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Apple reincarnates Harambe with emoji tweak

You can now properly facepalm, too.


Mike Wehner


Apple is no stranger to creating an uproar with its emoji updates—remember the whole water pistol incident?—and in a new developer beta release of iOS 10.2, the next wave of emoji will finally see the light of day.

On the all-new emoji front there are some pretty interesting additions, such as this handsome fella here:


There’s also a new fox, avocado, and owl emoji:

Apple (via Emojipedia)

In fact, there’s lots of new animals in iOS 10.2:

Apple (via Emojipedia)

But it’s not just new emoji that are coming; lots of existing emoji are getting new looks. Among the newly refreshed emoji are an updated shrug:




And new professions for male and female emoji:


All of these additions are great, but there’s one tweak that might totally put a damper on your sexting habits. It seems Apple has had enough of the “peach butt” and decided to redesign everyone’s favorite fruit emoji to something much less suggestive:


There’s no official release date for iOS 10.2 as of yet, but it should be just around the corner.

Update 10:03am CT, Dec. 13: Apple released the newest iOS update this morning, and the gorilla emoji is among the many new emoji available to users.

Although it’s supposed to be a generic gorilla, it’s unlikely the association with Harambe will go away anytime soon.


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