Apple adds 300 racially diverse emojis to iOS 8.3


300 new emoji are coming to your iPhone soon. Photo: Cult of Mac
300 new emoji are coming to your iPhone soon. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple paved the way for racially diverse emoji to come to the Mac two week ago, and now with the release of iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple has added access to 300 new emoji for iPad and iPhone users.

With iOS 8.3 beta 2 Apple now allows users to choose between five different skin tones for 60 different emoji. Switching between the different skin tones is just as easy as adding an accent mark to letters: simply press and hold an emoji to reveal the the entire palette of color options.

Here are some of the new emojis in action:

Emoji are now racially diverse. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac
Emoji are now racially diverse. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

The new racially diverse emoji are also available in the new OS X 10.10.3 beta. Mac users can pull up the characters by hitting CNTRL + CMD + Space. Once your select a color variation for an emoji your changes are saved in the keyboard, so you don’t have to change them every time.

Almost all of the human emojis can be modified – including minor ones like surfer, swimmer, and runner – but Apple still hasn’t added the skin tone modifiers to the family emojis. The emojis aren’t available to the public yet, and when you send an emoji with a modified skin tone to other iOS users they just see a ‘

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  • AAPL.To.Break.$130.Soon>:-)

    I’m not trying to be sarcastic or anything, but do consumers really care about this sort of fluff? I mean, they’re just little faces. Does it have to do with everyone on the planet has to be fairly represented or something like that? I’m just asking because it seems like such an insignificant detail where I wouldn’t think most people would be hunting down exact representations of themselves. It’s a nice feature like having an avatar builder at your fingertips but I’d hardly think it was a necessity.

    Do these things show up on other OSes or only iOS devices? Is there a movement to eventually have all devices show them using some specialized code? Will they show up on Android and Windows Phone smartphones or only the latest iOS devices?

    • BlueNinjaX

      What’s the point in complaining about it? Apple always add tiny touches that the average consumer would never notice anyway, how is this any different? Besides, the average consumer use emojis all the time. They bring life and expression to the text that accompanies it. This only allows one to express themselves even further (also allows for much funnier emoji picture conversations in the near future XD )

      • sigzero

        No, that is just wrong. CONTEXT determines it. They just don’t isolate the one sentence and say “Look, bad intent!”. They look at the whole conversation.

      • BlueNinjaX

        Of course that is what I meant as well, but I was giving an example of say a one lined Facebook post, which was the same type of example am article explaining the whole use of emoji in law gave.

    • Grunt_at_the_Point

      I guess you believe there is only a white Santa Claus therefore everyone should believe the same. Oh, wait, there is no Santa Claus. So, what’s my point. I guess I don’t have one.

    • kevinkee

      Since everyone has the same skin colour, they have no right to choose different colour skin of their choosen emoji. Too bad Apple did not offer this flexibity, what a racist company.

      is that what are you saying?

    • Marcus Garvey

      You feel its an insignificant detail because its your color that you get to use in emoji. Would you feel the same way about emoji if they only faces were black?

      • BlueNinjaX

        Wouldn’t assuming that he’s white be racist? Or would that just disc……you know what this is why people are so uncomfortable talking about this shit -.-

      • Marcus Garvey

        Trust me…i can tell he is white. Because all of my minority friends have been wanting emojis that look like them for the longest.

    • Chief Presiding Judge

      I’m a black person and I love this. You just feel it’s insignificant because the emojis have always looked like you.

  • Crmsnghst

    Two comments: Blonde haired Black man is hilarious. Very YELLOW faces is borderline MORE racist then just having somone who is clearly asian.

    • Tallest Skil

      Nah, not really. Since east Asians aren’t really yellow, the real emoji are no more racist than the Simpsons.

      • BlueNinjaX

        But on the Simpsons aren’t the Asians a lighter shade of yellow?

      • Tallest Skil

        If they are, that proves the point.

    • Guest

      I think the yellow ones are for those who believe that they are actually lego people.

    • DigitalBeach


    • DigitalBeach

      Maybe the “yellow people” emojis are representative of those suffering from liver failure.

    • Marcus Garvey

      Blonde haired black man is hilarious? I guess you’ve never heard of the Melanesian people.

  • davelowe85

    Where’s the ginger ones? Racists.