OS X 10.10.3 Puts More Focus on Emoji, Lays Groundwork for Skin Tone Modifiers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While the featured addition in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 developer seed was the new Photos app, Apple is addressing other issues with the forthcoming update, and one of these focus areas is emoji, which is seeing several changes and improvements.

    One immediately evident change is the menu option used to bring up the character palette where emoji and other symbols can be browsed and selected. The Character palette a is systemwide option generally accessed through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the menu item is called "Special Characters," while on OS X 10.10.3, it is labeled "Emoji & Symbols". The change offers a clearer description of what can be accessed through the menu item while specifically giving a strong visibility boost to emoji.

    Another significant change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3 is the apparent laying of groundwork to support skin tone modifiers proposed for the Unicode 8.0 standard. Apple noted almost a year ago that it was working with the Unicode Consortium to bring more diversity to emoji, and the proposed skin tone modifiers are a significant step in that direction. OS X 10.10.3 also appears to include a number of placeholders for new emoji in the character palette, but no images or descriptions have yet been added for these entries.

    Character palette showing placeholders for new emoji and an arrow on the "Man" emoji to provide access to skin tone options
    The skin tone modifier proposal would apply to certain skin-colored emoji, allowing users to select from a range of skin tones to best represent the message they wish to send via emoji. As can be seen in OS X 10.10.3, many of these skin-colored emoji now display an arrow that when clicked brings up a menu of options.

    Apparent incomplete implementation of skin tone modifier options for the "Man" emoji
    While the menu is currently non-functional, it does show the selected emoji followed by five instances of the emoji paired with a number one inside a black box. These are presumably incomplete implementations of skin tone modifiers, waiting for the Unicode Consortium to finalize its standards for Unicode 8.0. Just yesterday, the Unicode Technical Committee officially moved the technical report covering skin tone modifiers and other emoji changes for Unicode 8.0 to draft status, and Unicode 8.0 itself has been approved for beta release.

    In one other change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3, the pop-up emoji picker available in many apps has been transitioned from a paginated layout to a single larger vertical-scrolling page. Under OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the various emoji categories are contained on separate pages within the picker, with users needing to click on a toolbar along the bottom to change pages.

    Emoji picker in OS X 10.10.2 (left) with paginated categories vs. OS X 10.10.3 (right) with single scrollable page and category jumps
    In OS X 10.10.3, all emoji are displayed on a single page, and while they are still organized by category and users can still click toolbar buttons to quickly jump between categories, users can now also simply scroll the entire list if they wish.

    All of these changes come as emoji have exploded in popularity, spreading beyond their origin in Japan to be embraced worldwide as a quick, fun, and easy way to share a variety of emotions and thoughts, most commonly within messaging apps. As a result, Apple has been working to increase support for emoji across iOS and OS X, and this first OS X 10.10.3 developer build is a clear sign of that continued interest.

    (Thanks, Sachin!)

    Article Link: OS X 10.10.3 Puts More Focus on Emoji, Lays Groundwork for Skin Tone Modifiers
  2. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Really? Above all else, this takes precedence? I didn't even think emoji were supposed to look like real people, hints the unrealistic yellow skin and missing nose.
  3. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Finally MacRumors shows the skin tone modifiers are for the people emoji. The last article on this was ridiculously bad because it made it seem like the tone modifiers were for the yellow smiley faces.
  4. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Better organization of the Emojis is welcome. Similar to Emoji++ for iOS.
  5. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    The skin tone modifiers aren't for the the yellow emoji. They are for the people emoji. The ones that look like real people but only include caucasian looking people.
  6. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Yep. Only thing they're working on.
  7. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    Great to see Apple putting effort into emoji and not fixing the opendirectoryd bug...
  8. rkilcoyne macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2003
    REALLY‽ How about Vid Driver issues‽

    How about video driver issues on retina macbook pros? I've had more lockups since Fall than I've had in the previous 10 years! And while they're at it, instead of screwing around with goofy emojis, how about fixing the absolutely horrendous calculator app‽ It's really an embarrassment -- the window controls don't even line up and C/AC don't work right!
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Actually, the yellow emoji are included in the proposal as optionally supported. The skin-colored emoji with faces would be mandatory. 10.10.3 currently only "supports" it on skin-colored ones.

    Table of skin-tone support

    Edit: I take that back. OS X 10.10.3 does also support it on the skin-colored optional ones.
  10. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  11. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Maybe 2 Apple employees are working on this out of about 98,000 employees. How do you think this 'takes precedence'?
  12. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    The white one is still the default.
  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It makes some people happy. If you think people shouldn't support different skin tones, maybe they can change the people emojis to black for two years, then we get Chinese ones for two years, followed by Indian looking emojis. Would you prefer that?
  14. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    At last. Something for the professionals. This makes up for Final Cut X.
  15. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    It was the key thing reported in this article so I assumed it was a "major change."
  16. till213 Suspended

    Jul 1, 2011
    Yes, me too thinks that it is utterly important to focus on world-moving issues like the "skin tone modifiers", have committees sit together and debate for days, weeks and months!

    I mean, who are we to expect bug fixes and essential features for a modern operating system such as an up-to-date file system, OpenGL 4.5 support, reliably working networking (autofs mounted net shares still fail me every then and when, even with AFP etc.: "No data to read from socket" or the like).
  17. cunninglinguist macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2015
    La Mesa, California
    Glad to see Apple putting time and effort into the truly important features of an operating system. :rolleyes:

    Seriously folks, if you were on the fence about switching to a different OS because of Apple's long string of debacles over the past few years, this should be your "table flip, exit stage left" moment.
  18. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    And the WiFi on my iMac still takes 3 or 4 attempts to get to work - yeah, Apple's really lighting it up with their priorities.
  19. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Ah, I wasn't aware of realistic looking emoji. I never use them and only see the yellow faces used by others.
  20. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I was not even aware of the "Special Characters..." menu item. Completely missed it until now. I always accessed this window through the Keyboard menu extra (which you need to turn on). I access and use emojis on a near-daily basis because they are a great and fun way to express emotion rather than the plain-text smileys. I just wish the window appears more quickly... there's a very noticeable delay in it appearing, which is annoying.
  21. C.Calthrop macrumors newbie


    Feb 12, 2008
    Cupertino CA
    I want a no emoji option

    The obvious options are to remove emoji and notify senders that this will happen.
  22. till213 Suspended

    Jul 1, 2011
    I wouldn't give a rat's ass!
  23. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    What is up with some of you people here. The article is talking about an Emoji upgrade. What makes you think Apple isn't working on fixing other things....and to be honest, this past update fixed quite a few bugs and Yosemite is running excellent for me and I use my Macs to run my business. A valium or camomile tea can be your friend greatly. :p
  24. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007

    It just shows you what the priorities are at Apple unfortunately.

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