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How to send and receive SMS text messages on iPad and Mac

Confirm Messages on iPhone for Other Devices

You can send and receive SMS text messages on your iPhone from those who have a different brand of device automatically. But, your iPad and Mac work a little differently. You may have noticed that you can only exchange text messages using the Messages app if the other person has an Apple device.

Fortunately, you can change this so that you never miss a message no matter which device you’re using at the time. Here’s how to send and receive SMS text messages on iPad and Mac.

How to send voice messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Send voice messages on iPhone

We all send text messages and make phone calls to communicate. But, what if you want to share something with a friend, family member, or even a coworker in spoken words that they can save? For example, maybe it’s your toddler who’s just beginning to talk, a direct quote from an important interview, or just a heartfelt message that you want your recipient to actually hear.

For things like this and so much more, you can send a voice message. You can easily record your own words or those of another and send them via text that the other person can save. Here’s how to send voice messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac

Whenever you want to save a block of important text to your Mac, you probably copy and paste it into the Notes app or into a text editor to save it as a text document. But, did you know you could save any body of text on your Mac as a spoken iTunes track instead?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any highlighted body of text into a spoken iTunes audio track.

How to use the hidden emoticons on your iPhone \(^o^)/

Use funny emoticons on iPhone

Hidden within iOS’ Japanese keyboard are a slew of little-known ASCII faces that have been prebuilt by Apple. These fun and quirky faces are great for sending a friendly face to a friend or spouse via iMessage or another form of text-based communication to express how you’re feeling at a moment in time, and you don’t have to speak Japanese to use them.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can access them so you can start spicing up your conversations.

Hands-on with Couria, an upcoming quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS 8

Couria is a quick reply and quick compose tweak for iOS that originally debuted back in the iOS 7 days. Today, the Messaging landscape for jailbroken devices is significantly different, with a key major player, biteSMS, now defunct.

With this in mind, a few tweaks that are currently in the works are hoping to reinvigorate the Messaging app tweak genre. One of them, Couria, plays heavily on the infrastructure already put in place by Apple, piggybacking on the native quick reply feature in iOS 8.

Truth lets you send anonymous text messages to your contacts

You know that friend you’ve been hanging out with for the past few months? The one you are too shy to ask out? You’ve probably gone home alone after a group get-together, kicking yourself for not pulling that friend aside and asking for a date.

Truth – Just Say It is an anonymous way for you to tell that friend you are interested without having to expose your vulnerability. If you are rejected, your friend won’t even know it was you…

Ultratext is a fun app that will spice up your iMessages

I'm not big on messaging. I don't do Snapchat. I don't do Whatsapp. I barely use Twitter DMs. However, I'm a pretty big iMessage user, the messaging platform introduced by Apple along iOS 5 in 2011.

iMessage is great because it allows you to communicate with any iOS user in a very simple way. There is no app to download, no account to create, and no password to remember. Oh, and yes, it works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac too.

While trawling the App Store earlier today, I found Ultratext, a fun app that lets you send GIF messages to your contacts, giving iMessage a little more spice and colors...

Apple being sued over long-standing iMessage issue

A former iPhone user has filed a lawsuit against Apple over a long-standing iMessage issue. The complaint was filed yesterday in San Jose, California by Adrienne Moore, who says the company's messaging system is interfering with text messaging on her new Android phone.

This issue has affected a number of former iPhone owners, who have switched to Android or another device. The problem is that when a person switches handsets, other iPhones still associate that phone number with iMessage, thus hampering their ability to text message...