Apple Overhauls iMessage to Compete with Snapchat and Messenger
Apple today showed off a new version of iMessage bound for iOS 10 that should help the app compete with the likes of Snapchat and Facebook Messenger. The new iMessage app makes it far easier to find and use emoji, which now appear bigger on the screen. A tool can automatically find every word that can be "emojified" and a simple tap will convert those words to the corresponding emoji. iMessage gains new emotion bubbles that convey the intensity of messages with small, medium, large, and huge text/animations. Users can create new stylized photos, and recipients can now react to those photos with "likes" and such. Apple Music previews shared through iMessage are playable without leaving iMessage. Most importantly, iMessage is now open to third-party developers. Apple believes developers can do really interesting things by adding their own extensions and functions to iMessage. For example, iMessage can support stickers that can be moved around and placed on photos before they are shared. Apple also showed off an app that makes it possible to collaborate on a lunch order through iMessage. The new iMessage is available on the iPhone and iPad, while the Mac and Apple Watch can receive (though not create) the richer messages.
First Look: Apple iOS 11
Apple debuted iOS 11 during the June 5 keynote of its annual developer conference. The refreshed mobile operating system is primed to hit iPhones and iPads later this year with improvements to the App Store, Apple Maps, the camera, Control Center, Files, keyboard, iMessage, Live Photos, Siri, screenshots, and much more.
Review: Apple iOS 10
Apple's iOS 10 gives iPhones and iPads a healthy serving of new features. Some are easy to discover, while others are not.
Apple Reveals iOS 10 Features
Apple today showed off iOS 10, what it calls the biggest release of iOS ever for both end users and developers. To start, the platform changes up the lock screen, making it easier to access the camera, notifications, Control Center, and widgets.
Apple Provides iMessage Bug Workaround
Apple today published steps consumers can take to temporarily resolve a bug impacting iMessage. Some users who receive a specific string of characters report that their iMessage app crashes.
Apple Releases Tool to Remove Numbers from iMessage
Apple has published a tool on its web site that makes it easy for people to remove their phone number from iMessage. Phone users who switch away from the iPhone but keep the same number sometimes lose text messages from other iPhones because Apple keeps them within the iMessage service.