iOS 10 brought us a whole new iMessage App Store. It’s been a year and while the iMessage App Store is filled with some amazing sticker packs, it hasn’t exactly revolutionized how we use apps. So in iOS 11, Apple is trying once again to improve the experience. It’s not faster and simpler to actually use and organize iMessage apps.
Apple concluded WWDC 2017 earlier this week by announcing new Business Chat feature for iMessage. As the name indicates, Business Chat will let businesses use iMessage to communicate with users. Apple has partnered with LivePerson, Nuance, and Salesforce to bring Business Chat to iMessage, and it is using the Customer Service Platform from Genesys to achieve this.
Customizing your iOS device is one of the primary reasons of jailbreaking. If you wish to change the look of certain UI elements of the Messages app, then you may want to check out a new jailbreak tweak known as BetterMessages.
iMessage Effects, both bubble and full screen, were some of the most fun elements in the updated iOS 10. But on day one, we discovered that they just didn’t show up for a lot of users. People who had the “Reduce Motion” accessibility feature turned on. A lot of users did this after iOS 7 came out. This setting removes the animations from the OS. Like opening and closing apps. But to be able to send Lasers to group chats, these users now had to disable Reduce Motion.
iMessage bubble effects in iOS 10 are taking over our chats. Slamming some text on the screen never gets old. Neither does sending not even remotely secret text in “invisible ink” mode. But what if you missed what effect a message was sent it? Before today, that effect was just lost. Now, there’s a way to replay it.
The iMessage apps gold rush is here. I wish developers would understand that just because the can create iMessage apps, doesn’t mean that they should. But of course, they are. Even if it doesn’t make much sense for their app. And you can bet that almost every hip app that you have installed has a sticker pack now (apps like BuzzFeed and Alto’s Adventure). And when you update them, these iMessage apps will be installed automatically. Cluttering your app drawer. And once you have too many iMessage apps, it actually slows the app down.
Every single app that can create an iMessage extension for their app is creating one. It can be adorable stickers for their game characters or an ill thought out extension of their product that doesn’t really make sense. The problem is that when you automatically update all your apps after installing iOS 10, all these iMessage apps get added to your iMessage app drawer, automatically. And that can be annoying at best and could slow down the Messages app at the worst.
Apple has been forced to start blocking GIF search terms in iMessage for iOS 10 after users started seeing adult content. Inadvertently searching for things like “huge” and “bounce” returned NSFW animations that Apple doesn’t want its users to stumble upon.
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