On Friday, March 23, Apple proposed a new set of emojis to the Unicode Consortium (which is a real thing). The most exciting thing about these new emojis? They're accessibility themed to better represent people with disabilities! If given the go-ahead, the new symbols could appear on iPhones as early as next year.
New options for different varieties of wheelchair and prothetic appendages are expected to be incredibly helpful for those with disabilities.
Twitter users are over the moon!
People are also pretty amused by the Unicode Consortium (or at least its name):
Many believe this change has been long in coming...
Others think we need an emoji search function to properly utilize these new symbols!
And why do we have to wait all the way until next year?
Emojis are part of the Unicode Standard which manages every text character in the world. Many companies and organizations are involved. Like any standard body this takes time.— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) March 25, 2018
Everyone agrees, however: this is definitely a step in the right direction! Good for you, Apple.
This is fantastic! EVERYONE SHOULD BE REPRESENTED!!!!— ✨MommyMagic✨ (@MommyMagic111) March 23, 2018
(I’m only ashamed that I, myself, never pondered these missing emojis before. 😔)