Apple Brings Diversity In Its Emoji, Replaces Watch Emoji With Apple Watch
In the new beta of OS X for developers, Apple has introduced a more diverse kinds of emoji. In the past Apple has openly admitted that emoji lack racial diversity, and even the ones that do represent people of color, often end up looking stereotypical.
The emoji will have interchangeable swatches that can change a Caucasian emoji to a variety of different skin colors. According to The Huffington Post, the human-looking emoji - including the one for Kris Kringle - will now have six different skin tones to pick from.
The Verge noted that It's not just the human emoji who have gotten a revamp - there are more than 300 new characters available.
A spokeswoman for Apple confirmed the update to The Huffington Post via email, though an official release date has yet to be announced.
In a related development, Apple has replaced the watch emoji with its own Apple Watch.
"Apple Watch Emoji will be present in the future, replacing the current watch emoji," tweeted a former Apple Store Employee in Sweden.
The new diverse emoji are available in a "pre-release" of the latest Mac OS X.