Apple unveils new gender-neutral emojis

Whenever Apple makes an announcement, you can be pretty sure that it is going to be game changing, and its latest move is no exception.

According to InStyle, the tech giant recently announced that they will offer a host of new emojis to their already-expansive collection, including some new gender-neutral characters. The additions, which CNN says comes along with the iOS 11 update, includes “more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral options, mythical creatures, clothing, food and animals,” while also adding more skin tones and country flags to their roster.

Additionally, InStyle reports that the update also includes new “empowered female emojis,” which take the form of “a female rock climber and a woman breastfeeding.”

With these changes to Apple’s emoji repertoire, hopefully there will come increased representation in the future.


Apple closes U.S. pay gap

It seems like Apple has been busy doing more than just creating a new iPhone and MacBook.

According to MAKERSGlamour has reported that the tech innovator has “announced it has closed the gender wage gap among its U.S. employees — and pledges to close any remaining gaps worldwide as soon as possible.”

In its annual diversity report, Apple shares that they have “achieved pay equity in the United States for similar roles and performance. Women earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn,” says Glamour, while also increasing their number of global female employees and minority employees, both jumping up 6 percent.

But, Glamour’s report points out that others also benefited from this push for equal pay, with “underrepresented minorities” also earning “one dollar for every dollar white employees earn.”

Apple follows several major companies who have opted for equal pay, says Glamour, including Facebook, Microsoft and even Amazon, who have all publicly shared their initiatives to close the pay gap.

All of their efforts are just one more small step to further securing equal pay for not only women, but also minorities in the United States and beyond.

Equal Emojis

Gender-equal emojis are on the way for Apple users.

According to the Huffington Post, the tech innovator announced over 100 new emojis that will be released with this fall’s iOS 10 update.

The new characters, introduced on Monday, Aug. 1, include women portrayed in a variety of professions and activities, shown as athletes, construction workers and even detectives, says the Huffington Post.

Teaming up with the Unicode Consortium to create the new characters, the Huffington Post says that Apple expressed the motivation behind the emojis was to ensure that “emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere.”

To check out the new characters that will be making their way to your Apple iPhone and iPad this fall, click here.