Apple's newest emojis are all about Girl Power and equality

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A group called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence also started a campaign a year ago to have Apple replace the pistol emoji, though Google, Facebook, and Twitter all use realist pistol emoji too.

The company says it wants to "ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere".

This appears to be an Apple decision to change its icon - not a decision by Unicode, the body that writes the standards for computer characters, including emoji. These emojis were seen by many as a violation of Russia's law against "gay propaganda".

Today's update also applies to the forthcoming versions of iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS.

On Monday, tech giant Apple released the fourth beta of its upcoming iOS version - iOS 10 - to developers.

Apple's newest emojis are all about Girl Power and equality
Apple's newest emojis are all about Girl Power and equality

Both Google and Apple's new emojis were created in collaboration with the Unicode Consortium, the organization that's in charge of adding new emojis.

These diverse characters include new female athletes and professionals and, for flag enthusiasts, a rainbow flag used prominently by the LGBT community. Also, Apple is including some new emojis of women doing male jobs like a construction worker, detective, and police officer, supporting women empowerment.

But this isn't the first time that Apple has stepped in to make changes to its emojis. Now, Apple has apparently gone forward on its own and included variations of those redesigned icons and a handful of new emoji as well.

No longer will the "family" options be limited to just ‍‍ or ‍‍‍ or variations on such, with the new emojis including single parents.

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