Apple’s new iOS 13.2 now has 457 gender neutral options for current human characters. Additionally, Apple users now have the option to mix and match two women, two men, or a woman and man, while a new combination shows people holding hands without a specific gender.
The new emojis are now able to be even more customized with race and gender because a wider variety of skin tones are available. To further stress the importance of representation in emoji characters, there are now more disability-themed emoji options as well, including those with characters in wheelchairs, with prosthetic limbs and representing the vision-impaired. These are now known as new accessibility-focused emojis.
In support of women’s issues, a period emoji has also been introduced, which looks like the raindrop emoji, but is instead red in color. The update is the result of a request made by Apple in March 2018 to request more emojis that were inclusive of those with disabilities in a proposal sent to the Unicode Consortium.