Following Recent Gun Violence Issues, Apple is Opting for a Water Gun Emoji

By: Riley von Niessen - Aug 2, 2016
References: theguardian & highsnobiety
In response to recent American gun violence, Apple is making its stance clear on the issue by swapping its hand gun emoji for a harmless water pistol.

Instead of the gray and black revolver, Apple users can expect to see a bright green and orange toy in September when the company will officially make the change. In addition to replacing the gun emoji, Apple will also include better representations of female athletes, single-parent families, and a rainbow flag to celebrate the LGBT community -- with a total of 100 new emojis set to become available.

The company is said to have created the additional representations as a means to appeal to its increasingly diverse users as well as push back against the glorification of violence.