CUPERTINO (CBS SF) — Lovers of emoji, the cute graphics that punctuate online messages, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones following criticism about the lack of diversity.
IPhone and iPad maker Apple has incorporated more diverse emoji into the developer version of the latest update to its mobile operating system. It has not said when the update will be available for all users.READ MORE: UPDATE: Santa Rosa Flooding Forces Evacuations in Bennett Valley; Schools Closed
Currently almost all the emojis depicting people or body parts such as a fist or bicep look white.
Apple analyst Rene Ritchie tweeted the new iOS 8.3 has 300 new emoji and includes 32 new country flags.
Among the new characters includes a Santa Claus with five different skin tones.READ MORE: UPDATE: Streets Flood in San Rafael, Mill Valley as Wild Storm Lashes Bay Area
The watch, phone and computer are also undergoing an update.
An Apple spokeswoman says the company is working with the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization that sets the standards for the pictograms, “to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us.”
Unicode last fall proposed adding five new skin color options for emoji.
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