People get passionate about technology. They
can't wait for the new gadget to become available. I admit, my
passion for technology has cooled over the years. Especially when
it comes to text messaging.
Text messages can become annoying, Kind of like
Can't we just save all those random little
thoughts like "I'm hungry.", "I'm thirsty.",
"I'm bored." and roll them into one conversation
and pay attention to matters at hand like work? The answer is no.
Since I'm not much on texting, and my passion
for technology has cooled I only noticed Apple's new messaging toys
Apple's iOS 10 has added some really cute bells
and whistles to it's messaging like animated message bubbles
and fully animated screens. So grab your iPhone and let's play.
Type your message, then press (maybe hard on a
6s or higher) on the little blue arrow until the animation
menu pops up. You'll see choices, that will demo themselves when
chosen, like Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink.
Looking at the top of your screen you'll see
you are in "Bubble" mode. If you tap "Screen"
you can pick from seven full screen animations. Balloons, Confetti,
Heart, Laser, Fireworks, Shooting Star, or Sparks.
Tap the little blue arrow and your message is
sent. Some phones, those without iOS 10, won't get the
special effects. They'll just be told there was a special effect
You can send a written message or drawing too.
Start a new message, or use an existing one, and rotate your phone
to landscape mode. Tap the squiggly button in the bottom right
of the keyboard. write your message, draw a picture, or pick from
one of the canned messages and tap Done.
Returned to the New Message screen you can
continue typing and selecting bubble and full screen animations.
Then just pick a victim and send it.
Then there's Digital Touch. Tap inside the text
box then tap the right arrow on the left. Tap the heart icon
and you're in Digital Touch.
Tap any icon on the right for a legend of how
to use Digital Touch features like sending a kiss, your heartbeat,
heartbreak, or a fireball. Tap the down arrow and you can invoke
one of those snazzy options (sarcasm) from the black screen.
You can also doodle in the black area and send.
If you need to doodle bigger just tap the up arrow to go full
screen. Your doodle will be drawn live on the recipient's device
right before their very eyes! (sarcasm)
If you're too important (sarcasm), or lazy, or
you just hate Life Apnea, you can press and hold a message to get a
menu of snappy replies (sarcasm) instead of bothering with a
thought out response.
Lastly, but very importantly (sarcasm), there's
Once you've typed out a message tap the emoji
button. Any word that can be replaced with an emoji will be
highlighted. Tap the word and a menu of associated emoji's appears.
Life Apnea, kisses, fireworks, heartbreak,
sarcasm, or not, and that's Cocktail Talk.