IMessage, Apple's official messenger, has interactive features that make conversations more fun. You can send messages with hand-drawn drawings, use animated GIFs and share music from Apple Music or Spotify without leaving the app.
These features are available on iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch with systems starting from iOS 10. Some of them require the download of external and free applications, which can be downloaded from the App Store within the conversation itself. Check the list below.
iMessage has features that make conversations more interactive and fun Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
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Tapbacks: iMessage function allows you to react to messages, in a format similar to Facebook Reactions Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
With Tapbacks, the user can react to messages sent and received in a format very similar to Facebook reactions. Just double-tap on a message to view a balloon with the following pictures: heart, like, disapprove, haha, exclamations and interrogation.
The user can use Tapbacks in any conversation, including groups, and can also undo a reaction. It is worth noting that people will be notified if you react to their messages.
IMessage keyboard shows handwritten stroke icon, which makes it possible to draw or write on the screen Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
IMessage allows you to send written messages by hand. To do this, simply turn the device on its side, making the keyboard show the handwritten drawing cone, next to the "return" button. A blank canvas will appear for you to write, draw or sign whatever you want with your handwriting. The function also has ready-made expressions to save time, like Oi, Sorry and Congratulations. The recipient will receive an animation with the development of the stroke, showing that you have written the message.
iMessage allows you to draw freehand to send messages with your handwriting Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
3. Add drawings to photos and videos captured on the spot
Make freehand drawings on photos and videos captured with iMessage's Digital Touch Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
With Digital Touch, you will be able to draw on the photos or videos captured on the spot. To open the feature, access the App Store button located next to the keyboard text bar, then open Digital Touch (the two-finger heart icon), and click the camera icon. You can scribble the screen after taking a photo or while recording the video, which can take a maximum of 10 seconds, creating fun animations.
Send and listen to music within the iMessage conversations Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
IMessage also lets you send and play Apple Music songs without leaving the messenger. To do so, tap the App Store icon, which is next to the text box. You will find the Apple player icon, which will show the music you have listened to recently. Select the pipe and tap the send button. By touching the play button, you and the recipient will be able to hear the music inside iMessage.
With the Spotify app, also available among the applets within the messenger, you can search for music and artists and send a 30-second preview of the track. A link directs the user to the streaming application to play the complete song.
Send GIFs from the Giphy platform in iMessage conversations Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
It is possible to send animated GIFs through iMessage. For this, the user must have the Giphy platform application on the device – if not, access the App Store on the keyboard and download it free without leaving the conversation. To send the animations, access the application, choose the animation you want and touch the Send button normally. By tapping the Search Giphy bar, you can search for specific GIFs.
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