Celebrating World Emoji Day this year, Apple has shown new emoji designs based on disability and diversity themes

Apple has shown us new emoji designs soon to be available this fall for all its devices. This comes in as the celebration of World Emoji Day 2019 with a focus on diversity and disability, along with a few more designs. A total of 59 new designs will be available in the update later this year.

New disability emojis like a guide dog, wheelchair, prosthetic leg and hearing aid add to the social causes Apple wants to highlight in their bit. The holding hands emoji will get a host of skin tone and gender diversity options with a choice of 75 different combinations. Then there is a host of other emoji additions expressing fun and joy with an orangutan, skunk, yawning smiley, saree or even a plate full of koftas (falafel actually).

I do personally believe emojis form a critical language aid with expressions replacing words. Apple has long supported social causes through these expressions. This World Emoji Day sees the largest addition to the diversity in the emoji pad for apple devices. Not just apple but Android too will be getting a lot of emoji updates. My particular favourite is the ‘holding hands’ emoji which celebrates the medley of relationships across multiple ethnicities and genders. Looks good and makes the point heard.

All these new emojis are created in the characters approved in Unicode 12.0 meaning they are part of the previous Emoji 12.0 set. Apple says all these will get available in the update ‘this fall’.