Apple Proposes New Emoji to Represent Those with Disabilities
Apple has suggested to the Unicode Consortium that it add a new batch of accessibility emoji that depict characters with disabilities. In its letter to the Consortium, Apple said, "Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities." Some of the suggested emoji include a guide dog, person with cane, person in wheelchair, prosthetic limbs, the sign for deafness, and others. Apple said these were only examples and not meant to be a fully representative list or potential additions. The Unicode Consortium is the body that approves emoji. It's possible these characters might be included in Unicode 12.0, which won't be fully approved until the first half of 2019.
Aug 4, 2017
The Unicode Consortium today proposed adding 67 new emoji as part of Unicode 11, including a variety of faces, body parts, food items, animals, clothing items, objects, and activities. Some of the face options include smiling face with cape, face with uneven eyes and wavy mouth, and face with glistening eyes.
Feb 8, 2018
The emoji that will appear in Unicode 11.0 have been finalized, according to the Unicode Consortium, and new options will be available for hair, skin, and gender. Some 157 new characters are included in Unicode 11.0.
Jun 21, 2017
The Unicode Consortium this week announced Unicode 10, which includes 56 new emoji characters and four new scripts. Some of the new emoji include facial expressions (raised eyebrow, hand-over-mouth), more men and women (bearded man, woman in head garb), hand symbols, food (dumpling, fortune cookie), clothing items, animals (dinosaurs, bugs), vehicles (flying saucer, sled), and a curling stone.
Jun 1, 2018
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.