Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

Messages App Store Launches Ahead of Tomorrow's iOS 10 Release

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
50,989
12,528



Ahead of the public launch of iOS 10 coming tomorrow, Apple today made the Messages App Store live, aggregating all of the apps, games, and sticker packs that can be used in the Messages app and making them available for download.

The Messages App Store looks almost identical to the iOS App Store, so the interface will be immediately familiar to iOS 10 users. There are featured apps and stickers displayed at the top of the store, along with editorial picks like "10 iMessage Apps We Love" and "Games in Messages? Sweet!"


Apps for the Messages App Store are already available, including titles like Games With Friends, Tic Tac Toe, Star Walk, Carrot Weather, Yelp, IMDB, OpenTable, Zen Brush 2, and more.

A number of sticker packs are also available from well-known app developers, including Pac-Man, Star Wars, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, Crossy Road, and more. iOS 10 sticker packs and apps started rolling out earlier today.

On devices running iOS 10, the Messages App Store and apps compatible with iOS 10 are immediately available. The Messages App Store is accessible by following these steps:

- Open the Messages app
- Tap the App Store icon to open the app interface
- Tap the icon at the bottom that looks like four circles
- Tap the "+" button to open the Messages App Store

The Messages App Store is a little bit sparse right now because apps are still being released, but when iOS 10 becomes available tomorrow, there will be dozens if not hundreds of apps and sticker packs ready to download.

iOS 10 is expected to debut at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 13.

Article Link: Messages App Store Launches Ahead of Tomorrow's iOS 10 Release
 
  • Like
Reactions: jjm3

iTom17

macrumors 6502a
Aug 2, 2013
932
1,061
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p
 
Comment

Mattlike

macrumors 6502
Aug 5, 2007
456
571
Southern California
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p
I use iMessage more than any other messaging app available.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
Comment

greytmom

macrumors 68040
Jun 23, 2010
3,463
664
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p

I use Messages all the time. Most of my friends do as well.
 
Comment

iTom17

macrumors 6502a
Aug 2, 2013
932
1,061
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Almost everybody! In my experience.

I use iMessage more than any other messaging app available.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So that's just my own experience then. And I think it may depend a bit on the country as well. WhatsApp is by far the most popular messaging service in the Netherlands, I learned about a few months ago. That might make a big difference. :p
 
Comment

Taz Mangus

macrumors 603
Mar 10, 2011
5,174
1,359
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p

I use it all the time, between family members, co-workers and friends.
 
Comment

SHirsch999

macrumors 6502a
Apr 19, 2011
657
191
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p

Everyone I know with an iPhone or iPad uses it
 
Comment

RDeckard

macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2013
187
564
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore?

I'd say over 95% of the texts I get each day are via iMessage, but that's just me as a single data point.

So, let's go with what Eddy Cue said in an interview in February of this year:

" 'Apple's iMessage handles an absurd amount of messages: sometimes as many as 200,000 per second, according to Apple services boss Eddy Cue...' And: In 2014, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple handles 40 billion iMessage notifications per day."

That's a LOT of messages and since I can't find the actual #, I think it's safe to say that most likely hundreds of millions of people use iMessage each day. :)
 
Last edited:
Comment

javco

macrumors member
May 10, 2011
67
146
Mexico
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p

I use it every day with lot of friends, family and co workers. I feel more comfortable when I send delicate information. Messages in whatsapp make me feel like they´re watching me LOL:
 
Comment

Planey28

macrumors 6502
Jul 10, 2010
456
537
Birmingham, UK
A Game Changer Indeed!

Let's place this awesome app with my stock, news, game center, ibooks, and other winning apps together!

Speak for yourself. The messages features alone are going to persuade a metric ****ton of people to update to iOS 10.

The apps are surprisingly powerful and the stickers are fun.
 
Comment

T-Friz

macrumors newbie
Sep 1, 2016
21
41
New York
Wouldn't it have been sufficient to just host this stuff on the regular App Store? Isn't creating its own store a little overkill for some iMessage decorations and a few apps? Don't get me wrong, I think the features are neat, but its own store seems a little odd.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ntombi
Comment

CarlJ

macrumors 603
Feb 23, 2004
5,255
9,025
San Diego, CA, USA
Almost everybody! In my experience.
Yep, Apple's Messages app is my primary form of not-in-person communication with a lot of people. It handles groups, typing indicators, and read receipts well, it's encrypted, and falls back gracefully to text messages for those who don't have iOS. And it works seamlessly across my phone, watch, iPad, and tablet, even using the phone to proxy text messages through to my laptop. It makes me quite happy. What's not to like?
 
Last edited:
Comment

TechZeke

macrumors 68020
Jul 29, 2012
2,377
2,030
San Antonio, TX
I know I'm not speaking for everyone, but who on earth actually uses iMessage anymore? I've used it a lot in the beginning, but these days everyone uses other messaging solutions such as WhatsApp or Telegram. I think this 'stickers' thing (including its own App Store) is a bit overreactive for something that - at least that's what I think - is not being widely used... :p

Here, at least in California, you're practically an outsider if you don't have iMessage. People even buy separate iOS devices just be a part of iMessage.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.