iOS 6 emoticons get a makeover in the relationship department
The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system—iOS 6— just got a little something extra with new emoticons (or emojis, as they’re sometimes called) catered to the LGBT community.
If you’re the type who’s keen on expressing emotions in text, but maybe can’t always find the best words, then you’re probably already familiar with emoticons. But for those who are still using simple punctuation, emoticons are tiny little pictograms that represent a range of emotions. Happy? There’s a face for that. Angry? One for that, too. Crying? Yep, you’ll find tears in there somewhere.
This latest set aims to offer a better representation of all lifestyles, by providing new relationship-themed icons depicting two men holding hands, and a similar pose with two women. The new emoticons can be found near the existing relationship emojis, which show a hand-holding heterosexual pair and another hetero couple with a child.
Apple has always been a progressive company, so this isn’t all that shocking, but it does seem like a little late in the game. On the other hand, do emoticons really deserve this much attention? Whatever happened to simple text and punctuation? We could all benefit from finding more creative ways to express ourselves via text -- gay or straight, emoticons aren't the answer.