Unicode Names Replaced in macOS Sierra

Apple today released the latest update to OS X, referred to as macOS 10.12 Sierra. This update brings iOS 10 emoji updates to the Mac, but also uses its own non-Unicode names for each emoji.

For example, 🙏 Person With Folded Hands is listed as hands pressed together in the emoji picker for macOS Sierra.

Emoji name changes shown in macOS Sierra include:

Not every emoji gets a new name, though a considerable number do — especially among the Smileys & People section.

While some of the Apple Emoji Names make the emoji meaning clearer, others seem to just tweak the name without any particular improvement.

For example:

Lastly there is this:


Above: 💩 Pile of Poo is renamed Pile of Poop in macOS Sierra.

In many ways, this could make sense for an all-Apple ecosystem.

While Unicode character names cannot change, Apple is free to do what they like with the user interface for emoji input (and there is no doubt some Unicode character names can seem confusing or out of step with what they depict)

The larger compatibility issue is whether users know if Apple's Grinning Face With Squinting Eyes is the same as 😁, 😄 or 😆 when sending cross platform.

Does that seem like a concern Apple might have? Not in my eyes.

What do you think?

Jeremy Burge

Jeremy Burge

Jeremy Burge is the Editor in Chief of Emojipedia and host of the Emoji Wrap podcast.

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