Emoji diversity: iOS 8.3 Beta adds more color, more flags from around the world, and more

Emoji diversity: iOS 8.3 Beta adds more color, more flags from around the world, and more
Next month, iOS 8.3 will be made available as a public beta test, with Apple hoping to recreate the success it had with a similar rollout for its OS X Yosemite update last year.

Unlike other public betas however, Apple expects you to earn your keep if you happen to get one of the coveted 100,000 available spots for the preview of iOS version 8.3. Beta testers will get a dedicated app to report bugs and such.

While those signed up for the AppleSeed program wait for their opportunity to get the beta, the rest of us are simply interested in what iOS 8.3 may bring to the user experience. Like any iOS update, the changes are fairly incremental, but iOS 8.3 beta 2 has already pushed to developers, so we get to take a look at what is inside.

Most noticeably, there is a wider selection of emojis to choose from, reflecting the diversity of ethnicity around the world. Speaking of the world, more flags have been added as well. Expect to see some images updated in the “objects & symbols” area, notably those of the iPhone reflecting an iPhone 6 image, and the watch resembling well, an Apple Watch.

Other enhancements lie beneath the surface. iOS 8.3 will bring improved login for Google services, as well as updated voices and languages for Siri including Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Turkish, Portugese, and Swedish. Chinese support for Apple Pay should be fully enabled by its release. One thing not supported in the iOS 8.3 beta is Verizon LTE voice.

We have not yet had iOS 8.2 officially drop yet, so it is a safe bet that iOS 8.3 beta testing is going to last a while, meaning we will not likely see these new features until this summer.

sources: 9to5Mac via Engadget; images from @AndLup



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Meh... TBH, when it comes to this: Who cares!!!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5807; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The extra flags are good But yea the different emoji races in pointless Emoji should just be emotions, no race involved

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

so emoji's are racist?

3. AlikMalix unregistered

tell me about it... I guess it does make some people insecure... I guess, I'm happy that they're happy...

4. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

Cha, why can't the black girls have afro instead of weave....

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Why all the male faces have afro's, even that albino one...?

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

There are African albinos. Technically nothing wrong with it.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

I know, I was trying to counter point Bedz81's post.... I dont actually think what I wrote.....

13. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

I know, I'm just being a dick :p

6. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Why do we care if a person smiling to us on a chat program is black or white? The new race emoticons just don't make sense.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

First thing I set up in iPhone is disabling this crap. Really, nobody in my environment cares about it.

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I prefer the Simpsons-colored emojis :D

12. InfiniteRam

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

This is a microcosm of individuals unappreciation of a country that caters to them. It's kind of funny in a way I guess. I guess most people wouldn't care about the upgrade because the original emojis were created to represent them. So it's easy to not care about an upgrade that they don't feel benefits them. It is important mentally as well as socially for ALL people to have images that represent them on a developmental level. Otherwise the continued perpetuation of people trying to be someone that they may never be excepted as continues even more so. Sorry, I would be wrong if I didnt point out the importance and reason why things like this emoji upgrade are important for young individuals still developing their identities.

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