They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and while modest emojis, pictures may not be to advanced as a form of communication, it certainly has its purposes (mostly when it can’t bother you when typing). No wonder new add-ons are constantly being added to the current hundred libraries. But Apple may have just released the most current emojis of all.
The company has refined its existing syringe icon, adapting it into a far less graphic emoji thumbnail “vaccine”. It just seemed like the blood had to be removed. The newly emptied syringe is said to have countered the misconception that vaccinations are creepy in any way. Check out our best free graphic design software if you want to create your own emoji (it doesn’t have to be a syringe).
Until last year, emoji syringes were mostly blood donations. “Good emojis can stand for multiple purposes,” says Keith Broni, deputy emoji emotion officer (now the job title) at Emojipedia.
“The problem with displaying blood in an emoji syringe is an unnecessary limitation. Removing a certain liquid from the inside allows for versatility. It’s fair to say that the theme of blood is well represented on the emoji keyboard, and maybe a less specific design would be better to serve the syringe.”
And in a bizarrely sublime comparison, Broni even manages to equate vaccines with emojis. “New emojis and new vaccines have more in common than it might seem at first glance,” the site explains. “Both require the oversight of different boards, it takes them years to get approved, and they result in different applications from different companies, but each with the same goal in mind.” Of course, Emojipedia. Of course.
While the universal symbol of the syringe makes sense, we can’t help but wonder: why not keep both? Since the original was more appropriate for discussions about blood donation (which, you know, is still a thing), it would certainly still benefit. And Twitter seems to agree:
blood / why not just … adding new and keeping old ?? … https://t.co/O1K0OcMOrKFebruary 17, 2021
why not just do another nonsense https://t.co/piEhkIqdNTFebruary 17, 2021
we have to fill it up is ready to sacrifice https://t.co/XhZ2Ca0XwpFebruary 17, 2021
This is by no means the first time that Apple has tuned an existing emoji. The most famous is that in 2016, he changed emoji emotions from a gun from a realistic revolver to a light green water pistol in 2016. And in 2018, he changed his emoji pictures in the shape of a bagel, including cream cheese, after a call from New Yorkers.
While the decision to replace the original syringe may seem strange, at least the new version is a more versatile icon. And as coronavirus vaccines continue to spread around the world, we hope the new design will benefit a lot in the coming months. But as the answer shows, users can be quite relentless when it comes to changing their favorite icons – something Google recently discovered in a harder way with the new Gmail icon.