Apple earlier this week announced its decision to change the gun emoji in iOS 10, to be released this fall. It plans to substitute an image of a green-and-orange squirt gun for the existing image of a black pistol.
The new version of the gun is one of more than 100 new and redesigned emoji characters that will be available in iOS 10.
The change appears to be a reflection of Apple’s stance against gun violence.
The company earlier this year led the fight to get the Unicode Consortium, which specifies the representation of text in modern software products and standards, to reject an emoji depicting a rifle.
News of Apple’s emoji change has sparked a debate.