Apple has proposed new emoji today that would better represent people with disabilities and hearing aides. In a submission to the Unicode Consortium, the Cupertino-based wants the Consortium to add new emojis aimed at people with disabilities.
“Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” the company wrote in its submission. The new suite of emojis first noted by Emojipedia, includes a hearing aid, people using canes or wheelchairs, a guide dog and prosthetic limbs.
The suggestion includes a total of 13 new emoji and the count increases to 45 if you consider the skin tone options. Apple says these emojis are just a starting point and hints at more accessibility emojis to come in the future.
The inclusion of these new emojis submitted by Apple will be debated during the Unicode Technical Committee meeting scheduled next week. If these emojis are approved, they would become part of shortlist for Emoji 12.0, which is due for a release during the first half of 2019.
The Unicode Consortium has already completed the emoji list for 2018 and it is due to arrive on major mobile platforms during the second half of 2018. Apple has been one of the vocal voices when it comes to bringing diversity to the list of emojis in the Unicode list. It is now championing the inclusion of emojis focused at disability as well. Since the emojis touch on a subject deeply concerning to all major tech companies, it might end up getting approved really soon. However, it will be available on mobile platforms only next year.