How to quickly create fun GIFs in iMessage using the Tumblr app

By Steffen Reich on Oct 24, 2016

The other day I made a rare visit to my iMessage App Store. Amongst a multitude of others, Tumblr, an App that never fully struck a chord with me, had add an iMessage app to my ‘Manage’ tab, silently begging for me to take it for a spin. I sighed and flicked the switch on, not knowing what to expect from the extension – and have not looked back since. Read More

 

TextCounter displays how many texts you’ve sent and received in the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 16, 2016

TextCounter is a new jailbreak tweak that can help put into perspective just how much you’re texting people.

It keeps track of how many sent and received messages you have in your Messages app and then shows them to you in various interfaces in the app. Read More

 

How to use iMessage Apps in iOS 10 Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch lets you spruce up your messaging game with stickers, emojireactions, bubble and screen effectsanimated expressions of your feelings and iMessage Apps for things like OpenTable reservations, Apple Music integration, animated GIF creation and more.

This tutorial details important things pertaining to third-party iMessage Apps, including finding and installing them in the App Store, organizing them on the Messages App Shelf, disabling those you seldom use and deleting ones you no longer need. Read More

 

Identifying songs inside iOS 10 Messages with Shazam’s new iMessage app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2016

Shazam, a music identification service that’s integrated into iOS (“Hey Siri, what song is this?”), recently celebrated a billionth download of its popular mobile app. Today, the company pushed a sweet little update to Shazam and Shazam Encore iOS apps in the App Store. Bumped to version 10.1, the refresh software packs in a brand new iMessage app with support for music detection within iOS 10’s stock Messages app, here’s how to use it. Read More

 

You can reduce motion and keep iMessage effects in iOS 10.1 beta

By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2016

A handy improvement has been discovered in the first two betas of iOS 10.1: the ability to reduce motion while retaining the various iOS 10 iMessage features. It seems Apple has heard the complaints of users (me included) who like to turn off Parallax and other UI animations, but still want to be able to enjoy the new Messages app. Read More

 

How to send kisses, heartbeats, heartbreaks, taps, sketches, and fireballs on Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 4, 2016

If you own an Apple Watch, then there are several ways you can reply your new messages right from your wrist. You no longer have to reply with only words.

Starting with watchOS 3, you can take advantage of Digital Touch, which lets you send all kinds of custom animations right from your wrist with combinations of taps and gestures. Read More

 

Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $302.4 million in patent retrial

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2016

A jury has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to VirnetX Holding Corp over using its patented virtual private networking protocols in FaceTime and iMessage on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The case will now go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC before VirnetX sees any payout, Reuters and Bloomberg reported today. Read More

 

How to add reactions to the iMessages you receive

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 1, 2016

When someone sends you an iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, you can do way more than just reply to it; you can also send your reaction to the message, starting with iOS 10.

Sometimes there’s no better way to show someone how you feel about what they’ve said than with some sort of visual effect as opposed to simply saying something back, and that’s why Apple implemented this feature. Read More

 

Apple threatens pulling an app for pranking friends with stickers that mimic iMessage bubbles

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2016

Apple on Friday threatened to pull Phoneys, a 99-cent sticker pack which lets you prank friends by putting words in their mouth. The #1 Top Paid item in the Messages App Store, Phoneys employs a simple trick to make the illusion work: it provides stickers that look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles. Phoneys developer Adam Howell says Apple told him it would be pulling the app next Thursday unless it’s fundamentally changed so that the stickers looked nothing like iMessage bubbles. Read More

 

How to set up read receipts for specific conversations in the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 30, 2016

Beginning with iOS 10, you can now choose who gets to see when you’ve read their iMessages and who doesn’t, as the feature can be configured on a per conversation basis. Read More