Apple has just made a major change to the paella emoji

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Paella is universally acknowledged to be pretty damn tasty. But, lately, food enthusiasts have been fighting a battle to make the paella emoji more authentic. A battle they’ve just won. 

Apple has updated the appearance of the paella emoji on iOS to reflect the traditional version of the much-beloved dish from Valencia, Spain.

In 2016, Emojipedia designed a sample image for the paella emoji featuring chicken, shrimp and peas. This emoji was added to iOS 10.2 in December 2016. But, there was a problem.

“To the dismay of the authors of the original paella emoji proposal; the mixed ingredients used by Apple in iOS 10.2 did not match those used in traditional recipes from Valencia,” says Jeremy Burge, editor of Emojipedia. 

Social media users shared the hashtag #ComboiPaellaEmoji while discussing the “ingredient issue”. 

Burge says the first design looked good to him, but he was contacted by Guillermo Navarro — one of the authors of the original design proposal. “He wanted to let me know that the ingredients we used weren’t part of the traditional recipe from Valencia. ” 

“A year later, it looks like someone at Apple must have also agreed that this was a change worth making too. I’m sure many in Valencia will be happy with this upgrade to their meal,” says Burge. 

The Valencian recipe typically includes chicken, rabbit, a variety of beans, snails and rice. The new and improved emoji features chicken, lima beans and green beans and, importantly, doesn’t contain shrimp.

Navarro couldn’t be happier with the update. “All the Valencian society and Spain entire is very proud to have its national dish in The alphabet of XXI century (with the right ingredients),” says Navarro.

Anyone for paella? 

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