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Apple Rolls Out Gender-Neutral Santa Claus Emoji with iOS 14.2

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Apple has debuted a gender-neutral Santa emoji with the iOS 14.2 beta release on Wednesday.

According to Fox Business, this new Santa Claus emoji “is part of a batch, approved by the Unicode Consortium, of 117 emoticons, many of which aim to make online discourse more inclusive.” The report added that he will “swap his signature beard for a clean-shaven, more androgynous look.”

The gender-inclusive Apple Santa emoji is called “Mx Claus,” as per The Independent. This is an alternative to the existing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus emojis, as noted by Emojipedia.

Apple Store Hamburg, Deutschland | Apple Rolls Out Gender-Neutral Santa Claus Emoji with iOS 14.2

The update also includes “a face wearing Groucho Marx glasses, a smiling face with a tear, a disgusted face, wooly mammoths, a boomerang, and bubble tea,” said The Independent.

Apple also included emojis of a woman wearing a tuxedo and a man wearing a wedding veil. This comes with the company’s with its digital-diversity campaign. Of course, they also have the standard five-color variation for skin tones.

Fox Business reported that some people think of this new Santa as “part of the so-called War on Christmas, alongside other battles like shaming people for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ and the PC reboots of the Yuletide classic ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’”

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