Apple’s promise to bring more racially diverse emojis to iOS and OS X has been nearly a year in the making, but in yesterday’s OS X 10.10.3 beta the company snuck in some code that finally paves the way for the emojis of the future.
While everyone else was playing with the new Photos beta, Sachin Patel noticed Apple made some big changes to the “Emoji & Symbols” palette that can be accessed from the Edit menu in most apps or by pressing Control + Command + Space. Along with renaming the Special Characters menu option Apple also added a new drop down arrow on all the human emojis that lets you select between five different skin tones.
The new emoji skin tone modifiers don’t actually work yet, but you can see how quickly you’ll be able to change “Father Christmas” into Black Santa and make him a favorite.
MacRumors also noticed that Apple changed the emoji sheet so that all characters display on a single scrollable page. The emoji are still divided into their separate sections, and you can jump straight to the “Travel and Places” emoji by clicking the section icons at the bottom.
Other emoji additions include some blank spaces for some of the new pictograms your keyboard will get as soon as Apple updates to the Unicode 8.0 standard.