New pregnant emojis to make dramatic appearance on Apple iPhones; take social media by storm. Find out why

WION Web Team
New York Updated: Jan 29, 2022, 10:58 AM(IST)

'Pregnant man' and 'pregnant person' emoji have sparked controversy (representative image). Photograph:( Twitter )

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The Apple's version of the emoji has been released on Thursday as part of iOS 15.4 beta, which is a voluntary system update, the iPhone users can choose to install. Later this year, the update will reach all iPhone users

Emojis are the new way of life in today’s tech-driven world. But sometimes, they spark more than just the right emotions intended.  

Well, this holds true as a 'pregnant man' and 'pregnant person' emoji, which are set to make a dramatic appearance on Apple iPhones with its latest update iOS 15.4, have sparked controversy.  

The Apple's version of the emoji has been released on Thursday as part of iOS 15.4 beta, which is a voluntary system update, the iPhone users can choose to install.  

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Later this year, the update will reach all iPhone users.  

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The move has resulted in a row as some cultural commentators argue that the effort to make the biologically specific phenomenon all-inclusive diminishes the factors that make women different from men.  

Not just this, social media has also erupted over the issue. Several people have commented and shared memes over it.

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The new pregnant emojis will come in five different skin tones. The users can hold finger on the icon until it shows the options for selecting different skin tones while sending an emoji.  

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In September last year, Emojipedia too had faced some criticism when it first announced these emojis.   

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In a blog post, the company said that the new figures "may be used for representation by trans men, non-binary people, or women with short hair—though, of course, use of these emoji is not limited to these groups."  

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Emojipedia's Jane Solomon had said that the emoji can also be used as a "tongue-in-cheek way to display a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal."   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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