Apple releases racially diverse emojis

Update to OS X will see emoji people available in six shades

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Apple releases racially diverse emojis Previously there were only three characters which appeared to represent non-western people.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  February 25, 2015

Apple has released racially diverse emojis in six shades of skin.

According to The Guardian, citing a report from 9to5mac, Apple released beta updates to its OS X operating system this week, which included a redesigned emoji keyboard with long-awaited skin tone modifiers.

Previously there were only three characters which appeared to represent non-western people: a man wearing a cossack hat, a man with brown skin wearing a turban, and another man wearing a traditional Chinese skull cap, with noticeably smaller and more slanted eyes.

In the past there have been complaints about the lack of racial diversity in the emoji characters which has lead the Unicode Consortium, an industry body devoted to developing software standards, to add skin tone options.

There will be 300 new emoji characters added altogether but the updates are currently only available to testers until the official release in the coming months.

There is still no sign of a red-head emoji as yet.

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