Apple releases a gender-neutral Santa, other new emojis

by Jenny Mount · Oct 1st, 2020 2:46 pm
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Last Updated Oct 5th, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Apple debuted a new Santa Claus emoji portraying the character as gender-neutral, a continuation of the tech company's digital-diversity campaign. The new Santa emoji is part of a larger group of 117 emoticons, some of which aim to make online discourse more inclusive.

Instead of seeing his signature beard, the gender-neutral Santa will be clean-shaven with a more androgynous look. The Santa makeover comes after a survey was taken by logo creator GraphicSprings, which showed that 19% of Americans believed that Santa Claus should be neither man nor woman.

The new Apple emoji lineup also features various skin tone options, a transgender flag, and tuxedos and bridal gowns for both men and women. Included in the new batch of emojis are some less controversial pictograms, including a beaver, bubble tea, a plunger, feeding bottles, a ninja, and an anatomical heart, among others.

The Unicode Consortium also announced that even though it probably will not debut until 2021, the launch of a future emoji version which will range from "heart on fire" to "face with spiral eyes" as remembrance of the tumultuous 2020.


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