Emoji 12.0 From The Unicode Consortium Aims to be More Inclusive

Emoji 12.0 From The Unicode Consortium Aims to be More Inclusive

The Unicode Consortium has published their final list of new emojis coming in Emoji 12.0 this year. In all, there are 230 new and variant emoji that will be made available to companies like Apple to include in their software. This year, the list of emoji is more inclusive, representing people with disabilities, gender inclusive couples, and couples holding hands of mix skin tones.

In all, there are 59 distinct new emoji, 75 when gender variations are taken into account; and 230 new emojis when all skin tone options are also included. These include new food items like waffles, onion, garlic and butter but the big emphasis is on people. There are now emoji for people in wheelchairs, deaf persons, blind persons and motorized wheelchairs. There are also gender inclusive couples and couples with mixed skin tones holding hands.

Unicode Consortium 2019 Emoji List
Unicode Consortium 2019 Emoji List

If you want to see the complete list, you can see it here. Overall it is an impressive update. The Consortium is now making available the code to companies like Apple, Google and others to start implementing Emoji 12.0 into their platforms. It will be sometime yet before we see these new emoji in iOS. Given that iOS 13 is assuredly in development internally at Apple, it will likely be iOS 13.1 or 13.2 before it is available to everyone.

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