At long last, the brand new, racially diverse set of emojis are here!
More than a year after admitting in an email to MTV Act that “there needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set,” Apple has rolled out its iOS 8.3 update, which comes with 300 new emojis for our texting pleasure.
The new batch includes flags from 32 new countries and same-sex families with two mothers and two fathers. But the update that has everyone buzzing are the different faces featuring a total of six skin tones. They default as yellow, but when you tap on one, five additional skin shades pop up for you to choose from. So now you can even make Santa have any skin tone you want!
Along with the new emojis, Apple’s update also includes an updated keyboard design featuring an elongated space bar, new languages for Siri, a bunch of bug fixes, and a new option to separate texts by whether you have the sender in your contacts list or not (which could be really helpful if you’re prone to spam messages).
iOS users can access the new update by going to Settings>General>Software Update, or by connecting your device to your computer and updating through iTunes. Just remember to make sure your device is at least halfway charged and that you’ve backed it up before updating!