Apple Adds New Features to Its Messages App in iOS 10

Love it or hate it, it looks like Apple’s Messages app is adding a bunch of new features. Here are just a few of the updates you can look forward to seeing in iOS 10.

Rich Links

Now when a friend messages you a link to a website, you’ll see a website image and title instead of the standard, boring link you’re used to. So if your friend sends you a link to a picture, you can view it directly within the message—you can even watch videos without ever leaving the app!

Camera & Photos

We’ve been able to take pictures in the Messages app for a while, but now the process is even easier. When you hit the Camera button you’ll be able to view a live feed of what your camera sees and snap a photo if you want, as well as have access to the photos you’ve already taken.

Bigger Emoji

When you send an emoji in a text, it’s now 3x bigger. Simple as that. Note: they remain the same size they’ve always been when they are included with text.

Emoji Predictions

The amount of emojis available to us has become both exciting and overwhelming. There are so many now that finding the right one to convey what you want can be tedious. iOS 10 will make that process easier by offering emoji prediction and the ability to convert text to emoji.

Animated Text

Now your text can show a little more personality with features such as bubble effects (which let you send “loud” or “soft” messages, depending on the mood you are trying to convey) and “invisible ink”(which allows you to send secret text or images, which your recipient reads by swiping their finger over it).

Quick Reply

Similar to Facebook, you can now acknowledge that you’ve read a text by pressing on the text and then selecting one of the simple replies—which feature a thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, “haha,” exclamation point, and question mark symbol.

Handwritten Messages

You can also handwrite your message instead of typing it out, send pictures drawn with your finger using Digital Touch, and even take a photo and then annotate over it.

Invisible Ink

You can send secret messages and photos that appear fuzzy until your recipient swipes their finger over the image or text. I can only imagine the ridiculous ways this feature is going to be used…

Open to Developers

The Messages app will also be open to developers, meaning you’ll soon be able to send money to a friend through a message similar to way you do in Snapchat and Facebook.

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Video Production Manager of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).