iOS 10, Apple’s latest version of OS for iPhone and iPad is coming with one of its most symbolically significant design changes yet. The California-based tech giant is replacing the controversial pistol emoji with a green squirt gun, reflecting growing disappointment in the USA and worldwide over gun crime. Also, Apple is including some new emojis of women doing male jobs like a construction worker, detective, and police officer, supporting women empowerment. You’ll even find a pride flag and family options for single parents.
However, this is not Apple’s first raid into cartoon gun control. Previously the company has pushed back against violent emojis. Earlier this year, Apple and Microsoft successfully argued against the Olympic inspired gun.
People have got into trouble with the law because of the pistol and other weapon emojis. A teenager in Brooklyn was arrested for posting a police emoji with a gun emoji pointing at its head. Also, to get Apple to remove its version of the pistol emoji, an organization named New Yorkers Against Gun Violence started a campaign and launched a website called disarmtheiphone.com. Also, the organization sent an open letter to remove the gun emoji “as a symbolic gesture to limit gun accessibility.”
Well, Apple isn’t the pioneer to replace firearm with a water gun. Microsoft has long been using a toy gun instead of a firearm in Windows. However, companies like Samsung, Twitter, and Facebook are still using realistic gun emojis. iOS 10 will be launched this fall. If you’re eager to see those emojis now you can download the beta version of iOS 10.