Apple Celebrates #WorldEmojiDay In The Most Apple Way Possible β€” With A Fresh Batch Of New, Inclusive Emojis

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If you ❀️ emojis, there's no better way to celebrate #WorldEmojiDay than to πŸŽ‰, 🎈, andπŸ’ƒ.

Unless, of course, you're Apple CEO Tim Cook. Using plenty of emojis, he tweeted a surprise 🎁 to all Apple product users β€” a fresh batch of 56 emojis promoting greater diversity and creativity. 



Though the emojis won't be available until later this year, Apple offered users an exclusive preview of many new emojis, including more inclusive ones such as a woman wearing a "headscarf," a bearded person, and a woman breastfeeding. 

"The new emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more," Apple said in a statement.

With these emoji additions, Apple has taken another important step to increase the equal and accurate representation of typically marginalized people in popular culture.

Photo Courtesy of Apple
Photo Courtesy of Apple

Though emojis might seem like a small, inconsequential form of representation, they have nonetheless become a ubiquitous and integral part of modern communication. Not only was πŸ˜‚  named "Word of the Year" by Oxford Dictionaries in 2015, but research has proven emojis can actually improve the way we interpret language by signifying gesture, emphasis, and tone in ways strictly verbal communication cannot. 

In the past, emojis have been used to empower women, help childhood abuse survivors communicate, and preserve indigenous culture. With all that already accomplished and even more awesomeness in store, now seems like the perfect time to say: 

Never πŸ‘ underestimate πŸ‘ the πŸ‘ power πŸ‘ of πŸ‘ emojis πŸ‘.

Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Besides the more socially conscious emojis Cook and his team have in store for us, Apple users can also look forward to new food additions, such as a sandwich and a coconut, and more animals and mythical creatures, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, a zebra, a zombie, and an elf. New smilies like "Star-Struck" and "Exploding Head" are also ready and waiting to help you navigate your next surprise encounter celebrity (or, let's be real, crush) encounter. 

They also just happen to describe our reaction to Apple's latest emoji-related news. Photo courtesy of Apple.
They also just happen to describe our reaction to Apple's latest emoji-related news. Photo courtesy of Apple.

So while today may be the official #WorldEmojiDay, with all these new emojis on the way, we'll have more than enough to celebrate all year long πŸ™Œ.

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