iOS 10 Messages unveiled

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The future of messaging is no longer just text and Apple knows it. At WWDC 2016, Apple unveiled their new messaging app and has integrated a lot of new features to help you express yourself more.

Here are some of Apple’s big updates to their messages app:

1) Send surprises  

You can now add the element of surprise to your texts with Invisible Ink. This new feature will add a sparkling overlay to your photo or message to hide it until the recipient swipes over it to reveal the message beneath.

You can also add animations that take over the entire screen when you say things like “happy birthday” which will send balloons floating across the entire screen.

2) Respond faster than ever before

The QuickType keyboard will now get help from Siri to enable you to respond faster. For example, if someone asks what a certain person’s number is, then you will automatically have suggestions such as the contact info to quickly reply back.

There is also the Tapback feature which lets you tap an instant message such as like, dislike, love, haha, exclamation points and a question mark.

3) Turn words into Emoji’s

Tap to replace emoji is a new feature that allows you to simply turn words into an emoji at the tap of a button. Apple will scan your text and then highlight the words that can be replaced by an emoji at a tap.

This means you know longer have to scroll through all the emoji’s to find the one you are looking for.

Also emoji’s are now 3 times bigger!

4) Write it yourself

Apple messages now let’s you write in your own hand. So if you’d prefer to put things into your own handwriting or add a little doodle now you can. You can even draw onto videos if you want to add a personal touch.

5) Apple Stickers

It has been done before but now Apple is getting into Stickers. You can stick them onto photos or even text bubbles to add a little bit more fun to your messages.

6) iMessage Apps

With iMessage Apps you can now easily access your favourite apps to create and share content, make payments and much much more.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg with IOS 10 and we can’t wait to see what developers come up with before it rolls out this autumn! 

Luke Stanley