By Brahm Shank
Last year when Unicode 8 was released with support for multiracial skin tones and same-sex couple character configurations, it seemed like we were moving in the right direction toward equality in the emoji-verse. However, one thing was still missing; gender equality. Unicode 8 made it possible to send a tan or dark skinned male police officer emoji or a multi-ethnic male doctor emoji. But what about women? Women all over the world serve as doctors, police officers, and firefighters. Yet Unicode 8 left out the ability to configure these emojis to illustrate a female image.
Unicode 9.0 : What's New ?
With Unicode 9 users are now able to configure emojis to customize the gender of a variety of different characters. In fact, among silly new character additions such as the selfie or gorilla emojis, Unicode 9 introduces a total of 7,500 new character configurations and over 72 brand new emoji characters. Other new emojis include bacon, pancake, shrug, and clown emojis. Unicode 9.0 is expected to debut alongside Apple's iOS 10 and Android's Android N this Fall. A wider variety of emoji characters will be perfect for iOS 10's Text-To-Emoji Replacement Feature which will allow users to quickly replace written words with fun and easily recognizable emojis. To see this feature in action check out Apple's website listed below. Also for the full list of new emojis visit the Unicode release notes link below and let us know what you think.
What's New In iOS 10: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/
Unicode 9.0 New Emojis: http://emojipedia.org/unicode-9.0/