For those of us using the beta iOS platform, or the developer platform, we found a nice surprise in the recent iOS 10 update. The update has gender inclusiveness for many of its popular emojis such as police officer, haircut, cyclist, and even construction worker.
According to Apple:
More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this Fall with iOS 10. This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.
The new emoji come following changes to Unicode implemented in July by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which include male and female versions of 33 existing emoji. The change also included a range of new professions from scientist to doctor to cook, but Apple does not appear to have added these.
I’m sure the anti-feminist crowd will have an issue with this because it doesn’t affect their life in any way, and if they are not outraged, no one will pay attention to them.
I think they are great, and the nerd in me feels compelled to let you know iOS 10 is pretty awesome.