Apple Planning to Add More Diversity to Emoji Character Set

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    Apple has plans to expand its emoji set to include emojis that are non-caucasian, according to Apple's vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, who spoke to MTV Act (via The Verge). The company says it is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more characters to its emoji offerings.

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    After originating in Japan, emoji were incorporated into Unicode, which allowed them to be used on multiple platforms. The character set has largely featured caucasian icons, however, which Apple aims to change.

    Apple's last change to emojis came with iOS 6, when the company added additional characters and made emoji accessible to all users. Previously, special apps were required to access emoji on iOS. iOS 7, released in late 2013, did not include any new emoji, but it is possible Apple could make some changes to the characters with iOS 8 later this year.

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    just dont get rid of my most used emoji..

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    Cork asian; an Irish Indian :p

    Better not upset the PC crowd - better create smileys for EVERY civilisation, if this is to be taken seriously, or there'll be a riot at PC-correctness towers.

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    FakeWozniak

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    There's a standards body responsible for emoji!!!! :confused:
     
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    Too many people I know use that as a substitute to the missing African-American emoji. Proof we could use a little change.
     
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    Not enough cats.
     
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    Rogifan

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    So will we have as many new emoji as Facebook has gender options?
     
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    Yep. They'd better add ALL cat species to the set, or it'll be "unfair" :D
     
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    Android converts

    This is THE feature that's finally going to get Android users to switch over to iOS!!!

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    I never used human looking emojis beyond the standard yellow ones :/
     
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    Can we get a motorcycle one?
     
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    Followup

    The best part is that in a 6-12 months we can see a follow up article that tells us that it finally happened and it'll had links back to this one ("as previously mentioned").

    I used to get SO excited when I'd see new MacRumors articles in my feedreader...

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    okay...i guess?
     
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    Being white, predictably, I didn't recognize the lack of diversity.
     
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    Yup, me too.
     
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    Or bunnies ....[​IMG]
     
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    I'd like to see a Steve Jobs emoji. :apple:
     
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    i don't use it to substitute anything. i just use it cause it's creepy and funny lol.

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    We don't need more races, we need more yellow faces and animals!
     
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    Gosh, the cartoon faces in that picture are hideous. I think I'd consider it an honour not to have my ethnic group featured in that style!
     
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    Any characters added to Unicode would also be available for other platforms to use, so unless Google is anti-diversity they'll get them too (but you might need to buy a new phone to get the update).

    I think this is going to make it more necessary to rethink how emoji is accessed on the keyboard though. It's already a pain to switch keyboard sets back and forth. There should be an emoji button on the main language keyboards, and perhaps text shortcodes like :grin or :cat to quickly substitute them in without having to hunt for the icon.
     
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    Please no.
     
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    That is a racist comment... we need green faces too, and blue... oh and don't forget purple and red. I mean those are the colors that MacRumor uses. Basically, we should have all the emoticons in all 64 colors from the 64 crayon Crayola box.

    On a more serious note, it seems to me that in my circle it is only the younger in the crowd that use pictorial emoticons. At best, my group has mastered the text based smiley face. Although there is a debate between :) and :) among the less techy folks in the group.
     
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    You really crack me up Daniel Carver.
     
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    Jesus, people. Really? How the hell does a thread about the Emoji set get sent down to PRSI? Are we really that damn obnoxious?
     

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