Has anyone in the world used iMessage apps?

Galacticos

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on yet another unfulfilling trip through the App Store I came across the iMessage apps, which I have not heard about since iOS keynote. Does anybody have any use for these at all!?
 

ZEEN0j

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Tried some when iOS 10 was released. Haven't really used it since and no one I know uses is either.
 
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teddybearstand

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I use stickers once in a while to annoy friends. Its pretty useless just like the send message effects.
 

bransoj

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Use some of the gif ones now and then and on occasion I've used the pedometer++ iMessage option to send steps done to folk.
 
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Skoal

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I've used the message effects once in awhile and sent handwritten notes to my wife on occasion just to be sappy. I'm sure many people use them. Younger people most likely. I do find it nice to have scanner pro there and available. I've used it fairly often. I think the main problem with these sorts of features is remembering they're there. It took me forever to get used to using 3D Touch but now I use it a lot
 

v0lume4

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Not really, no. I played iMessage games with my friend right when iOS 10 was released, but quickly the novelty wore off and I quit using them.

I only occasionally used the message effects. And lastly, for apps that offered iMessage extensions (like Square Cash), I would tend to use the actual app instead of the iMessage extension of that app.

That's my usage. My peers (aged in their young 20's) have similar usage habits IMO. Can't speak for the teens.
 

Abazigal

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I guess one issue is that my friends all prefer whatsapp over iMessage, so I don't really use the app that much. I did send a Dropbox file within the iMessage app itself, which was cool, but it did result in 4 redirects.

Maybe if Apple releases iMessage for android, I could get my friends to use it more.
 
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Analog Kid

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I've had rare occasions to us a translation app in iMessage, which is kind of cool to have. I don't quite trust automatic translation to handle a complex conversation though...

"My hovercraft is full of eels", and all that...
 

nburwell

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I think used the American Airlines iMessage stickers once with my fiancée, but that's about it. They don't really appeal to me personally.
 

Jessica Lares

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See, I could have used the Drafts iMessage app today to send the list of things I was putting together, but instead I just used the share sheet because it's already in muscle memory to share something via the app itself. Scanbot is another app I have that you can use within iMessage, but then I don't because I like tweaking the edges and other stuff.

The main thing I use within iMessage is the camera.

My brother and his friends use the games apps though, so I can't say that they're not doing well.
 

Ritsuke

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I tried to use it but tend to always go back to either Messenger or WhatsApp. The fact that those 2 are OS universal has a lot to do with its use.
 

silvetti

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I've had rare occasions to us a translation app in iMessage, which is kind of cool to have. I don't quite trust automatic translation to handle a complex conversation though...

"My hovercraft is full of eels", and all that...
What app is that by the way ?
 

gwhizkids

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I've had mixed results. I use the camera all the time (but I kind of don't consider that an iMessage app, just a different place to access the camera). I've tried using Kayak to send trip search results, but that's pretty chopped up. Can only send one flight. I do use the GIF feature a lot, but there's not nearly as much to find there (Bing??) as if you go on Google itself, or even Twitter, to get them. I used the effects at first, but haven't lately (intentionally; occasionally a happy birthday or congratulations sets them off). An A for the idea, a C- for the implementation by Apple.
 

steve23094

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Played with them for ten minutes when they first came out. Deleted 'em, forgot about 'em and don't miss 'em.
 
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flyinmac

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The only thing I know about it is that they have over complicated my simple texting interface.

All I ever wanted it to do is text. But now they've added all this other stuff that gets in the way and makes it cumbersome.

I spend more time getting out of things that happen accidentally and trying to change settings to stop irritating behavior.

iMessage has ruined the simple texting that worked so smoothly.

Adding apps and stickers and such is stuff I haven't gotten into. It's bad enough without making it more cumbersome.
 
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stooovie

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Does it really? You can type as you always did, I don't think anything goes in your way. The text field may be a bit smaller but that's it.
 
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flyinmac

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Does it really? You can type as you always did, I don't think anything goes in your way. The text field may be a bit smaller but that's it.
Additional little icons in the way that bring up other stuff I don't need when bumped.

The new whatever it is that happens when the phone slightly tilts is also quite annoying.
 

eyeseeyou

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I use it to for yelp, gifs, eta and gamepidgeon.

I wish it had some integration with the stock apps such as calendar, notes and calculator
 

bransoj

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Additional little icons in the way that bring up other stuff I don't need when bumped.
With the typing cursor in the message field there is one icon either side that you'd be unlucky to continually catch by accident. They are hardly taking over the screen. Even if you catch that icon you just press back in the message field and they disappear.

The new whatever it is that happens when the phone slightly tilts is also quite annoying.
If you mean the notepad type writing with your finger next time it comes up press the keyboard in the bottom corner. It then remembers that as the last option you had when in landscape mode and stays with it unless you purposely change it back to the drawing with your finger mode.
 

zhaoxin

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on yet another unfulfilling trip through the App Store I came across the iMessage apps, which I have not heard about since iOS keynote. Does anybody have any use for these at all!?
You must be sleepy when you watch the keynote. It is the keynote, not just iOS keynote. In fact, Apple give it really some time on iMessage. However, even in its biggest market share country, the U.S., iOS is under 50% percent. So it is unpopularity for a reason.
 

C DM

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You must be sleepy when you watch the keynote. It is the keynote, not just iOS keynote. In fact, Apple give it really some time on iMessage. However, even in its biggest market share country, the U.S., iOS is under 50% percent. So it is unpopularity for a reason.
That's not quite what the statistic implies.
 
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