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How to Set Up iMessage on Your Mac

Monday November 11, 2019 9:40 am PST by Tim Hardwick
The Messages app in macOS offers users a convenient way of communicating with friends, family, and colleagues across a variety of Apple devices. With Messages for Mac, you can send unlimited messages to any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that uses iMessage, Apple's secure-messaging service. If you have an iPhone, you can also send and receive SMS texts. The following steps show you how ...

How to Use the Redesigned Messages App Drawer in iOS 11

Wednesday September 20, 2017 4:02 pm PDT by Mitchel Broussard
In iOS 10, Apple introduced the Messages App Store, allowing users to jump into miniature versions of their favorite apps so they could do things like choose a movie time, send their location, pay a friend, give a recommendation from Apple Music, and attach stickers. With the launch of iOS 11, the app drawer and selection experience of Messages apps have been streamlined, and this guide will walk ...

How to Send and Respond to Messages on Apple Watch

Thursday May 7, 2015 11:06 am PDT by Lory Gil
One of the main focal points of the Apple Watch is communication, and as such, it offers a Messages app much like the one on the iPhone. It's not quite as robust as the Messages apps available on other iOS and Mac devices, but Messages on Apple Watch lets you send pre-made replies, animated and non-animated emoji, and full voice-to-text messages. For those of you who want to learn the ins and ...

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Apple Testing New iMessage Features Such as Mentions and Retracting Messages, Could Extend to Mac App

Monday March 9, 2020 7:46 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple is testing new iMessage features internally, according to information obtained by MacRumors. While these features could potentially arrive as early as iOS 14, they could be held back until a later software update or perhaps never released. For starters, there is a new Slack-like mention system that would allow users to tag other contacts with their name like @Joe or @Jane. When you type...

Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's iMessage is Facebook's 'Biggest Competitor by Far'

Wednesday October 31, 2018 5:06 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday singled out Apple's iMessage mobile messaging service as Facebook's "biggest competitor by far." (via CNBC). The comments were made to investors during an earnings call for the company's third quarter performance, in which the Facebook CEO admitted the social platform was losing out to iMessage in "important" territories like the U.S., where iPhone sales ...

Apple Business Chat Expands Beyond United States to 10 Countries and 30 More Brands

Tuesday October 2, 2018 6:33 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple Business Chat, a platform for businesses to provide customer service through iMessage, is now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The feature launched in the United States earlier this year. The international expansion coincides with 30 additional businesses adopting Apple Business Chat around the...

Apple Business Chat Expands to Dish Network, Philadelphia Phillies, American Express, and Others

Friday July 20, 2018 8:09 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple Business Chat, which is customer service through iMessage, is expanding to a total of 10 new partners and technology platforms. Apple on Friday announced that satellite TV provider DISH, concessions operator Aramark, hotel chain Four Seasons, food and gift producer Harry & David, and credit card company American Express are adopting the service. Here's the rundown from Apple:Aramark ...

ElcomSoft's Latest Tool Can Allegedly Access iMessages in iCloud, But Only in Extreme Circumstances

Thursday June 14, 2018 8:27 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Russian company ElcomSoft today claimed that the latest version of its Phone Breaker software can remotely access iMessage conversation histories stored in iCloud, although there are several strings attached. Namely, the person attempting to extract iMessages from an iCloud account would need the following before being able to do so:Elcomsoft Phone Breaker version 8.3 The associated Apple...

How to Fix the 'Black Dot' Unicode Bug Crashing iMessage

Wednesday May 9, 2018 7:32 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Yet another Unicode bug has been discovered that is capable of crashing apps and operating systems, ranging from WhatsApp on Android to iMessage on iOS. We won't share the exact string, to prevent it from spreading further, but it includes black dot (⚫️) and pointing left (👈) emojis plus other hidden characters. Simply put, this particular Unicode string cannot be rendered properly and leads ...

T-Mobile Introduces Support for Business Chat in Messages

Wednesday April 11, 2018 2:04 pm PDT by Juli Clover
T-Mobile today announced support for Business Chat in the Messages app on iOS devices, a feature Apple introduced in a beta capacity with the release of iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4. Apple Business Chat is available for all T-Mobile customers, allowing them to interact with T-Mobile's support staff directly in the Messages app. T-Mobile says that its customers can access Apple Business Chat ...

iOS 11.3 Release Notes Appear to Have Leaked With No Mention of Messages on iCloud or AirPlay 2

Thursday March 29, 2018 8:03 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
French developer Pierre Blazquez today shared what he claims are the final iOS 11.3 release notes, supposedly obtained from Apple's servers. His tweet contains images of the release notes in English for the United States. Apple blog Mac4Ever shared the release notes in French, which we've translated and embedded below in English. While there aren't too many surprises, it's worth noting that ...

iMessage Has Emoji-Related Bug Dating Back Several iOS Versions

Thursday December 14, 2017 11:37 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple released iOS 11.2.1 on Wednesday with multiple bug fixes, but an emoji-related issue continues to affect the Messages app on iOS devices. The bug happens as follows: start a fresh conversation with a new recipient in the Messages app, send a single emoji as the first message, and much of the interface will essentially go blank with the top menu disappearing. The glitch effectively...

Android App 'weMessage' Lets You Get iMessages on Your Android Smartphone With a Mac

Tuesday December 12, 2017 2:10 pm PST by Juli Clover
There's no official way to get iMessages on a non-iOS device like an Android smartphone, but a new Android app aims to provide a workaround, at least temporarily. weMessage is designed to allow you to get iMessages on an Android device, but for it to work, a Mac is required. weMessage uses a weServer app on a Mac, which takes iMessages that are delivered to a Mac and forwards them to an...

macOS High Sierra Users Report Significant Delays Receiving iMessages and SMS Texts

Wednesday October 18, 2017 3:06 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
A bug in macOS High Sierra is causing users to receive iMessages and SMS texts on Macs and other iCloud-connected devices long after they were originally sent, according to reports that have been gradually building up over the last week or so. First spotted by AppleInsider, a growing number of complaints on Apple's support forums detail the issue, which is affecting Mac owners with iPads,...

Amazon Drive Users Can Now Easily Share Files as iMessages

Wednesday October 4, 2017 6:40 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Amazon Drive's iOS app has been updated with an iMessage app extension to easily share files in the Messages app on iPhone and iPad. After updating to version 1.9.0 of the app, Amazon Drive users can simply open Messages, tap the App Store logo to reveal the iMessage app drawer, and tap on the Amazon Drive icon. From the list of directories that appears, users can then select an individual...

Changes to iCloud Put Apple on Collision Course With Governments Seeking Access to Encrypted Messages

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:29 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has sent its top privacy executives to Australia twice in the past month to lobby government officials over proposed new laws that would require companies to provide access to encrypted messages. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple privacy advocates met with attorney general George Brandis and senior staff in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office on Tuesday to discuss their...

Apple Launches Business Chat in iOS 11 Developer Preview

Saturday June 10, 2017 4:21 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple revealed more details of its new Business Chat feature for iMessage at a WWDC developer preview on Friday. Coming in iOS 11, Business Chat allows real customer service representatives to communicate directly with users, making the feature separate from existing AI chat bot systems. Users send the first message to start a Business Chat conversation by tapping Message icons that appear...

iOS 11 Introduces Two New Screen Effects Within Messages Called 'Echo' and 'Spotlight'

Thursday June 8, 2017 7:19 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Messages users sending texts in iOS 11 this fall will be able to share iMessages with two all-new Screen Effects in Apple's texting app. Specifically, a new "Echo" option sends any selected piece of text to friends by multiplying the message all over the screen. The second, "Spotlight," puts an emphasis on your message by placing a large spotlight on the text as it's sent over to your friend's ...

StubHub Launches iMessage App to Share and Vote On Events and Tickets

Wednesday April 12, 2017 8:04 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace, today announced that it has updated its iOS app with a new iMessage integration for sharing events and voting on which tickets to buy or where to sit. StubHub's new iMessage app After updating to the latest version of the StubHub app, users can open the iMessage app, search for and share a sports game, concert, or other event, and select ...

Six Months After Launch, Developer Excitement Over iMessage Apps is 'Fading'

Thursday March 16, 2017 8:46 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
The iMessage App Store turned six months old this week, and the app analysts at Sensor Tower have decided to see where Apple's miniature app store stands among users and developers following an initial launch rush last year. According to Sensor Tower, more than 5,000 apps have either added iMessage features, or launched exclusively on the text message-based App Store. Unfortunately, while the...

Apple Shares New 'Sticker Fight' Video Promoting iMessage Stickers

Monday March 13, 2017 12:37 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today shared a new advertisement on its YouTube channel, this time designed to promote both the iPhone 7 and the iMessages sticker feature that was introduced in iOS 10. The video features people running around putting a variety of bright, animated stickers on objects, food, other people, and more, mimicking the kind of stickers that are available on iOS. "Say it with stickers on...

iMessage Not Working for Some Users

Wednesday February 15, 2017 9:12 am PST by Juli Clover
Many iPhone and iPad users appear to be experiencing issues with Apple's iMessage service, which seems to be down for some people. Those who are having problems are unable to send iMessages and are instead being forced to communicate via standard green bubble text messages. According to user reports on Twitter, the problem started for some users last night. Not all iPhone and iPad owners are...

Apple Has Created 'Detailed Mockups' of iMessage for Android

Tuesday October 25, 2016 8:34 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Earlier in the year, rumors began swirling around the possibility Apple might launch a version of iMessage for Android smartphones due to the company's increased focus on services, "which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms." The original report pointed to a potential announcement at WWDC, which came and went with no such news, and an Apple executive later co...