Apple's News app combines text messaging and the company's iMessage platform for one of the best messaging experiences you can find on a phone. With each iPhone 11 Pro .
partly because of iMessage.
InApple has not added many new features at first glance. On closer inspection, though, there's a lot: improved search, pseudo-iMessage profiles, and custom stickers. And trust me, you'll want to know how to use them all.
Here's what you need to know about the new messaging features on your iPhone and iPad.
You now have an iMessage profile … Kind of
Most chat apps, whether it's WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, have some kind of profile where you can add your own photo and name. Apple's existing iMessage platform relied on users to create and manage contact cards with the same effect.
Starting with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, you can now set your own photo and name, share it with other iMessage users, personalize your contact information, and have fun doing it.
To set it up:
- Open the Messages app and tap the three-dot icon at the top of the screen.
- Select Name and Edit Photo.
- Take a new photo and use an animoji or use an image from your photo gallery.
- Enter your name.
- Select whether you always want to share your profile with Contacts, or if you want to be asked each time.
When you start texting, iMessage will either automatically submit your information or ask you if you want to share it, depending on what you have selected during setup. You can change your preferences at any time by going to Settings > News > Sharing Name and Photo .
If you're talking to someone with an iMessage profile, they'll ask if you want to use one or both of them. If someone changes their photo, they will receive a message that the photo has changed and will be asked if they want to use the new photo. As far as I can tell, you can not unsubscribe from these requests. We all have one of those friends who is constantly changing his profile photos. It could get annoying.
During the beta program, I used the news search to find the name of some dark dance shoes my wife sent me six months ago – something I would not have been able to do without going through the entire chat history to scroll.
Browsing the News app on iOS and Mac has always been terrible. With iOS 13, the search is reliable and impressively intelligent.
Messages are always displayed when you start a search.
Use the new search function as usual to display your conversation list. Scroll down to see the search box and enter your search query. It may be a website that you need to visit, or the name of a restaurant where you should make reservations.
When you finish typing, Messages displays multiple results and lists the same contact multiple times when the search term is found multiple times in the conversation.
Simple search for links or attachments
Apple also made it easier to find a link or attachment if you know who shared it with you. In a conversation thread, tap the contact name at the top of the screen, followed by Info .
There you will find a link to the contact information, as well as options for hiding warnings or switching read receipts for each conversation. Under these settings, you'll now see all the photos, links, locations, and attachments shared in the conversation thread. So far, only photos were available.
Animoji and Memoji, the cartoon characters that you can customize and bring to life, are not new to news. What's new, however, is the ability to turn your Memoji into custom stickers that you can use instead of standard emoji.
If you already have a memoji, you only need to open the emoji keyboard when writing a messenger or e-mail. Swipe left on the emoji keyboard to display your personalized stickers. Tap the "…" button to see more stickers and create new ones.
Apple also added aand a way to prevent from ever calling your iPhone.