Here’s How To Get The New Spock Vulcan Salute Emoji On Your iPhone With …

11 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple immortalizes Mr. Spock’s salute in secret emoji.

There are a variety of new emoji included in iOS 8.3 along with expanded family options, and emoji skin tone modifiers for changing the look of people emoji. If you’re a big Star Trek fan who likes to drop that phrase into text messages from time to time, it has to be a bit of a pain to type over, and over, and over again. Then, select just the Vulcan salute emoji and hit “copy.” Next, go back to your iPhone’s home screen and pop open “Settings.” Navigate to General -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, then tap the “+” icon.

Finally out of the beta testing period, which offered plenty of hints to what Apple fans were in for, the update came packed with new features and bug fixes. Spock—the Vulcan science officer played by the late Leonard Nimoy in “Star Trek”—has been immortalized as an emoji in Apple’s latest update to its operating system for iPhones and iPads. If you happen to own an iOS device, and you’ve recently updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS version 8.3, then Apple has all your geeky messaging covered. Buried within the update—and we mean buried—is a brand-new emoji of a hand flashing the quintessential Vulcan salute from Star Trek: the two fingers one way, two fingers the other way V-shaped sign. The petition on Change.org was asking for an emoji that would represent 2% of the world’s population, or around 138,000,000 “iPhones that are just “waiting to happen.” The iOS 8.3 update also adds wireless CarPlay, which lets iPhone users connect their device to their CarPlay systems wirelessly; support for Google two-factor authentication; and new text formatting options in landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus.

The new default for each person, gesturing hand or disembodied body part is a Simpsons-esque yellow, with a further five options spanning Types I through to VI of the Fitzpatrick scale of skin tone at your disposal. Some of the new features include a wireless music connection for CarPlay, easier use of Google’s two-factor authentication, the ability to download free apps without a password, and an elongated space bar to avoid hitting the period key while typing a text.

It’s a rare occasion that liberal outrage on social media brings about the called-for outcome, but in this case the Unicode Consortium – the not-for-profit organisation responsible for rolling out new emoji, and ensuring consistency across different devices and platforms – has delivered just that. (Though the call for a redheaded emoji has gone unanswered, proof that there are limits to what can be achieved with an online petition.) As exciting as it is for white people to be able to choose between “pale” and “cream white” to better reflect their caucasity, the update is a real gamechanger for people of colour who once strained to see themselves in either “man with turban” or “man with traditional Chinese cap” in amongst page after page of Caucasian faces: grandma, son, Santa, cop, bride, construction worker, beefeater … The fact that there’s a beefeater on our phone keyboards at all is temptation to write the whole form off as a gimmick – and until now, most usage of emoji has been as much about outwardly revelling in their novelty as it has been about adding to the functionality of text conversations or making politicians seem relevant. Katy Perry’s Roar, Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Larry David’s entire face – all have been immortalised in emoji as best the old selection allowed. And like Pusheen and Business Fish of the Facebook sticker store and the angry birds of Angry Birds, some figures have achieved pop-cultural relevance in their own right.

Perhaps hold off on writing your resignation in it. (Though: waving hand; “face with no-good gesture”; and thumbs up or thumbs down, depending on your experience of the company and the number of fucks you give, though the fact you’re giving any consideration to what emoji you’d use to resign suggests very few.) But we used to choose faces that stood in for our mood, be it jubilant, tired, sweaty, or hungover – now we can choose those that stand in for ourselves as well. And with the extent of our communication now taking place online, being able to express ourselves in a way that feels true and representative is important. In lieu of a grown African-American man, in the past Obama has been represented with the generic, expressive yellow face; the suit and tie; or, at a stretch, the running man. With the possibilities the update presents comes the inevitable teething issues, a jarring reminder that our communication is both facilitated and constrained by developments in technology. At the moment, the new emoji are more or less lost in translation on devices that haven’t updated to 8.3 yet, registering as alien faces or sketchy flags – and lord knows it can only add to the distance between iPhone owners and those who use Android, this century’s Montagues and Capulets.

Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, learned seven new languages with this update, which included additional accents for English, such as local accents for India, New Zealand, and Singapore. To be fair, with the wide array of mixed race couples in the world, it would probably be difficult to include everyone, but Apple could have likely switched up the shades of the smiley face emojis rather easily.

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