Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Apple is ditching the revolver emoji

How do you combat an escalation of violent crimes and deadly clashes between police and the public? By bringing a water pistol to a gun fight.

Apple has revealed a set of new emoji coming to its iOS 10 update this autumn, including the notable redesign of the revolver emoji as a plastic water pistol. 

The new characters and "beautiful redesigns of popular emoji" adds a greater scope of gender diversity to Apple's emoji offering, including female athletes and professions, single parent families and a rainbow flag. 

The move to replace the revolver with a water pistol would appear to follow Apple's recent strong stance against weapon emoji: the tech group joined Microsoft in objecting to the inclusion of a marksmanship rifle emoji amongst a release of 72 new designs. Tabled as part of a series of Olympic emoji set to celebrate this summer's Rio games, Apple and Microsoft were successful in ensuring the design wouldn't receive a full colour design. 

The redesign of the revolver emoji has been well received by anti-gun groups in the US: the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) group, which set up the website disarmtheiphone.com last year, praised Apple's move. "Apple has stood up to the bullying tactics of the NRA and gun industry by showing that there are many more life-affirming ways to express oneself than with a gun," said Leah Barrett, NYAGV's Executive Director.

Here's the full set of Apple's redesigned emoji, headed to handsets this autumn. 

Related

apple.jpg

After 1 billion sales, this is what the iPhone is still missing

lens.jpg

This is what Apple has to say about augmented reality

carpool.jpg

Apple is making its own Carpool Karaoke series

Comments

More

The new Nokia 3310 has completely fucked up Snake

Why? Just why?

by Dave Fawbert
27 Feb 2017

Everything we know about the new Nokia 3310

The brick is back

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

The not-at-all creepy future of Tinder, according to its boss

Dating meets Pokemon Go

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Instagram's latest update lets you group up to 10 photos in a post

This actually looks like a great new feature

by Matt Tate
22 Feb 2017

This might be the greatest Rocket League goal ever scored

They think it's all Rover

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Crash Bandicoot: the greatest game I ever played

As its PS4 return is announced, one writer salutes one of the best platformers of them all

by Ryan Young
17 Feb 2017

TFL has been tracking you on the tube and the data is fascinating

Catnip for the tube heads

by Dave Fawbert
15 Feb 2017

20 Things You'll Only Understand If You Owned A Nokia 3310

14 Feb 2017

The Nokia 3310 is getting a relaunch (yes, really)

The return of the King

by Gary Ogden
14 Feb 2017

The new iPhone looks like it's going to have wireless charging

A huge move from Apple

by Dave Fawbert
13 Feb 2017