New Emojis Are Headed Our Way In 2019, And They’re More Diverse Than Ever
It’s a new year, which means a new set of emojis to bless our keyboards. This is the sixth major update for the emoji keyboard since 2014, and it does not disappoint. After all the variations are considered, a total of 230 new emojis will be added. The main difference in the 2019 update is diversity and inclusion.
Getting Inclusive In 2019
Last year, Apple suggested a new suite of “accessibility emojis” to Unicode Consortium, the organization that manages emoji standards. “Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” Apple stated in its proposal.
And boy, did Unicode deliver. A wide array of new accessibility emojis will be added this year, including people with probing canes, people in manual and motorized wheelchairs, deaf people, mechanical limbs, and guide dogs.
Diving Deeper Into Diversity
People with disabilities weren’t the only ones included in the new emoji release. For the first time, gender-inclusive emojis that are holding hands have been added to the mix. Previously, only men and women emojis were seen holding hands.
What’s more, the emojis holding hands are supported by a wide array of skin tones, giving interracial couples adequate representation.
Flamingos, And Orangutans, And Sloths, Oh My!
And of course, what would emojis be without some oddly-specific food or animal additions. After all, you never really know when you’ll need to throw in a sloth emoji into the conversation to keep things interesting. The recent Polar Vortex sweeping parts of the midwestern United States also justifies the ice cube’s place in the new emoji launch.
Check out the video below to see all of the new emojis for 2019.
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