It’s World Emoji Day and Apple has taken the opportunity to unveil some of the new emoji that it announced at WWDC last month.
We’re pleased to report than in addition to the cute animals that we come to expect from new iOS rollouts, Apple has also added some new disability emojis.
These new inclusions come off the back of Apple’s proposal to the Unicode Committee in 2018, which approves new emoji.
The additions include a new guide dog, a prosthetic arm and leg, wheelchair options, an ear with a hearing aid, walking cane options, and signing options.
“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,” Apple said in a press release.
The holding hands emoji will also receive a major update, finally allowing more versatile customisation. Users will now be able to select from 75 different combinations when it comes to skin tone and gender.
Let’s hope that we continue to see even more diversity and recognition of different experiences when it comes to emoji and the way that people are able to express themselves online, including through emoji, in the future.
Other new emoji will include a sloth, flamingo, skunk, waffle and falafel.
The 59 new emoji will be available across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple watch later this year.