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Apple Launches Messages App Store Ahead Of iOS 10’s Release


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A lot of changes are coming with iOS 10, and Apple’s iMessage App Store is one of them. For those who are still on older iOS versions, you will have to wait till iOS 10 is publicly launched.

Some of the smartphone-ready designs may look familiar to Apple Watch wearers: the Smileys, Hearts, and Hands emoji apps are being rolled over from the watchOS platform. Some of the apps will be standalone, but others will be extensions of existing apps that are already available through the main App Store. We’ve summarized the most important reasons to update for you right here. Most, if not all, of the Disney packs are animated, and include a nice handful of stickers to choose from.

To help us keep some semblance of sanity when downloading all these different types of apps Apple has given them different shapes.

In other words, in iOS 10, you no longer need a third-party keyboard to find GIFs, add media or find fun things to add to your conversations in Messages.

Apple has made no comment on the removal, however, SiliconANGLE can confirm that despite remaining listed in Google search results, the app is then listed as being unavailable by Apple when visiting the app store.

Confide for iMessage will support text and pictures, using Confide’s familiar wand functionality, where users can only see the text that they drag their finger over.

Once you download iOS 10, you’ll be able to install iMessage apps by tapping on the App Store icon inside of the app’s interface.

The app store, called Haima, caters the Chinese market only.

In addition to the sticker packs, the iMessage App Store features full-fledged iMessage apps and games. Just swipe along to the Apple Music app and send them an interactive song button which they can start listening to right within Messages. The catalog of Stickers may not be massive like Facebook Messenger, but is pretty impressive to begin.