Apple is adding a boatload of new and updated emoji in iOS 10, and I can't wait to send them to friends and family.

As if I wasn't already excited for the launch of iOS 10, Apple goes and adds a bunch of new and redesigned emoji:

This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.

Up until now emoji were seriously lacking in the diversity department. I mean, how has it taken this long to add a woman runner to my emoji library? That said, I'm glad Apple, Google, and the Unicode Consortium are working together to add more diversity to the popular little character set. Between the additional gender options and some brand new characters, Apple's updated emoji are a more accurate depiction of real life.

Apple emoji swimmerApple emoji single family dadApple emoji female body builderApple emoji rainbow flag

After downloading the latest beta of iOS 10 and perusing the newly designed characters, I realized something: I'm finally able to depict my entire family in emoji.

Being included feels damn good. Thanks, Apple.