Apple trades pistol emoji for green water gun

The Cupertino company announced that the new emoji icons will be available to the iPhone and iPad users worldwide this fall. The flag joins a lineup that includes more female athletes and professionals as well as images for single-parent families.

Interestingly, it's also adding a water pistol... which some sources say is replacing the current gun emoji.

It was unclear whether the green water gun would completely replace the pistol emoji or if it would exist alongside it.

Today the company released some samples of the myriad skin colors and gender diversity its new emoji characters will wear.

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This is likely due to the existing tensions in the United States regarding mass shootings and their prominence within the media, but would also reflect what Apple is calling "more family options" with emojis.

In fact, Unicode and Apple have disagreed about gun imagery before. Last year, a 12-year-old in Virginia was charged with a felony and fined for using the pistol emoji in an Instagram post that police said was equivalent to a death threat.

Money also reports that the pistol emoji has gotten several people in trouble with the law. They'll be available this fall with iOS 10, the next major revision of Apple's mobile software. "There are many more life-affirming ways to express oneself than with a gun", she said.

They include a female cyclist, swimmer, weightlifter, detective, and engineer; a man getting a haircut, and two dancing men; and loads more. Earlier this year Apple and Microsoft successfully argued against the addition of a rifle emoji.

  • Lawrence Cooper