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Apple Just Made It Easier To Say What You Really Mean Thanks To Hundreds Of New Emojis

Getting excited for a new phone update is something that’s usually reserved for super nerds. After all, there’s only so keen you can be for security patches and bug fixes! But, there’s a pretty good reason for all of us to get excited for the latest iPhone update: new emojis. That’s right – all of you cool cats out there sporting one of the more modern iPhone models can get your hands on iOS 13.2, and a myriad of more inclusive and diverse emojis. And since there’s gonna be so many emojis for you to choose from, we’ve put together a list of our favorite additions for you to check out.

There’s now a pretty fab range of skin tones.

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Gone are the days where we’re stuck with a strangely-golden looking face to showcase our emotions. We’ve got black police offices, brown witches, and even zen, white meditating yogis … ah now, we probably see that last one a little too often for comfort in real life. The point is that being able to choose different skin tones for our emojis is one of those subtle ways we’re seeing diversity and inclusivity seep into the cultural zeitgeists of our time. A little representation is never a bad thing, no?

We can also select neutrally-gendered emoji designs, too.

And we’re not just talking about cute little signs like hearts and stars. No, there’s a new range of people depicted in all of their neutral glory, for those of you out there who don’t identify with the gender binary. Or maybe you just don’t think the tiny images on our phones were meant to be assigned a gender. Whatever floats your boat. The point is, the new iOS emojis not only embrace diversity in terms of race, but also in terms of gender identity, too. The new gender-neutral emojis tend to favor gray tops to circumvent whatever hangups our culture has about color and gender, and also feature a softened jawline. The typical haircut, a kind of longer short ‘do, completes the look. We approve.

The yawning face is the emoji you didn’t know you needed.

Gone are the days when we have to use sleeping emojis to really highlight the extent of our exhaustion. Brain-dead from having to study for 48 hours straight? There’s now a yawning face for that. Dragging your feet because you haven’t gotten your coffee fix for the day? The yawning face is exactly the expression you need. Spent the night awake bonking your new beau? Again, yawning face. You’re only limited by your imagination, amigas.

The couple emojis are more inclusive, now, too.

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Gone are the days when you could only choose between basically white straight and gay couples. The new update brings with it homosexual and heterosexual couples, but ensures that you can also choose from couples who have different skin tones. Because, hey! Not everyone is white. It’s about time we saw more emojis that acknowledged that, please and thank you. The only thing we’re unsure about with these new couple emojis are the moustaches. Have moustaches ever made a proper comeback? We’re not sure. Stop trying to make fetch happen, Apple.

Physical disabilities also make a cameo in this update.

Because sometimes we humans need aids to make our way through the world – so we may as well have emojis reflecting that. There’s now people with probing canes, mechanical arms and legs, ears with hearing aids, deaf people signing, people in wheelchairs, and even guide dog emojis! And while some of you out there may question the reasoning behind emojis geared towards blind people, the cool thing is that the accessibility functions on iPhones are designed to describe emojis. After all, at the end of the day, inclusivity is about accessibility, too. 

The time has finally arrived: we have an emoji suited for our periods.

Clearly, this update is about making sure people feel seen. And there’s no doubt that this something us menstruating humans have needed for a long time. We now have a drop of blood at our fingertips to declare that we’re just having a bloody awful time and need chocolate, Netflix, painkillers and hugs, in varying doses. Woe betide anyone who tries to use the drop of blood emoji for anything other than its God-given use of being the bat-signal for periods.

So on a scale of one to ten, just how excited are you for the new range of emojis? Those of you who can’t wait to reinvent your textual emotional expressions are in luck – the update is available now for iPhone-havers.

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