First iOS 10 Apps Start Hitting the App Store

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Ahead of the official launch of iOS 10 tomorrow, apps designed for the new operating system update have started hitting the iOS App Store, including those that will be available in the Messages App Store.

Rock-Paper-Scissors [Direct Link], for example, a Messages app that allows two people to play a classic game of Rock, Paper, Scissors right in Messages, is now in the App Store. It is not, however, showing up in the dedicated Messages App Store, which will presumably launch tomorrow. Other apps for Messages, like Snappy Browser, are also starting to become available.


The Messages App Store is an app storefront located within the Messages app, accessible on a device running iOS 10 by tapping the app icon, opening the app drawer (tap the icon that looks like four circles) and then choosing the "+" store icon.

Using the Messages App Store, iOS 10 users will be able to install a huge variety of sticker packs and apps to enhance the chat experience in Messages. Stickers are used a lot like emoji but can be animated and stuck on top of chat bubbles, photos, and more, while apps can do things like offer weather updates, a Safari browser for looking things up without using Messages, provide collaborative food ordering tools, and more.

iOS 10 offers a huge number of new features for developers, and in addition to Messages apps, we'll also be seeing apps that can take advantage of the new features in Maps and apps that offer third-party Siri support. Expect to see significant app updates coming out throughout the week, leading with tons of app releases tomorrow.

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gforce216

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Really excited for apps with rich notifications. Using Facebook Messenger outside of the app with true message context will be great.
 

keysofanxiety

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I know there are many here who consider the additions to Messages to be a bit of a gimmick. I was much in the same boat when watching the keynote.

However in retrospect, this is absolutely massive. iMessage is already a great application — essentially free texts/MMS/videos — but allowing third-party apps is going to be utterly huge and will really lock people into the ecosystem.
 

JonneyGee

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Even though I've been on the beta since the beginning, I feel like I've only been halfway to iOS 10 because the third-party apps haven't yet been available. I'm really excited to see what developers do for Siri, Maps, and Messages!
 

ericgtr12

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While I have no intention of upgrading my iPhone this year I have to say I've been looking forward to this update for a long time.
 

ke-iron

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And so it begins... Hope it won't be too flooded with nonsense like this.
Actually this is great. My girlfriend and I use this technique to make decisions at times. Now when we're both at work we can decide who's word is last on what's for dinner or what we're doing on the weekend.
 
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