Apple promises continuity of conversations across all your devices
The Messa ges app gained apps and stickers last year, but accessing all the ones installed by apps on your device has been a cumbersome process in iOS 10. Apple has redesigned the app drawer; app icons are shown in a scrolling row across the bottom of the screen, which you swipe to find the one you want. As you do so, the row’s height increases to make it easier to pick out the app you want – simply tap it to access stickers or other features.
For a number of years one of our greatest frustrations with Messages has been inconsistent records of communications when moving from one device to another. Apple’s solution to this is to store a copy of all the messages you receive in iCloud, and have all your Mac and iOS devices use that collection. Messages you delete in one place disappear from all your other devices, too.
Naturally, this might concern you when it comes to privacy; but Apple says that delivery of your messages is end-to-end encrypted.
Due to storing your long-term archive of messages in the cloud, only recently received items are cached on your devices; older ones are retrieved on demand. And If you send a lot of photos and videos, they’re put in the cloud on the go, so devices’ periodic iCloud backups will complete faster.
Thanks to a redesigned app drawer, it’s much easier to find stickers and add-on apps in Messages now.