Apple Introduces New Gender-Neutral Emojis

Also, hey, fairy and mermaid!

Insert smiley face here! Hundreds of new emojis, including gender-neutral characters, are coming very soon to iPhone and iPad with iOS 11.1.

Apple announced Friday that the emojis will debut in next week’s developer and public beta previews, as well as in upcoming software updates.


The nonbinary emojis, available in a variety of skin colors, will come in three age categories: children, adults, and seniors. They all feature androgynous hairstyles and facial features.

The iOS 11.1 update will also include more emotive faces, clothing options, food types, animals, and mythical creatures like a fairy and purple-haired mermaid. A new orange heart emoji will finally allow users to create a full rainbow of hearts.


Other new emojis, adapted from approved characters in Unicode 10, include a breastfeeding woman, a woman with a headscarf, and a bearded person. Another highlight is a gesture based on the “I love you” hand sign in American Sign Language.

Apple, which rolled out LGBT family and relationship emojis in 2015, along with racially diverse skin tones, released a rainbow flag emoji last year.

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