More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10. This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.
As emoji becomes an increasingly popular universal language, it’s good to see a more representative and inclusive set of options. Good on Apple and the entire Unicode consortium for building out a full array of choices.
Nothing gets people to upgrade to a new version of iOS more than an emoji update. I’m adjusting my totally spitballed and virtually baseless first-week adoption estimate of iOS 10 to 45%, up from 40%.
Update: Looks like the idea for the replacement of the pistol with the water gun originated with Neven Mrgan’s bug report earlier this year.