Apple adds emoji of gay couples to iOS 6

Apple has added a large number of new text message graphic icons in the upcoming iOS 6, and two of these new icons depict gay and lesbian couples, reports Gizmodo.


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The icons are called emoji, which is Japanese for picture (e-) and letter (-moji). The icons are used in text messages and emails, much like text-based smilies are used to depict facial expressions and emotions in instant message conversations. Emoji are so popular in Japan that the three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au, and SoftBank Mobile, all have their own defined emoji standards.

When Apple introduced the iPhone to the Japanese market, they built their own set of emoji into iOS because of their cultural importance. The rest of the world slowly discovered the cute little icons, and users found ways to enable them in iPhones outside of the Japanese region. In iOS 5, Apple officially included a native emoji keyboard, so any user could enable the feature with a simple setting change, instead of having to rely on third-party methods to unlock them.

And now, in iOS 6, which is still in beta, Apple has created a lot of new emoji icons. Of particular note are two new icons that depict gay and lesbian couples. While this is really a very minor addition to a feature that many users outside of Japan won't even be aware of, it's still nice to see even the smallest gestures of social progress.

Source: Gizmodo

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...as long as they keep it in the bedroom, i'm cool with it. Nice to see Apple trying to bring those people into their target market.

Gaara sama said,
i was saving money for the iphone 5 but now i change my mind, galaxy s3 baby

THIS made you change your mind? Seems rather closed minded...

Gay people love Apple. I'm not gay personally, but I like this initiative. Props to Apple!


BTW, Microsoft did a move too for gay people. The new Windows 8 theme pastel colors...

myxomatosis said,
BTW, Microsoft did a move too for gay people. The new Windows 8 theme pastel colors...

Actually, I think gay people have better taste than that.

dead.cell said,

Actually, I think gay people have better taste than that.

Haha you're right

If I'm not mistaken, Tim Cook is gay. It makes sense

Yes, and these two emojis are part of over 25 new emojis. Just for all these new characters, faces and objects, one of my friends wanted to install it I must say I never thought they would add any for until the next decade.

Because they are holding hands they are gay?

What about the fact that they are also children?

I'm sorry but to me that just resembles friendship and doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sexuality.

Shadrack said,
Because they are holding hands they are gay?

What about the fact that they are also children?

I'm sorry but to me that just resembles friendship and doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sexuality.

Yeah, I kinda agree... it depends on the designer of course, but there are different ways of interpreting them. But they're kids because everything Japanese must be cutesy

Shadrack said,
Because they are holding hands they are gay?

What about the fact that they are also children?

I'm sorry but to me that just resembles friendship and doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sexuality.


Them being children is a fact? Where did you get that from?

As for friendship, lol. Honestly, do you go around holding the hands of your male friends? And who else does that?

mikeyx12 said,

Them being children is a fact? Where did you get that from?

Body size/Proportions/Lack of boobs on the girls.


As for friendship, lol. Honestly, do you go around holding the hands of your male friends? And who else does that?

I don't now because I'm a grown man and in the case of two adults it does imply something at least in the American culture, but when I was in kindergarten I remember holding hands with my best friend. Nothing gay about it. I'm not familiar with other cultures, but I'm sure not everyone comes to the same 'gay' conclusion you do.

Anyway, if they were kissing I would probably see it as to the point, "gay".

Shadrack said,
Because they are holding hands they are gay?

What about the fact that they are also children?

I'm sorry but to me that just resembles friendship and doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sexuality.

Childen aren't gay or lesbian?

dp123 said,

Childen aren't gay or lesbian?

They may have a per-deposition for being homosexual and that may come out in their youth, but I don't consider Children to be sexual.... Maybe I'm just weird and accidentally stumbled upon a pedophile forum that asks weird questions like you do.

mikeyx12 said,
As for friendship, lol. Honestly, do you go around holding the hands of your male friends? And who else does that?

You don't seem to know much about other cultures. When I was in Morocco it was quite common for guys to walk hand in hand, or arm around the shoulder.

Shadrack said,

Body size/Proportions/Lack of boobs on the girls.

Yea, all of them lack boobs, you have a family just left of the supposedly gay couples.

I for one think it's far more interesting how the two gay couples have no mouths or noses while the people in all the other emoji do

Shadrack said,

Body size/Proportions/Lack of boobs on the girls.

They are cartoon-like images, so body size and proportions mean absolutely nothing. There's also little room on them to add tits.

One of the images has a love heart between the two characters while they're poking their lips out for a kiss. One of the images has 3 characters, which looks like to be a family. The child in that pic doesn't look like the other characters, which you'd expect to be the case if they were just kids.

Have a look at the other pics of them as well. One putting on nail polish and another in a wedding dress.

Clearly, they're not children.

.Neo said,

You don't seem to know much about other cultures. When I was in Morocco it was quite common for guys to walk hand in hand, or arm around the shoulder.
You don't seem to know much about other cultures either. You may not be aware, but Japanese culture (you know, where these Emoji's are from) is not the same as Moroccan culture, and neither is Western culture, the culture that makes up the majority demographic of Apple's user base.

protocol7 said,
One step closer to a Mac and PC couple emoji.

we're already a gay mac/pc couple in my house. We don't need no stinking emoji! Me giving up my iPhine for a windows phone did not go over well At. All.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,

we're already a gay mac/pc couple in my house. We don't need no stinking emoji! Me giving up my iPhine for a windows phone did not go over well At. All.

hahaha, welcome to Windows Phone though. We both have Windows Phones here. He loves his as well.