Apple has issued a new emoji update, adding 217 new emojis that include bearded women and couples with different skin tones in a move to make its products more inclusive.
The Apple iOS 14.5 update will include a raft of new emojis, including 200 different skin tone options for mixed- and same-sex couples, including male, female and gender-neutral designs.
A similar Apple update was previously issued for the “people holding hands” emojis in 2019 – now, users will also be able to customise the “couple with heart” emoji.
A bearded woman emoji will join the current bearded man emoji already available via Apple.
iOS 14.5 which is currently in beta testing and set for public release some time in spring. The drop will also include some additional COVID-19 related emojis, such as a syringe with clear liquid, to represent the vaccine.