Why Apple needs to fix the medical mask emoji ASAP [Opinion]

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The medical mask emoji needs an update for 2020.
The medical mask emoji has way too much in common with the disappointed face emoji.
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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when wearing a face mask slows the spread of this disease, Apple really must change its medical mask emoji. It seems like a small tweak, but it’s important.

Currently, the face shown is unhappy about having to wear a mask. The design needs to show the person is glad to do their part.

Apple previews fun new emoji coming in iOS 14

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iOS 14 emoji include a ninja, the transgender symbol, and an Italian gesture.
The are just some of the emoji coming in iOS 14.
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Friday is World Emoji Day, and the celebration wouldn’t be complete without Apple unveiling the new additions coming to iPhone, iPad and Mac. Highlights of the iOS 14 emoji include ninjas, the transgender symbol, and a certain Italian hand gesture.

But the complicated process emoji have to get through before reaching our phones means there aren’t any timely ones, like more people wearing masks.

Apple seeds iOS 13.4 golden master to developers

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iPadOS 13.4 is a gamechanger.
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Registered Apple developers can already get the finalized version of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 ahead of its public debut on March 24.

Apple released the Golden Master builds iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.4, and tvOS 13.4 on its developer today, bringing a host of new features to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.

Apple adds free emoji engraving on AirPods

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Apple's free engraving of AirPods
Your AirPods case is a blank canvass.
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Customers ready to click the “buy” button on a pair of new AirPods now have the option to have Apple customize the charging case with a name, phrase or emoji.

Apple posted a banner ad on its website to announce that its free engraving services now extend to AirPods and AirPods Pro.

iOS 13.2 is out now with tons of new emoji and Deep Fusion for iPhone 11

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3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
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Apple released iOS 13.2 to the public this morning after beta testing the software update with developers for a month.

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 bring a bunch of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone and iPad, including more than 50 new emoji characters and support for the new AirPods Pro that were just revealed this morning.

iOS 13.2 inches closer to launch with latest bug-squashing beta

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These are just a few of the new emoji coming.
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Progress on iOS 13.2’s public release has hit a blistering pace after Apple seeded the fourth beta build to developers today.

iOS 13.2 beta 4 arrived one week after Apple seeded beta 3 to developers. Apple’s website hinted that the public release could come by the end of the month, bringing new emoji, Siri features and more to iPhones and iPads very soon.

Apple hints iOS 13.2 launching before Oct. 30

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You can no longer turn back from iOS 13.2.3
You can no longer turn back from iOS 13.2.3
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The next iPhone update will be iOS 13.2, and it might be out before the end of this month. A feature of the recently-announced Beats Solo Pro headphones requires this version, and the accessory debuts next week.

Version 13.2 brings dozens of additional emoji, and also adds Deep Fusion camera technology to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro series.

Apple seeds iOS 13.2 beta 3 to developers

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3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
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Apple is back with a brand new beta build of iOS 13.2 less than a week after seeding the second beta to developers.

iOS 13.2 beta 3 builds on the last two betas that added over 57 new emoji to iPhone and iPad along with Deep Fusion camera technology for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. Today’s update is joined by watchOS 6.1 beta 4 and tvOS 13.2 beta 3, bringing tons of improvements to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

57 new emoji land on iPhone in iOS 13.2 beta 2

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These are just a few of the new emoji coming.
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The biggest iPhone emoji update of the year is finally ready for testing if you’re a developer.

Apple seeded iOS 13.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 13.2 beta 2 to developers today. The update comes just over a week after the first beta brought Apple’s Deep Fusion camera technology to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. With this latest beta, Apple has finally added support for the Unicode 12 update that adds 59 new emoji characters.