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Taiwan Flag faraway from emoji keyboard on iOS for Hong Kong and Macau customers

A report by way of Hong Kong Free Press means that Apple has eliminated the Taiwan Flag from its emoji library in iOS 13.1.1, for customers in Hong Kong and Macau. Based on their report:

The Republic of China flag emoji has disappeared from Apple iPhone’s keyboard for Hong Kong and Macau customers. The change occurred for customers who up to date their telephones to the most recent working system.

Updating iPhones to iOS 13.1.1 or above precipitated the flag emoji to vanish from the emoji keyboard. The flag, generally utilized by customers to indicate Taiwan, can nonetheless be displayed by typing “Taiwan” in English, and selecting the flag in prediction candidates.

The change was noticed on Twitter, with customers in HK and Macau, noticing that after updating iOS to 13.1.1, the flag was now not out there for choice in iOS.

While this will likely look like a non-issue to some, the political standing of Taiwan within the area is an especially delicate subject. Taiwan has been basically an impartial nation since 1950. Nonetheless, China has claimed sovereignty over the area since 1949, following the defeat of the Nationalist Authorities within the Chinese language Civil Conflict. As such, China doesn’t recognise Taiwan as an impartial nation, and refuses to have diplomatic relations with any nation that recognises Taiwan as “The Republic of China”, moderately than a rebellious province of the Folks’s Republic of China.

As famous within the Twitter submit, the Taiwan flag is already locked/unavailable in China, and now it appears that evidently this has been prolonged to customers in HK and Macau in iOS 13.1.1. Based on a submit from Hiraku, any system mannequin which has CN (China) or ZA (Hong Kong) as its area won’t have the Taiwan emoji on its keyboard. Any customers from one other area who adjustments their area to CN or ZA will see the emoji dissapear.

Based on HKFP:

“Because of this all Hong Kong gadgets since iPhone XS / XR with iOS 13.1.1 or above don’t present Taiwanese (ROC) flag in Emoji keyboard any extra, and there is no workaround to move this restriction,” the article stated.

“Then again, gadgets in different areas can add this restriction with software program settings. If you wish to attempt, simply change your iOS 13.1.1+ system area to Hong Kong, and be sure that the interface language isn’t set to ‘Conventional Chinese language (Taiwan),’ after which you could find that the Taiwanese flag is lacking…”

The information comes within the wake of studies {that a} maps app designed to chart protest/police exercise in Hong Kong was initially rejected by Apple, after which subsequently authorized.




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