Tinder Campaign Leads to New Interracial Couple Emojis

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Emojis just got a little more realistic.

The Unicode Consortium, the organization in charge of emoji standards, is set to add a wide range of new interracial couple emojis in response to an online petition from Tinder that grabbed more than 50,000 signatures in the last year.

“It may seem like there’s an emoji for everything, but that’s not the case,” Tinder said in its petition. “While emojis for people of color and emojis for same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation: interracial couples. Isn’t it time all love was represented?”

Tinder also promoted its push for interracial emojis with the hashtag #RepresentLove.

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“Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love,” Tinder chief marketing officer Jenny Campbell told USA Today.

Up to this point, couples emojis only came in the standard yellow option on iOS. You can check out the new interracial couple emojis below:

New emojis set to debut this year (via Unicode)

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Unicode did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on when the emojis will officially be released, but they’re expected to debut this year, along with another 230 emojis set to be released this year.

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An Indian Character Bug Could Crash Your iPhone

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Receiving a single Indian-language character will crash your iPhone — disabling messaging and emails — due to a flaw spotted in Apple’s operating system.

If users running iOS 11.2.5 receive a message containing a particular character in Telugu, a language native to eastern India, their device could end up in a recurring reboot. Messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will also crash if the character is received.

Here’s a look at the character, in case you were curious:

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via Mobile World

The issue was first spotted by Italian tech blog Mobile World. Gmail and Outlook are also defenseless against the character, The Verge pointed out.  It’s not just limited to iPhones, either: the bug impacts the App Store, Safari, and the Apple Watch.

Devices on iOS 11.3 beta, set to launch later in 2018, are immune to the bug, . Apple did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on when users can expect a fix.

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The world’s biggest tech company has had a difficult few months. Apple copped to slowing down older iPhone models in December after many users noticed their batteries were being “throttled.” The company apologized for the “misunderstanding,” saying it was necessary to prevent phones from unexpectedly powering down. Battery replacements were then offered for $29 instead of the usual $79.

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Apple Delays Several Key iOS Updates to 2019 (Report)

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iPhone users will have to wait until next year for an updated home screen.

Several new iOS features have been pushed back to 2019, including a new home screen design, better photo editing tools, and an updated mail app, according to a new report from Axios. “In-car user interfaces” for the iPhone have also been bumped to next year.

Apple will focus on device functionality and decreasing support issues as it works towards its major iOS update, which typically released in the fall. Improving augmented reality — something CEO Tim Cook has made clear is a priority — is also on the agenda. Apple’s recently launched ARKit allows developers to create AR apps for iOS.

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The change in plans was announced by Apple VP of software engineering Craig Federighi to employees earlier this month, according to Axios.

Apple is set to release its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The world’s biggest tech company has seen its stock jump about 33 percent in the last year, thanks in large part to healthy iPhone sales. But tepid demand for iPhone X, its top-line smartphone, has the company scaling back its production, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

The delay of key iOS updates also comes on the heels of the company’s admission it had been throttling older iPhones to preserve battery life. Apple apologized and added a feature to turn off the throttling.

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