Apple’s expressive Messages app gained some interesting fullscreen effects with last year’s release of iOS 10. With iOS 11, Apple is bringing a pair of brand new effects to the built-in messaging app, called “Echo” and “Spotlight”.

The two new effects are in addition to the existing ones: Balloons, Celebration, Confetti, Love, Lasers, Fireworks and Shooting Star. To use these effects, press the Send button in Messages with 3D Touch, then tap the Screen tab at the top to swipe through real-time effect previews.

  • Echo, as the title suggests, multiplies your text all over the screen.
  • Spotlight puts a large spotlight on your chat bubble to emphasize your text.

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As for the so-called bubble effects, no new ones have been added in iOS 11. iOS 10 currently includes five different bubble effects: Slam, Loud, Gentle and Invisible Ink.

How do you like the two fancy new effects in Messages for iOS 11?

Let us know by posting a comment below.

  • Jay

    I don’t even use these anymore lol

  • burge

    Don’t send yourself the fireball image on this beta. Your message app will fail to open and you’ll need to use 3D Touch on the message app to open a new message then you can delete the message that’s causing the app to crash.

    • Jay

      So essentially if someone really sent it to you the sane thing would happen..

      • burge

        Yep Just use 3D Touch to get access by going to New Message then delete the message.

  • sg1969

    1. does anyone actually use this crap? I’ve never ever sent one or received one, nor have seen anyone else around me use it…
    2. if anyone sends me an “echo”, I will block them forever.