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Apple Is Planning To Make More Diverse Emoticons

And by diverse, we mean ethnically, not just emotionally or creatively

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Mar 2014

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Apple users will be able to immediately relate to this, but for those of you unfamiliar with the range of emoticons available on Apple's soft keyboards (touch screen keyboards), the human characters are almost all of Caucasian decent.

A recent tweet from Baby Daddy star Tahj Mowry brought up this lack of ethnic diversity. Tahj wrote "It makes me mad that there are no black emojis", prompting MTV to write to Apple CEO, Tim Cook.

In response, Katie Cotton, Apple's vice president of worldwide corporate communications wrote "We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms...we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."

So far, there are only two emoticons that look remotely Asian. Knowing that Apple is working on an update, we are excited to see what the electronics giant comes up with. It's a small step towards a more equal representation of all races on a digital platform, but a step nonetheless.

Looks like people still take their emoticons seriously. And with Karl Lagerfeld having put his gloved hand into emoticon design recently, it looks like the pictorial language is far from endangered.


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