iOS 10's Messages app will be a huge update, gets its own app store


Today, Apple announced iOS 10, and with it – a Messaging app that's been renovated from the ground up. While a big part of the new Messages will be tied to iMessage, that is to say iPhone-to-iPhone chat, there are also some exciting features for old-school SMS users. There's quite a lot to cover, so let's get started!

#1 Rich links

Say goodbye to those long, unsightly addresses called URLs. From iOS 10 on, posting a web link through Messages will result in a nice preview, with a post excerpt and an image illustration, if available – just the way it should be in the 21st century. For some links, Apple has taken rich links a step further: for example, YouTube links to videos will play right inside the Messages app.

#2 Camera & Photos access

From the message composition screen, a swipe up will reveal your camera viewfinder, allowing you to snap a pic for instant sharing. Alternatively, a swipe to the left from the viewfinder will bring out your image gallery.

#3 Bigger and faster emojis

Apple is trying to improve its Emoji keyboard proposition on every possible occasion, and iOS 10 will be no different. First off, emojis will look much better in the new Messages app, as they will be 3x bigger than before. And second, Apple is introducing a new tap-to-replace feature: while typing a message, words that can be associated to certain emojis will be highlighted, meaning that a simple tap on them will immediately transform them into the appropriate emoji. What can we say but: expect a lot more of those funky little pics to start visiting your inbox come this fall!

#4 Swipe-to-reveal messages

With iOS 10, users will be able to send a message to someone and add a little bit of suspense to it, by using the new swipe-to-reveal effect. Working with both text and images, it acts like a heavy blur on top of your message. In order to reveal the contents, the recipient has to swipe over the message. It seems like a fun new feature which can add some playfulness to an otherwise ordinary chat session.

#5 Handwritten messages

It might seem a bit weird, but iOS 10's Messages will also let you scribble handwritten messages. Then, upon viewing it, the recipient will see a nice animation of the message being written out on their screen, for a nice personal touch.

#6 Quick reactions

Sometimes, we respond to what other people say in more subtle, nonverbal ways, like a quick nod, or a shrug. Similar type of reactions will be embedded into Messages for iOS 10 – simply tap on a message to tag it with one of six available quick responses. Like!

#7 Apps for iMessage

iOS 10 is going to open up Messages to third-party app developers. The idea here is that devs will be creating mini-apps that will be accessible right through Messages. Such apps may include sticker apps, Apple Music (we imagine for music sharing purposes), apps for money transfers, etc.

#8 Message bubble effects

Now that's a big one: similar to Google Allo's whisper/shout feature, iOS 10 messages will let you express a little bit of emotion by customizing the size and look of your message bubbles. A very nice example is the smash effect, which adds a pronounced force-impact to your message's appear animation, and not only that, but it also shakes up all other messages before it as well, which looks really cool.

And these were the biggest new features that will be integrated into Messages in iOS 10. Don't hesitate to let us know which one you like best!


You can check out most of these features in action at Apple's iOS 10 page.

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17 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad to see some bold moves Apple, not all are original, but they're certainly welcome. IOS 10 looks to be a great update thus far. My 6S Plus, and Air 2 are ready.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree bro. I just hope they don't forget to make the under the hood improvements to prevent another iPad Pro situation.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed. I'm watching WWDC as I type, and I'm loving what they've done. It's not about who had what first, cause some of these have been around for a bit, but I love the deep integration. Sometimes it's cool to reinvent the wheel. I'm genuinely excited for ios 10 bro.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My body is ready.

5. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

is it just me or 80% of all the things that were announced today are the apple version of what google announced 1 month ago ? dont get me wrong the changes are good , but i like to see bigger changes ... apple is starting to look kinda pale ...

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Honestly, what should apple do except trying to improve or better implement features that are already released elsewhere? I like what they showed today. But miss the alleged dark mode and picture in picture for iPhone.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, I'm loving ios 10, it's so engaging. They've taken some new things, mixed in some things already out there, and with deep innovative (Apple?) Intergration...come up with a totally refreshed ios 10. I haven't been genuinely excited for ios since 7, and now that feeling of excitement is back. I really can't wait for fall to download it. If the iphone looks and performs as good as ios is shaping up to be, I'd go for one. IOS 10 is fire.

16. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

How exciting man! The updates are truly innovative - Updates to Stock Apps, Lock Screen Widgets and Gesture based Wake! Wow! Never seen such innovation OMG!!!! Wow again!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow all the way!

8. savagx

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

I really like the features but almost all of them are shameless rip-offs. Sad how apple went from innovating to catching up.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

#whydoesitmatter?

11. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

well when they price things with a 700$ + price tag for 80 % copied features while you can pay half that for other phones it matters

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2368; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would say more like 70/30, but you are correct. However, if you were to ask me, I think Apple is going to have more success because they keep it all within the same popular application that most people use. The problem with Android is that when they introduce these new features, it's dependent on if people are all using the same app. You have an app for text messages and then Google Hangouts and so on and so forth. They need to have more unity and just force users to use just one app for messaging so that it'll be more successful.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

No one ever uses text messages in my country. Maybe this is useful in first-world-countries.

12. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Ehh I like the messaging app. The rest... not nearly as much. The only original features they are bringing are not going to be used by a majority of people and the rest will use them a couple times then forgotten. That's why the messaging app seem to be the best part of IOS 10 to me; It seems fun to use, unlike everything else that was unveiled today with respect to most apple users.

13. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

I might switch with my next upgrade to try out IOS11 but if my ipad is anything of an indication, I'll most likely stick to android.

15. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

What about the imessage coming to android

17. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Who is going to use iMessage when WhatsApp is around

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