With the release of the latest version of iOS came many improvements and some big changes. Apple wanted to put an emphasis on messaging in a big way. Thanks to apps like WhatsApp and Slack (my favorite) making huge waves (and money) Apple wanted to keep as many customers loyal as possible. I didn’t have high hopes for the changes at first, but I finally caved and updated. I’m glad I did! Among the latest new features built into Apple’s iMessage app are secret messages, animated emphasis, & LASERS. So far, I haven’t sent a text that doesn’t deserve the laser treatment. While those features are great, the simplest (and most fun) features is the inclusion of stickers which is the focus of our iMessage stickers review.
While I’ll be talking mostly about stickers, it should be noted that these other updates in iOS 10 are awesome.
iMessage Stickers Review
Stickers have been around on several apps for a while now, but never before in iMessage. The benefit they bring to your texts is the ability to stick images onto texts. Beyond that you can scale, rotate and place these stickers almost anywhere. Additionally, these stickers can be animated. Due to the limited files size (500kb) of each sticker, the animations are usually simple, but they’re no less awesome.
For the uninitiated, you can get a ton of free sticker packs and install them directly from iMessage. If Star Wars or Mickey Mouse stickers are more your jam though, you’ll have to pay for those. There are hundreds of incredible sticker packs to choose from already. Actually, I had the great privilege of helping create the Dino Sticker Pack shown above. It’s 25 funny, animated T Rexes displaying various emotions and it’s as much fun to use as it was to make. I also make a great Taco Sticker Pack with tons of great animated taco emoji stickers you can see below. In addition to stickers, iMessage has also introduced games and apps that you can play with your friends directly. This offers a little less control in what you let your kids see, but there are plenty of kid friendly apps they can choose from.
Honestly, I think having this feature goes way beyond emojis alone. Furthermore they add a level of customization to texts that we love. I absolutely recommend updating your iOS and playing around with iMessage, and especially the new stickers!
Just a quick head’s up, all iMessage apps have to be manually turned ‘on’ unless you toggle ‘Automatically Add Apps’ under the ‘Manage’ tab within the iMessage App Store. This was not immediately apparent to me, and I wanted to save you all a minute or two.