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Apple Revises Bagel Emoji After Complaints

Apple provided an update to its new bagel emoji adding cream cheese to the otherwise plain bagel, soothing the nerves of furious users.

One of tech’s biggest crises this week was solved with a makeover…for a bagel emoji.

Okay, I’ll happily admit it: I think a bagel isn’t truly a bagel without cream cheese. And I don’t need any of that weird flavored cream cheese.

Just heat the bagel — preferably a little toasting — and apply a generous layer of regular cream cheese and I’m perfectly content.

Maybe that’s why outraged Twitter users started complaining earlier this month about a recently-released bagel emoji.

Twitter user Downtown Josh Brown, for example, said it looks like “something you get from a cardboard box in the freezer section at Walmart.”

Well we can’t have that, can we?

Though emoji are defined by Unicode, an independent standards group, each tech company gets to come up with the images it uses to illustrate them on its platforms.

I have learned something new. (This is the kind of useless knowledge that could some day help me win on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.)

The original version apparently was just a plain bagel sliced in half. The Verge has photos of the “before” and “after” versions.

The “before” version, to me, doesn’t look bad enough to make me spend time complaining about it on Twitter. 

The “after” on the other hand, does look more appealing.

Even so, I guess I’m just not the type who embraces those little pictograms over actual words. For me, it is literally quicker to type out the word bagel than it would be to navigate to the emoji section of my smartphone keyboard and hunt for it and then make the single keystroke that adds it to whatever I’m typing.

When I was a kid, I played with an old Royal manual typewriter the way some kids played with model airplanes. So I’ve been typing since before I could spell. 

Typing comes a lot easier for me than most, I suppose.

But honestly, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Apparently, the alternative means spending far too much time griping about tiny little icons!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.