Apple has replaced an emoji representing a real handgun with one of a green-and-orange water pistol. The Internet, as you might expect, is up in arms about this, claiming that Apple is weighing in on American gun violence. Liberal sources claim that the company is taking a stand; conservative ones bemoan that Apple’s symbolic gesture is meaningless.Apple redesigning emojis is, in fact, nothing new. Emojis are not Apple technology; many companies have put their own spin on the Japanese icons since their debut in 1998. Apple first experimented with the colorful characters on OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011, although theoretically, OS X and iOS devices have been able to display them for much longer; remember, emojis are platform-agnostic.However, Apple has been known to put its own spin on emojis, adding a Fitzpatrick scale for racially diverse emojis back in 2015, as well as visually tweaking the characters for Apple platforms here and there in general. Apple’s latest announcement promises “more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters” with the intention of bringing more gender diversity, as well as LGBT icons and family-friendly images.Leah Gunn Barrett is the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, an organization that… Read full this story
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