For Canadians, the most exciting feature of Apple's latest iOS update wasn't its Wi-Fi or message fixes.
No, it was an emoji keyboard with "over 300 new characters."
And Canada's red and white maple leaf flag is among them.
Canada is now considered important enough by Apple to have its own flag emoji eh! 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/8VKolIvzEw— Duyen Chau (@DTChau) April 9, 2015
Canadians have agitated for an emoji of the flag since at least 2013, when some realized they couldn't use one on Canada Day, Mashable reported.
The update had plenty of Twitter users pumped about the new feature.
83% of Canadians are just making up reasons to use the new Canadian flag emoji— Stats Canada (@stats_canada) April 9, 2015
Words cannot describe how happy I am that there's a Canada emoji I'm just gonna put the emoji after everything 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦— Simone (@SimoneDanielIe) April 9, 2015
Say goodbye to 🍁 and hello to the 🇨🇦 emoji. #Canada— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) April 9, 2015
But that wasn't the only new emoji introduced in the latest iOS update.
It also included icons with more skin tones, as well as emojis to represent different family structures.
glad that people with two moms or two dads have a more accurate emoji to represent their family now pic.twitter.com/icSTHvAbKm— alyssa bereznak (@alyssabereznak) April 8, 2015
Yahoo! Canada also suggested a few more quintessential Canadiana emojis worth considering in the future.
We fully support every one of these icons becoming a reality.
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