How to access the Vulcan salute emoji in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

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in iPhone edited April 2015
Thanks to a feature hidden in iOS 8.3, Star Trek fans can apply a Vulcan salute emoji to texts, tweets and messages viewable by other iOS device and Mac owners running Apple's latest software updates.




The Vulcan salute was not included as part of Apple's new emoji pack released with iOS 8.3 on Wednesday, but support for the special character does exist at the system level, meaning it can be used as a standard keyboard shortcut option.

To get the emoji on your iPhone or iPad, visit this tweet on an iOS device running iOS 8.3. Tap and hold to highlight the text, adjust to select the Vulcan salute character and tap "Copy" in the contextual pop-up menu.

Next, visit device Settings > General > Keyboard and click on the Shortcuts option. Apple's iOS lets you create text shortcuts for commonly used phrases. For example, typing in "omw" turns into "On my way!"




In the Shortcuts pane, click on the "+" icon at the top right corner to add a new phrase. Since you already have the Vulcan salute emoji copied to Clipboard, tap and hold or double-tap inside the Phrase text box and select "Paste."

You can enter in any suitable recall phrase as a Shortcut, like the "vulcan" example provided above. Tapping on Save will store the shortcut for later use.

Now, when you type "vulcan" (or your preferred recall phrase) in virtually any app, iOS will change that text into a Vulcan salute emoji.




If you're using a Mac running OS X 10.10.3, visit the tweet above and perform the same copy procedure. In the System Preferences menu, click on Keyboard > Text and click on the "+" symbol to add a new text shortcut. Double-click in the space provided under Replace and type in your recall phrase, then paste the Vulcan salute in the With column.



Users beware that recall phrases apply to folder names as well.

Only users running iOS 8.3 are capable of seeing Apple's Vulcan emoji. Those still on iOS 8.2 or below will see the character replaced by an alien emoji, while Mac users running OS X 10.10.2 or below get an empty box.
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  • Reply 1 of 27
    redefilerredefiler Posts: 323member
    Looks like shortcuts are synced with iCloud, so once the shortcut was created on my iPad, it showed up on my iPhone as well.
  • Reply 2 of 27
    robmrobm Posts: 1,068member
    ????
    :D
  • Reply 3 of 27
    fahlmanfahlman Posts: 725member

    I thought about using \\//_, but that was too much work so I used "llap".

  • Reply 4 of 27
    fahlman wrote: »
    I thought about using \\//_, but that was too much work so I used "llap".

    I should have thought of that, I set it as Sybok.
  • Reply 5 of 27
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,789member
    Highly illogical.
  • Reply 6 of 27
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,789member

    (duplicate)

  • Reply 7 of 27
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,418member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

     

    (duplicate)


    highly redundant <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> image 

    wish I could figure out how to get the thing onto my MBAir too...

  • Reply 8 of 27
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,130member

    Fascinating.

  • Reply 9 of 27
    I went with IDIC, short for Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations from Vulcan philosophy.
  • Reply 10 of 27
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,156member
    Easter egg?! Apple?! I haven't seen an Apple Easter egg since the OS 8 days, where you could hold option and go about the Finder (iirc) and it'd show you a picture of Apple's campus :)
  • Reply 11 of 27
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Elijahg View Post



    Easter egg?! Apple?! I haven't seen an Apple Easter egg since the OS 8 days, where you could hold option and go about the Finder (iirc) and it'd show you a picture of Apple's campus image

    Even OS X has them. Check out the Text Edit icon in high-res some time.

     

    iOS has them too. The Maps icon prior to iOS 6 showed Infinite Loop, now it shows the location of the new campus. And the Reading List icon in iOS has someone's familiar glasses.

  • Reply 12 of 27

    Updated post with instructions for OS X 10.10.3.

  • Reply 13 of 27
    robmrobm Posts: 1,068member
    heh - there was the favourite Bruce hidden in fcp. No idea if he's still there in fcpX
    Call the Yak !
  • Reply 14 of 27
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Elijahg View Post



    Easter egg?! Apple?! I haven't seen an Apple Easter egg since the OS 8 days, where you could hold option and go about the Finder (iirc) and it'd show you a picture of Apple's campus image

     

    Yeah, it's not really an Easter Egg because it's officially defined in Unicode:

    1F596 ???? RAISED HAND WITH PART BETWEEN MIDDLE AND RING FINGERS

     

    I do demand they be standards-compliant and implement the immediately preceeding

    1F595 ???? REVERSED HAND WITH MIDDLE FINGER EXTENDED

  • Reply 15 of 27
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    robm wrote: »
    heh - there was the favourite Bruce hidden in fcp. No idea if he's still there in fcpX
    Call the Yak !

    Ha! Thats cool! ????
  • Reply 16 of 27
    dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by caliminius View Post



    I went with IDIC, short for Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations from Vulcan philosophy.

    Hi, Sheldon. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 17 of 27
    dougddougd Posts: 292member
    That's cool but what I really want is "the finger" emoji
  • Reply 18 of 27
    blitz1blitz1 Posts: 413member
    That's not an easter egg
  • Reply 19 of 27
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Thanks?
    For.........\????
    The.....????/ >
    Tip!..... _I\_
  • Reply 20 of 27
    robmrobm Posts: 1,068member
    @gtr
    "I’m glad it’s getting weird again. I didn’t understand it when it wasn’t weird";
    Sayings of Bruce
    :D
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