The 250 still-missing emoji

Apple has added 300 new emoji to the iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas, but they're focused almost exclusively on inclusivity — diversity in skin tones and country flags. The watch, phone, and computer emoji have been redrawn to match Apple's current products, but it doesn't appear that any of the new Unicode standard emoji have been added. Paul Kafasis, writing for One Foot Tsunami:

None of the emoji from the updated Unicode 7 spec are included. Apple continues to flip us the figurative bird by refusing to provide us with a literal middle finger. Diversity of races is surely a good thing, but where is the diversity for people who wish to communicate with widely recognized hand gestures? Surely we deserve satisfaction!

Apple might be too family-focused to include the "middle finger" emoji, but there are 250 in total that could be interesting to add, including the "live long and prosper" Vulcan hand, "joystick", "cloud with lightning", and many more.

(Sadly, "tacos", like "poutine", haven't yet passed the proposal stage.)

iOS 8.3 is still in beta, and iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 are still forthcoming, so it's possible we haven't seen the last of the new emoji. While 250 is a huge number, a lot of them are variants that could be accessible through a long press gesture the way the skin tones are implemented now.

P.S.: In case you're concerned about Apple spending time on emoji instead of fixing whatever bug is bugging you most — the person drawing emoji isn't the person who's tasked with fixing your bug. Messages is the most popular app on iOS, and adding fun things like new emoji has relatively little impact on production, but a huge impact on our ability to tease and troll each other.

If, like Paul, you'd like to see more of the new emoji from Apple, you can dupe his bug report via rdar://19925942.

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  • Who cares... slow news day?
  • Is there a list of the missing emoji? Versions of the missing emoji for other platforms?
  • The new emoji are sprinkled throughout the Unicode spec, which is kind of maddening. But, the Washington Post did a good job listing them:
  • "P.S.: In case you're concerned about Apple spending time on emoji instead of fixing whatever bug is bugging you most…" Yes, a graphic designer is probably not going to fix any iMessage bugs.
  • "inclusivity " Man, what a world full of pussies we've become!
  • And we still let people who think and talk that way be part of it! See, inclusivity really does benefit everyone!
  • Where can I get this racist emoji pack? Which group should be using the yellow skinned emojis? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • That's default emoji yellow. You know, like the smiley face every has used for a decade?
  • Indeed. The yellow smiley face predates computers and has been around for at least 45-50 years. The computer version has been around almost as long as computers have existed and definitely predates the Web. That's not to say that it shouldn't be deprecated though. The very existence of the exact same faces but in "natural" colours both gives us an alternative, and kind of *makes* the yellow ones racist in retrospect. Other than the original, I think it's perhaps time we moved away from using the yellow faced ones. Probably isn't going to happen though. Also, I have to say this as it can't be said enough ... What's the deal with those GIANT, ugly ANIMATED smiley faces on the Apple Watch? How the hell did they make it past the quality check? I have rarely seen anything more TACKY and UGLY coming from Apple. In fact I don't think I ever have.
  • That's a ridiculous comment. Pretty sure the default smilies are still well imbedded in the emoji listing and available for use. You're justifying a huge error in judgment. Whether Apple's creation or not, the decision landed with yellow faced characters being created implying a need for yellow flesh tones for diversity sake. Nobody is buying that this yellow toned emoji series is supposed to continue the current and original smiley emoji base. Sorry. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I wish Apple would stop pushing their Christian American ideology on us all. Swearing and hand gestures are quite common in almost every language. Only in America do people pretend that they don't exist. I mean you can't even say "God damn" on TV, (a popular swear term from the 1910's!) but you can show people blowing each others heads off in slo-mo. WTF?
  • That's political correct for you as well.
    In order to appease to the cry babies. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Must Not Feed Trolls.....
  • Who cares about similes and making them. More politically incorrect, that'll never appease the cry babies of the world. Why not have green people? Blue people? Where are the lavender people? They should stray away from that nonsense and actually fix the annoying bugs that iOS 8 brought. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • We need more emojis <3