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Apple fixes squid, mosquito and abacus emoji in iOS 13

Apple fixes squid, mosquito and abacus emoji in iOS 13
Apple's old abacus emoji had a a 2x4 bead arrangement that was historically inaccurate. Apple also reoriented it to reflect how it would have been used with the beads on top and bottom. (Picture: Emojipedia)

The squid, mosquito and abacus emoji have all suffered at the hands of Apple, which has been depicting the emoji incorrectly on its devices until now. But with the release of iOS 13.1, nitpickers the world over can breathe a sigh of relief.

The latest version of iOS makes changes to 24 emoji, according to Emojipedia. Most notably, the squid emoji will finally have a siphon in the center of its face, the mosquito emoji will have three pairs of legs instead of the awkward two and a half, and the abacus will be historically accurate. 

The problems with the abacus emoji were publicized in May when it was spotted that Apple was using a 2x4 bead arrangement. Traditionally, Chinese accountants and mathematicians used an abacus with a 2x5 arrangement. But Apple’s new emoji uses the Greek/Roman style abacus, which uses a 1x4 arrangement.

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