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.
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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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