WASHINGTON (AFP) – Smiley emoji, sad emoji, hearts emoji, and now, for the first time, racially diverse emoji.
Apple is preparing to release non-white faces in its line-up of the cartoon faces used to liven up text and email messages, news reports said.
In its next update of the icons, the faces will be available in six different skin tones, US media reported late Monday.
CNN’s website said these are just some of 300 new emojis included in the latest developer version of iOS 8.3.
But the new icons won’t be available to the public until the update is released later this year, CNN added.
The task is not simple. The keyboard of illustrated icons is based on Unicode, the standard for text, numbers and emojis across all platforms.