October 29, 2019
A #PeriodEmoji makes it easier for women & girls to talk about their periods & helps break down #PeriodStigma 🩸
To access yours, download the IOS update today📱
More about our work here➡️https://t.co/tmTptkATl1 pic.twitter.com/zSNU02kO4d
In the meantime, the non-binary emojis have been met with mixed criticism.
Some applaud Apple's efforts to be more gender-inclusive. Others feel that it is pushing a stereotype of what gender non-conforming people look like.
I feel very critical of this bc i feel like it reinforces the idea that nonbinary/gnc people should have a particular look ? Like how do u determine that these emojis are how gender-neutrality should be represented or that these emojis even represent most gnc people https://t.co/S0zyDMXliU— s*nya (@lavenderblunt) October 28, 2019
In an effort to create more inclusive emojis, Apple also included a wheelchair, a hearing aid, and an artificial limb emoji, which it previewed back in July, on World Emoji Day.
Cute and fun
Not all the new additions are political, though. Some are just cute and fun, like the oysters, otters, flamingos, and guide dogs.
There are also more food options such as an onion, a waffle, and a plate of falafel. Yum!
Finally, Apple now offers the option to select multiple skin tones in a single emoji. The process is simple and straightforward and is illustrated in the tweet below.
📱👆New emoji picker in iOS 13.2 for selecting multiple skin tones in a single emoji. A clean implementation which will scale well to 🤝👩❤️👨👩❤️👩👨❤️👨👩❤️💋👨👩❤️💋👩👨❤️💋👨👨👩👦👨👩👧👨👩👧👦👨👩👦👦👨👩👧👧👩👩👦👩👩👧👩👩👧👦👩👩👦👦👩👩👧👧👨👨👧👨👨👧👨👨👧👦👨👨👦👦👨👨👧👧👩👦👩👧👩👧👦👩👦👦👩👧👧👨👦👨👧👨👧👦👨👦👦 in future pic.twitter.com/KqJZGFuZFH— Jeremy Burge (@jeremyburge) October 10, 2019
Criticism or not, we are all pretty excited about these forward-thinking, edgy and downright adorable emojis and can't wait to see what the next update has in store.