I cannot find the mention about the removal of flags and replacing them with country codes for language switcher.

I am talking about this change:

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Previously there was a full-fledged American flag icon instead of "US".

Can anybody help to locate that in some official release docs?

  • May be because some people complained about flags like in here : a guy wanted to have Russian keyboard but not the Russia flag.
    – Ptit Xav
    May 27, 2022 at 12:41
  • This is close to being off topic since there's not a practical question I can see and it's more about what Apple has or hasn't done in the form of a yes/no question.
    – bmike
    Oct 24, 2022 at 13:06
  • Does this answer your question? How do I get back the input source flags on my menu bar?
    – Ezekiel
    Oct 24, 2022 at 13:24

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I have not seen it mentioned yet in any Apple release docs, but this general topic has already been discussed here.

  • I would very much expect Apple to not explain this as flags are quite polarizing for reasons of international conflict. Language is the thing that's being switched and in many countries, the political borders do not reflect a unified language which changes far slower than redrawing a border. +1 for this answer, it's likely correct for the long haul and is correct now.
    – bmike
    Oct 24, 2022 at 13:05

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