Richmond, Va. (WRIC) — Apple has released a new batch of emoji characters, including ones honoring the late singer David Bowie. The “Bowie” emoji includes both male and female versions of the gender-blending pop star.
Also among the new batch are female judges, teachers, firefighters, astronauts, and plumbers. Previous series mostly depicted women as painting their nails and dancing salsa, while detectives, police officers, and surfers were all exclusively male.
The release follows a big push by Google to promote gender equality through its emojis. Google said in May it wanted its new range of professional women pictograms to promote “the diversity of women’s careers” and combat sexism.
Apple released the beta version of its iOS 10.2 for iPhone and iPad to registered developers earlier this week. The update includes full support for 72 new emoji recently approved by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit group that creates globally standardized emoji and text characters.