New gay fam­ily emoji ap­pear on Ap­ple’s iOS 8.3 with var­i­ous races

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Users of the Ap­ple iPhone and iPad got a new palate of emoji on Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing a group of al­ter­na­tive or gay fam­ily il­lus­tra­tions.

The new emoji ap­peared on an up­date to Ap­ple’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing soft­ware, iOS 8.3, which was rolled out on Wed­nes­day. Some test ver­sions of the soft­ware had been in use since Fe­bru­ary.

The new emoji in­clude il­lus­tra­tions of fam­i­lies with fam­i­lies that in­clude two male par­ents or two fe­male par­ents.

The up­dated emo­jis also in­clude char­ac­ters of var­i­ous races, as pre­vi­ously an­nounced by the Uni­code Con­sor­tium which sets in­ter­na­tional rules for text and char­ac­ters to in­sure con­sis­tency across plat­forms.

Ap­ple made no com­ment about the up­date, but ear­lier this year in a state­ment to me­dia that it “sup­ports and cares deeply about di­ver­sity.”

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