These are Apple’s new, diverse emoji

Author

Owen Williams

February 24, 2015

This article originally appeared on The Next Web

Apple has today delivered a new beta of OS X to developers that comes with a major new feature: diverse emoji.

A tipster sent in these screenshots of the new emoji palette found in OS X 10.10.3. You can now click and hold on any emoji to change the skin tone. The same emoji are appearing in iOS 8.3 beta 2 as well.


picker These are Apples new, diverse emoji

@ispazio nuove emoji iOS 8.3 b2 pic.twitter.com/dgNhJrwwov

— Andrea Luppichini (@AndLup) February 23, 2015

There’s a ton of new family emojis to cover off different family composition.


family These are Apples new, diverse emoji

Any emoji in the “people” set that looks like a human can be changed by clicking and holding.


Screen Shot 2015 02 24 at 8.37.58 am These are Apples new, diverse emoji

There’s also a bunch of new country flags.


coutnry These are Apples new, diverse emoji

The watch emoji also got a curious update: it’s now an Apple Watch.


watch These are Apples new, diverse emoji

The phone emoji also received an update to match the iPhone 6 and the new iOS style.


phone These are Apples new, diverse emoji

The new emoji were made possible thanks to a change in the Unicode standard called the “skin tone modifier” which allows users to select the tone of compatible emoji.

There’s no release date for iOS 8.3 or OS X 10.10.3 yet, but Apple is reportedly planning a public beta program which will kick off in mid-March.

Spotted any new emoji we don’t have here? Let us know in the comments!

This article was written by Owen Williams from The Next Web and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Great ! Thanks for your subscription !

You will soon receive the first Content Loop Newsletter