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Apple Is Rolling Out Racially Diverse Emoji This Spring


February 23, 2015

Jesse Hill, the music industry's go-to guy for cute emoji videos, recently admitted to FADER that the lack of diverse emoji tested in his "emoji ethics" when he was commissioned to make a video for Kendrick Lamar's "i." "I definitely thought, 'I don't want to use white emojis to represent the voice of Kendrick Lamar.' But I failed—I ended up using the white arm," he confessed. Next time—if there is a next time—he won't face those problems. According to TheNextWeb, a forthcoming iOS update that was released to developers today is set to include a new emoji palate that will allow users to chose from six new skin tones on all flesh-having emojis—the smilies, the princesses, the thumbs up, the Santa Claus, and so on. The new set of emoji will be released with the iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 updates, and will roll out for all users in the spring.

Posted: February 23, 2015
Apple Is Rolling Out Racially Diverse Emoji This Spring