At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced iOS 10 for its iPhones and iPads. The latest iOS iteration brings some major UI changes and improvements to native apps like Apple Music and digital assistant Siri. Apple also introduced major changes to its iMessage that focuses on making conversations easier and more fun. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
Like WhatsApp, Apple now shows rich links within iMessage. This allows users to open YouTube videos and Apple Music links, very similar to how Facebook’s Messenger works. While iMessage now lets you access a revamped gallery, it also focuses on emojis, which now appear three times larger. Also, the keyboard shows emojis suggestions for text. Users can tap on highlighted texts to swap them with emojis. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
Apple has introduced bubble effects and have texts swell and shrink as users want to use them. There’s a scribble feature that lets you send tapbacks, which seems inspired by Messenger. A new feature called Digital Touch lets you send custom sticker-like images. Users can doodle on the image to make it more fun.
Now, you can send handwritten text messages as well as have full-screen effects. But one of the best effects is the invisible link, which lets you hide your text with an effect. The recipient needs to swipe on the effect to see your message, which could be simple text message or an image. This will help those who like to add more dramatic effect in their iMessages.
The company also announced opening iMessage to developers. Like Facebook’s Messenger, Apple iMessage will allow integration of third party apps for gifs, payments, stickers and so on. Users can download apps through an app drawer and make the conversations more fun. Apple demoed integrating Stickers into iMessages through a dedicated app. The company also announced end-to-end encryption for iMessage for more security.