Mes­sages

Ap­ple promises con­ti­nu­ity of con­ver­sa­tions across all your de­vices

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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.

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