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.
The next app revolution is here. Ok it’s nowhere near as big as the App Store itself, but the iMessage App Store in iOS 10 is already seeing some very innovative apps, that run inside the keyboard in an iMessage conversation. But not all the apps available on day one are worth your attention. We tell you about the top 10 iMessage apps you should check out.
Stickers in iMessages are the hot new thing. Much better than use words, really. And there are all sorts of them. Fun ones, nerdy ones, annoying ones, and of course, Mario.
Messages app in iOS 10 has received its biggest update yet. It’s packed with features, everywhere. But if you don’t look closely enough, you might miss all the new stuff. The Messages app still looks just as it did in iOS 10. Most of the new features are hidden behind menus and 3D Touch gestures. Which is why we’ve got guides on how to discover and use every single new feature in Messages app in iOS 10.
iMessage has been opened up to developers in iOS 10. iMessage conversations are now mini playgrounds for app developers. You can use apps to do all sorts of things. Order group lunches, share cryptographic messages, even play small games.
There’s no escaping it. The new bubble and full-screen effects in the Messages app in iOS 10 are loud. Colorful, and loud. They’re fun, sure. But if your brain is annoyed by so many colors or sudden movement, you might have a problem using the Messages app. The thing is, Apple hasn’t included an off switch for this. So we’ll need to improvise.
For the longest time, there was no way to actually “type” a message on the Apple Watch. You could either send a pre-configured canned message, an emoji, a doodle, speak a message aloud and hope the Watch would transcribe it properly and that was it. To actually reply something, even if it was couple of letters, required you to pull out your iPhone. That changes with watchOS 3.