Apple’s iOS 10 has been rolled out to all users, and those with a compatible iPhone or iPad can install the new OS on their device. One of the most prominent new features in iOS 10 is how iMessage has changed, and now includes a fun quotient as well as its own App Store. So how does one send stickers on iMessage or Handwritten notes or messages in Invisible Ink? We explain all you need to know about iMessage in iOS 10.
Discovering the App Store
Apple iMessage now has its own App Store, and support for third-party apps. For instance, Apple Music links can now be shared inside an iMessage thread. Remember your friends needs to be on iMessage for you to share these new features, which means they need an iOS device. Any thread with a blue colour for the messages is an iMessage, anything in green means the user is not on iOS.
When you open an iMessage thread, you’ll see the App Store symbol next to the message bubble. Tap on that, and it will show options like Recents, Music and Images and a Store symbol. The store is where you can download apps, stickers from, and these will get added to the list once you add them. Music is for sharing Apple Music links. Images will let you share GIFs, images from the Internet as well.
Recents is the tab that shows all the feature, you might have tried earlier, like Handwritten notes, a sticker, etc, which is convenient if you are planning to send the same thing again to someone else.
Drawing on photos you wish to send
Apple iMessage will now let you scribble on photos, videos that you send to your friends. For photos, just tap the camera symbol in iMessage and choose a picture, and tap on it. Once it appears on the message bubble, just long press on it and it will open all over the screen, with the option for MarkUp, Edit at the bottom.
Tap on MarkUp and you will be able to draw on it in various colours or add text from the options below. You can change the intensity of the pen as well by tapping the menu symbol, and choose how thick you want the lines to be. Once you do, just run your hand all over the picture for the effect. Tap save, hit done and then just send.
There’s also an option to send videos, which have some text, or scribbles or even the Digital Touch feature on top of them. This is via the Digital Touch tab. When you open an iMessage thread, you’ll see this heart with two fingers on top of it. This is the Digital Touch section. Just tap on it and there’s a video camera symbol below. Tap on that and the video camera comes on, take a video and you can write on it while it is being shot from the colourful pen options on top. Once done, just hit send. As the video plays, the scribbled text or drawing appears exactly at the moment you chose to draw it.
Video messages sent via Digital Touch will disappear after sometime, but there is an option to keep it as well. Just tap on ‘Keep’ after you’ve sent the message. This appears inside the thread.
Customising colours on iMessage
You can tinker with the colour options on Digital Touch in iMessage. Just long press any colour option and a colour palette will open up. Move the wheel to whichever colour suits your fancy, and press done. The earlier colour will get replaced by this new one.
Digital Touch is similar to how the feature works on the Apple Watch. On Digital Touch you can either Sketch, (Draw with one finger) Tap with one finger, send a fireball (press screen with one finger), send a kiss (tap with two fingers), send a heartbeat (tap and hold with two fingers) or send a heartbreak (tap and hold with two fingers, then drag down). Also as soon as you try out any of these Digital Touch options, they will be sent to that user, so be careful who you end up sending that heart or kiss to.
These digital touch messages will disappear after some time but again the option to keep them is there. Users can also scribble on a black background with various colours. Again this is part of digital touch. A user can also reply to a digital touch message, with responses like laughing, question, etc and yes these responses also disappear.
Sending Handwritten Notes
Apple iMessage now has an option to send a message in a handwritten note style. Just open the message box, make sure your iPhone’s Auto-Rotate Lock is off. Switch to landscape mode in the message box, and automatically, the handwritten notes will appear. There are some pre-written notes like Hello, Congratulations, Happy Birthday etc, and you can tap on one of these.
Add more to these messages by hitting the arrow on the right, and expand the writing space for extra text. You can always undo what you write, by tapping Undo on the top left-hand corner.
Once your handwritten message is done, just tap to send. If you don’t like it, you can always click on the cross symbol on top of the message, delete it and try a new one.
There’s an option to find GIFs and Videos in the Images tab inside that App Store symbol on iMessage. Once you tap on Images, you’ll see a number of GIFs to choose from and you can just tap on one to send it.
Sticker packs are now supported on iMessage in iOS, and you need to download them from the inbuilt App Store. One you open the iMessage App Store, there’s a whole a section called Stickers right at the bottom. Tap on that, and you’ll find various options. Some of the good ones from Disney are paid and cost Rs 60-Rs 150 each.
These stickers can also be found on the regular App Store. Also the other iMessage Apps are available here as well.
Sending invisible ink, confetti, balloons
Just type out your message, and before hitting send long press the blue send button. Another menu will pop-up with the option to send in invisible ink (message will be hidden and only when the user taps it will this open), slam, loud and gentle effect. On the top there’s a tab called Screen; switch to that and you can keep swiping right for options like Balloons, Confetti, Laser, Fireworks, Shooting Stars. The entire Message screen will be covered in this when you apply these screen settings.
Replacing text with emojis
So in order to replace text with emojis, just type out your iMessage. Say you write something like, “I’m so angry right now.” Then tap on the emoji button (you need to have the official emoji keyboard installed on your iPhone for this). As soon as the emoji keyboard is up, iMessage will show words like angry, happy, etc in yellow. Tap on it, and you can choose the right emoji to replace the word.
In order to install the emoji keyboard, go to settings>general>keyboard>keyboards>Add New Keyboard. Choose Emoji keyboard and add it to the list.
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