Last week we asked, “Will there finally be a pride flag emoji?” and now Apple has responded with a resounding yes.
“More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10. This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options,” the technology company announced on their website. “Apple is working closely with the Unicode Consortium to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere.”
Mark Davis, one of the co-founders of Unicode and the group’s current president, officially submitted a proposal to make the rainbow flag emoji available worldwide as part of the standard set of emoticons.
Beta users of Apple’s iOS 10 operating system are currently able to use the emoji, but it displays as a white flag followed by a rainbow emoji for those who don’t have the beta software installed.