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Expected This Fall: iOS 11

Just when we thought iOS couldn’t get any better… Apple announces iOS 11. Packed with some of the biggest changes and feature improvements we have ever seen, “iOS 11 makes iPhone so smart, it learns from you.” Below are 11 of the best features we can’t wait to see!

1. Photos / Camera

Your camera roll is about to look very different. Firstly, those live photos that came along with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, yeah they’re so much better now. You can now choose which frame is the main shot for your live photos as well as your burst photos. This means no more blur when looking through your memories. You also have the option to trim and mute live photos. Not bad really. Keeping up with the times, the iPhone now allows you to turn your live photos / videos into GIFs. Ultimately meaning you can now post your own GIFs to Twitter / Instagram for extra personalization. This not enough? You also have the option to ‘loop’, ‘bounce’ and ‘long exposure’ your images, similar to a GIF but so much better!

In terms of camera, expect higher quality photos. We’re talking more natural skin tones, higher res of background and colors that just ‘pop’!

2. Storage

What’s more annoying than going to take a photo and having the “Storage Full” message flash up? Nothing, that’s what. Which is probably why Apple has compressed the format of photos in iOS 11. Without sacrificing image quality, you will now be able to store up to twice as many photos and videos on any device sporting an A9 processor or above. This is anything from the iPhone 6S onwards.

3. App Store

Prepare to be fronted with a whole new App Store, because it’s being completely redesigned… from scratch. With over 2 million apps featured, the App Store did need looking at. iOS 11 sports brand new tabs, easier navigation, enhanced search and also allows users to see new releases. Finally there will be sections specifically dedicated to gaming and user recommendations. Overall, expect the App Store to look cleaner, crisper and show off brand new bolder text and colors.

4. Messages / Keyboards

Finally, messages will be synced via iCloud. That means you’ll have every up to date iMessage on all your devices… took you long enough Apple! Not enough? Well there’s more. If you installed iOS 10, you’ll be all too familiar with the effects and features added to iMessage. We saw messages integrate apps, music as well as GIFs, the only downside is that it was a little messy. iOS 11 aims to fix this, you’re getting a brand new ‘drawer’ full of apps, games, GIFs and stickers that you can easily navigate through to include in your message. Also included – Apple Pay! Request and send money to friends via the Apple Pay button in iMessage. It’s quick, easy and secure!

Still want more from your messages? iOS 11 adds in two new message effects to join ‘Slam’, ‘Loud’, ‘Gentle’ and ‘Invisible Ink’… say hello to ‘Echo’ and ‘Spotlight’. When using the ‘Echo’ effect, the message receiver will be bombarded with multiple of the same message, all over their screen. ‘Spotlight’ puts the whole screen, apart from the message, in darkness, lighting the message up in a spotlight. Pretty self-explanatory really.
Do you often type one handed? iMessage now has an option for that too! It moves your keyboard buttons closer together, towards the thumb, so you never risk a typo again!

5. Siri

Siri is getting smarter. The voice controlled personal assistant will now sound more natural for a start. Say goodbye to the robot voice people, apparently it’s going! Not only this, but you can now type to Siri. Gone are the days that Siri mishears you and gives you the wrong information, type specific questions / statements and always get the most accurate information back!

With iOS 11, Siri can now translate into different languages… want to know what ‘hello’ is in Spanish? Just ask Siri. Not just this, but Siri will also be able to answer music related questions. Ask Siri who sings the song you’re listening to, who the guitarist is and what the album is called. All your preferences will be considered when asking to listen to music, movie recommendations and many more!

6. Control Center

How confusing was it when you first downloaded iOS 10 and you swiped up to your Control Center and couldn’t see your music playing? Answer: Very confusing. Well iOS 11 has gone back to just one page for your Control Center. This will make managing your settings slightly easier. Adding to the ease, Apple has included a customization element. Add in your most used setting options so they’re never more than one touch away. Static options on your Control Center are Music Controls, Volume Adjustment, Do Not Disturb, Brightness, Network Settings, Rotation Lock and Airplay, these can’t be rearranged or hidden. Add in your desired options that could include Wallet, Camera, Alarm, Notes and Calculator. Other options include new features such as Apple TV Remote – which doesn’t require an app and Screen Recording – which is pretty neat! iOS 11 integrates 3D Touch so you really do get the most out of your Control Center!

7. Do Not Disturb – (While Driving)

This is arguably Apple’s best edition to iOS. Do Not Disturb While Driving is designed to block calls, texts and other notifications while you are driving. This is with the aim of minimizing distractions at the wheel. Alike to the usual Do Not Disturb, your screen will remain silent and dark if a notification were to come through. The option will automatically be switched on once your phone connects to your cars Bluetooth, otherwise users will have to manually switch it on.

The feature comes with the option of sending auto-replies to messages from people who are in your ‘Favorites’ list, to inform them that you are driving.

8. Apple Maps

Hello indoor mapping. Making your way through an airport or a shopping center? With the new update, Apple Maps includes clear and detailed floorplans of buildings so you’ll never get lost again. Currently the update only includes the indoor mapping of selected buildings but Apple is aiming to extend this with every new software update.

Not just that, but Apple Maps will now include speed limits on the majority of roads and clearer lane guidance so you’re not a risk of missing your turnings on main roads.

9. Notes

Expect more from your notes. Much more. For starters, you can finally format your notes. Want a heading? They can be included. You also have the option of ‘paper type’. Lined notes, notes in a grid and plain paper are all available. Don’t want to type? You can handwrite notes on the horizontal view and iOS 11 will automatically turn them into typed notes once you turn portrait again.

Other new features include the ability to pin notes to the top of your page so you don’t have to go hunting for them, an option to PDF notes and send them on via email / text and you are also able to scan documents directly into your notes.

10. Volume Box

That annoying opaque box that obscures the video you’re watching, that’s going. No longer will you have to pause your video to change the volume or have to rewind it to see what you’ve missed. iOS 11 is sorting that out. There will be a new volume bar, when you change the volume whilst watching something, the bar will come up in the top right of the screen, no longer obstructing your view.

11. Setting up New Device

New iPhones come out every year, so you’ve probably always got your eyes peeled for your next model. Well, when you get your new device, there’s now a new way to set it up. Before, you’d have to restore your device from iCloud. Now, if you own another iOS device, you can simply hold up your new device to your old one. All your settings and preferences will automatically be imported, making setting up your device, so much quicker!

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What is Roaming?

Roaming is the ability to make and receive calls, use data, and generally use your phone as you would at home, whilst traveling overseas.

Why Roam?

Mobile networks are unable to follow you everywhere you go, and can only cover you in particular areas. Whilst abroad, you are outside your network operator’s coverage area, so roaming will occur by searching for other available networks to connect to.

How?

Most mobile networks have agreements with networks outside the country to help users use their phones abroad. These agreements allow users to ‘roam’. Once you leave the country and you lose your network coverage, your phone will automatically pick up another network once you arrive at your destination, meaning you’ll get to use your phone as usual. Automatic text messages are usually sent detailing roaming prices as soon as your phone recognizes you are in another country.

Roaming is Expensive

Connecting to other networks can be expensive. You will be charged extra for using your phone whilst abroad, whether it’s for connecting to the internet, making calls and even receiving text messages. Due to this, travelers often resort to turning roaming off, only using WiFi hotspots for when they want to be connected.

How to Avoid Roaming Charges

If you opt to switch your roaming off, you will only be able to connect to the internet through a WiFi connection. For a cheap and easy alternative, Cellhire offers both International and European Data SIMs, along with additional MiFi devices, so you need not worry about returning to expensive phone bills and can enjoy being connected, even whilst away.

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How to Improve Battery Life on iPhone

There’s no denying that a smartphone acts as much more than a medium of communication with others, so much so, they are vastly becoming humans’ best friend. The average person checks their phone around 85 times a day, so what happens when your best friend is out of juice? It’s arguably nothing more than an over glorified glass paperweight. Below are the best suggestions on how you can easily reduce your battery usage throughout the days you don’t have your charger handy.

  1. View Battery Usage

It might just be the case that you need to review what apps are draining your battery the most, rather than physically having to change any settings. You can check how much battery you have drained through certain apps in the last 24 hours and overall over the last 7 days by going to Settings > Battery.

The Battery Usage enables you to see how much your phone battery has gone down by, allowing you to potentially alter how much time you spend on certain apps in order to reduce your battery usage. The clock symbol located to the right under battery usage allows you to see how long you have spent on each app and the percentage it has cut from your battery. This would be a good place to start when reviewing your usage.

  1. Turn on Low Power Mode

This might be an obvious suggestion if you have an iPhone installed with iOS9 or later, but Low Power Mode is a real life saver when your battery is running on empty. You will be prompted to turn Lower Power Mode on when you hit 20% or 10% of your battery life. You can either tap it on through the prompt, ask Siri to turn it on, or go through your Settings. Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. When switched on, your battery symbol in the top right corner will turn yellow and certain features of your iPhone will be reduced and/or disabled.

Low Power Mode disables auto email fetching, reduces your screen brightness, disables motion effects, locks your phone quicker and reduces the performance of the CPU and GPU, slowing your phone by around 40%. It is important to note that although your battery life will last longer, keeping Low Power Mode on for extended periods of time will reduce the overall performance of your phone, and this is why it is automatically switched off once your iPhone is charged up to 80%.

  1. Location Services: When using App

Keeping your Location Services on will seriously drain your battery, especially when apps are tracking your location when they don’t need to be. A number of different apps may ask you for your location when you first open them, but unless it’s really necessary, it’s suggested that you don’t provide them. Other apps, that you do allow to use your location, don’t need to be tracking you once you close them. This is why we suggest altering your settings so that certain apps can only use your location when you have them open.

You can see which apps are using your location by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Here you can change your settings to only allow apps information to your location when you are using them. Other apps such as Maps and the Weather should always have your location in order to provide the best information to you.

 

  1. Don’t bother quitting Apps

Quitting an app by doubling clicking the Home button and swiping it away can actually do more harm than good for your battery. Force quitting an app takes it out of memory, resulting in the system having to completely relaunch the app and all its data when you next open it. This wastes battery as the system removes the app out of memory just to add it back again once the app is relaunched. Keeping an app in memory, (the app is ‘closed’ but hasn’t been ‘quit’), will use virtually no battery. An app should only be ‘quit’ if it isn’t performing correctly and needs a relaunch.

By closing an app, (pressing the home button to exit) you are moving the app to the background, where it will stay for a short period of time, before it enters a suspended state. When suspended, the app will stop using CPU and battery, but will stay in memory. By keeping the app in memory, the system can quickly resume your last session the next time it is opened.  You can keep as many apps as you’d like in a suspended state, (closed) where they stay in memory, without it effecting your overall battery percentage. It is when you force quit an app, that the system will use a lot of energy and battery to try and relaunch the app.

  1. Use Auto Brightness

Having your phone screen on the highest possible brightness causes you to lose a lot of battery throughout the day as the extra light takes energy to power. iOS is pretty savvy in the sense that it has an auto brightness feature. It will automatically change your screen brightness depending on the light it thinks you need. If you’re in a dark room, it will automatically turn your brightness down, and likewise in a lit room, it will make your screen brighter. If you don’t have auto brightness on, you can turn it on inSettings > Display and Brightness > Auto Brightness.

Or, just turn your brightness down manually.

  1. Turn off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh enables apps to learn when they are frequently checked. This then allows them to prepare all the data and information needed when in use, before you actually open them. The app will have all the latest data and content when you open them as them would have been updated in the background. The feature is intended to save you loading times when initially opening the app.

This drains your battery as it will be something constantly running in the background, even when the app is closed. You can switch off this setting in Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

  1. Stop Push Email

Push Email is a feature that requires your phone to constantly be looking for new email updates, which, understandably, drains your battery life. Push email forces emails through to your phone as soon as they become available via your email server. You can change your email settings so mail is checked for, and forced through periodically, rather than all the time. You can change this option in Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch New Data.

  1. Update all Apps Ready to Update

With Apple regularly updating their iOS software, apps need to be constantly updated on your device so they can run effectively in conjunction with the latest iOS. For this reason, you should often check for updates in App Store > Updates and update them all at once rather than going through and manually updating as this will drain your battery life.

  1. Reduce number of Widgets on Lock Screen

Swiping left on your phone, both on lock screen and in home, will take you to see your widgets. This allows you to have a quick view of the apps that are important to you without having to actually open them. Although a great feature, and time saving, keeping this information will drain your battery life as the apps attempt to fetch the most up to date data. You can change which apps feature on this by swiping right on the home page, scrolling down to the bottom of the widgets page and click Edit.

 

  1. Should I leave my iPhone charging?

It is often a topic of debate whether you can keep your phone charging once it hits 100% or whether it will eventually wreck the battery. Contrary to popular believe, and unlike a MacBook, keeping your iPhone plugged in after it’s hit 100% will not be harmful to your battery, this is because your device knows once it is at full power and will stop charging once it hits that. You can leave you phone plugged in overnight or throughout the day without it doing any damage your battery.

It is also suggested that, instead of charging your phone once it gets to a low percentage, you should charge it little and often throughout the day. It is also completely harmless to use your iPhone whilst it is still charging.

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Specialist global telecoms provider Cellhire, opens new office in Switzerland

UK-based Cellhire has opened a new office in the Basel area – its first in Switzerland – to capitalise on the expanding Swiss market and build a platform to grow its large corporate, NGO and sports customer base.

Cellhire has a global footprint coupled with an unrivalled network portfolio which, in the context of the mobile telecommunications market, is unique. This helps Cellhire win worldwide business and differentiates it from other telecommunications companies, large and small.

Within the telecommunications industry Cellhire is famous for its ability to service many large international events including Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France, working with top-tier sponsors, print and broadcast media and sporting federations among others. Apart from events, Cellhire has a well-established base of corporate customers and also supplies the consumer travel and education markets.

Florence Lebranchu, Business Development Director, DACH Region at Cellhire, said: “Our new office in Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into the strong NGO and sports market in Switzerland and build on the success achieved at the Rio Olympics in which Cellhire supplied 22,000 connections, including telecoms for 15 of the major Olympic teams.”

Cellhire has already secured major clients for voice and data connections in Switzerland, with some customers also choosing to partner with its sister company Vismo, to track and protect their staff operating overseas in high risk areas.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider, currently celebrating 30 years of innovation. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

For further information, please visit www.cellhire.ch, call +41 32 467 1076 or email switzerland@cellhire.com

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Cellhire: 30 Years of Innovation

Over the last three decades, Cellhire has successfully gained recognition as a global service provider specializing in wireless solutions. With over 100 mobile network partners worldwide, Cellhire is a supplier to organizers and business during events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. During these 30 years, mobile phones have evolved from ‘the brick’, pocket sized flip and slide devices, to touchscreen handsets providing information, connectivity and entertainment.

1987

  • Cellhire was established.

1991

  • The Orbitel TPU 901 became the very first GSM phone to launch. As this was one of the first mobile advancements, Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia were soon to follow, bringing out their own GSM devices a few months later.
  • 2G cellular telecom digital networks were launched in Finland, to support secure calling. 2G would soon be launched worldwide.

1992

  • Via the Vodafone network, on an Orbitel TPU 901, “Merry Christmas” was the very first SMS ever sent.

1994

  • The Nokia 2110 became the first Nokia handset to include a choice of ringtones including the ‘Grande Valse’, which would later become known as the Nokia ringtone. At the time, the 2110 was Nokia’s second GSM device and was the most desired handset in Europe.
  • Orange branded the Nokia 2110 as the first Orange phone. In order to sell it to its customers as a different model, it became the Nokia 2140.
  •  Charged at $1,099, IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator became one of the first attempts at a touchscreen device. It was the first device lacking physical buttons, making it completely touchscreen.
  • Ericsson invented Bluetooth in 1994, as a wireless communication technology. Ericsson, Nokia, IBM, Intel and Toshiba later came together in 1998 to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

1996

  • Motorola’s StarTAC became the first flip phone, priced at $1,000. It is also the first device to include a vibrate alert function.
  • Cellhire USA opened.

1997

  • The Siemens S10 became the first phone, made accessible to the public, to feature a colored screen.
  • The Nokia 6110 gained popularity due to the preinstalled game of ‘Snake’.
  • Cellhire France opened.

1998

  • 3G telecom networks were launched commercially.
  • The number of mobile phones sold worldwide surpassed the combined sales of cars and PCs.

1999

  • The first wireless Application Protocol devices are introduced. WAP allowed the Nokia 7110 to become the first device able to access the internet over a wireless network.
  • Cellhire became a service provider for O2.

2000

  • The J-SHO4, launched by Sharp, was the world’s first camera phone, featuring 0.11 megapixels. However, the device was only available in Japan.

2001

  • The Mitsubishi Trium Eclipse came out as the first device with a full color display.
  • FoneFix, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.

2002

  • The Sony Ericsson T68i sends the very first picture message via the T-Mobile network. The devices was not a camera phone but instead, users had to attach a separate file. This feature cost an extra £20 a month on contracts.
  • The Nokia 7650 slider device was the very first, commercially available, camera phone featuring a 0.3 megapixel camera.
  • Blackberry introduced their first phone, Blackberry 5810, as a corporate device. The device lacked speakers and required headphones to make a phone call.

2004

  • Motorola released the ultra-thin Razr, available in customizable colors. The device was a hit and over 110 million devices were sold.
  • Cellhire gained the ‘Investors in People’ Award.

 

2005

  • Google purchased Android for $150 million.
  • Cellhire Japan opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘Queens Award for International Enterprise’.

2007

  • Described as “5 years ahead” of its time, Apple unveiled the iPhone, equipped with an inbuilt iPod and a multi-touch interface.
  • After just 74 days after its commercial launch, iPhone sales surpassed one million.
  • Cellhire China Rep office opened.

2008

  • Apple introduced the iPhone 3G, this was alongside the launch of the App Store on Apple devices.
  • The HTC Dream, the first commercially available smartphone running on Android, became available.
  • Cellhire Germany opened.

2009

  • Samsung released the first Galaxy phone with an Android OS, featuring a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.
  • 4G telecom solutions were launched.

2010

  • WhatsApp is launched as an alternative to SMS messaging, relying on WiFi enabled devices.
  • Apple launched FaceTime on the iPhone 4, a face to face video calling feature exclusively on iPhones.

2011

  • Apple unveiled Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, a voice activated personal assistant.

2012

  • Vismo, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.
  • Cellhire was the Telefonica O2 partner at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Cellhire Russia opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘O2 Special Award for Innovation’.

2014

  • Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19.3 billion.
  • Apple announced Apple Pay as a feature on the iPhone 6, taking advantage of contactless payments.

2016

  • Google released its very first Google Assist Android Phone, The Google Pixel,  intended to rival the iPhone 7.
  • Wearable Smart technology such as the Apple Watch became increasingly popular.
  • Cellhire gained a record achievement at the Rio Olympics, providing more than 20,000 connections to athletes, sponsors and press.

 

2017

  • Apple is set to release the iPhone 8, rumored to have an edge to edge OLED screen.
  • Cellhire celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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Top 5 Tips on How to Reduce Roaming Charges

 The last thing you want while you’re traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is to be out of touch with everyone else. Global roaming can be expensive and often result in returning home to a hefty phone bill. Here are the top 5 tips on how to reduce you’re roaming charges;

1. Know How Much You’ve Used
Its easy while abroad to flick onto the internet from time to time, check your emails, update your Instagram and plan your routes with Google Maps, but do you know just how much data you’ve actually used? You can easily monitor what you’ve been using on iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular and then look under Cellular Data Usage. Here you can see your Current Period Roaming which will tell you how much data, in megabytes and kilobytes, you have used since your last reset. Reset your usage by scrolling to the bottom of the page before you travel and you can easily monitor your roaming usage. On Android, go to Settings > Data Usage, you can also opt to set yourself a data limit which will automatically stop your device from using data once the limit is reached.

2. Disable Data Roaming and Use WiFi
If you don’t want to run the risk of using too much data while away, the safest option would be to disable your data roaming. After disabling, your device will be completely WiFi reliant, meaning that you will only be able to connect to the internet when in a WiFi zone. However, although you won’t run the risk of being charged, WiFi signals can often fluctuate and become unreliable so bare that in mind.

3. Get a Data Bundle
Your phone’s network provider may be able to offer a cheap ‘add on’ or bolt on’ to your current deal. For a fixed fee each month, your network should provide additional roaming charges that are ideal for your usage. Ensure you research this before opting for this, as your network may not offer a suitable bundle for your intended roaming usage.

4. Download Offline Apps
If you know you’re going use apps while you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to check they are available offline. Download an offline app for maps so you don’t use data when you’re checking where you throughout the day or if you have an itinerary app, you can always check what’s on the agenda. Make sure to turn your data off before you travel and check that the apps are available offline, you don’t want to be finding out they’re not once you’re away!

5. Switch SIMs
Investing in an international SIM may actually be the most cost effective solution. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting and how you’re data usage will be charged. Easily stay connected with people in the same country as well as back home, with no overage to pay. Local SIMs can be bought in airports once you’ve landed, however, these may be pricey. If you’re looking to swap SIMs, Cellhire offers both international and European Data SIMs, with additional MiFis, starting from as low as £18.99.

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iOS10: Making iMessage Personal

Described as the ‘biggest release of iOS ever’, Apple’s latest software update sports a vast array of new features compatible with any device including and past the iPhone 5.

Although updated features include added 3D touch options, an improved Control Center and an overall revamp on mobile design, it is the changes to iMessage that are the most impressive. With personalization on read receipts, gaming choices and new camera options, Apple’s iOS10 update makes messages ‘more personal than ever’.

Send drawings, heartbeats and more

Featuring a slightly new layout, iMessage now has a smaller message box to type in, to make room for the 3 added options on the left hand side.

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iOS10 integrates the App store into iMessage so users can quickly access apps and widgets to send to other contacts. Want to compete on games? You can now send the app straight to a friend and start playing! On the same tab, share GIFs, browse the internet and share music. Sharing online content has never been easier!

 

Digital Touch

‘Digital Touch Messages’ are also a new feature, allowing you to draw pictures and send them over iMessage. Draw in 7 different colors and share your affection by sending digital kisses and heartbeats. Be warned though, these message will only appear in your thread for 2 minutes before expiring unless otherwise saved by the recipient.

Want to send something even more personal? Turn your phone landscape and handwrite a message! Click send and recipients will receive a message hand written by you that will stay in the thread forever.

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Invisible Ink, Animations and Slam

iMessage also comes with the option to send your messages with an effect. Choose from four ‘Bubble’ effects or five ‘Screen effects’. Choose from the following ‘Bubble’ effects:
Invisible Ink – sends your message as a pixelated blur. The recipient has to tap the message in order to see the content.
Gentle – sends the text as small and gradually grows to normal size.
Loud – used to mimic shouting, the text bubble is sent as big, wobbles a little then shrinks back to normal size.
Slam – The message bubble is quite literally ‘slammed’ into the chat, leaving a puff of dust and making the previous messages tremor.

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The ‘Screen’ effects fill the whole screen once the message has been sent and you can choose from Balloons, Confetti, Lasers, Fireworks or a Shooting Star.

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Markup on Camera

Wanting to send a photo over iMessage? Easily navigate through your photo library and click on a photo to put it in your message. Want to take a new photo? A preview thumbnail will come up so you all you have to do is ‘capture’ the photo. Also, before you send it, not only can you edit the filter, you can actually draw, write and zoom in on certain parts on them too! Simply click ‘Mark up’ in the bottom left corner once you’ve clicked on the preview of the photo.

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Emoji Predictions

If you’ve installed iOS10, I don’t need to tell you that the Emojis have changed, they look very different. With more variety to choose from including a wider range of Emoji families, non-gender specific faces and a whole new bunch of faces too, should you choose to just send someone an emoji it will appear in your message 3 times the original. Yet this isn’t the only difference. iOS10 now auto analyses your message and picks out words that can be swapped for an emoji, this text will automatically highlight in orange and all you have to do is click on the text. Happy will turn into the smiling Emoji, present into the present, okay into the okay hand symbol and so on…

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Tapback

How many times a day do you respond to messages with a one word answer? Something like ‘okay’ or a laughing emoji? Well now you don’t even have to type anything out when responding to messages. With ‘Tapback’, either double click on hold down any message sent in a thread and iOS10 gives you the option to ‘like’, ‘dislike’, ‘love’, ‘laugh’ at, ‘emphasize’ or ‘question’ the message. Once you’ve clicked an option, it will appear in a bubble above the message and the recipient will get a notification to say you’ve reacted to a message.

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Read Receipts

Want someone to know you’ve seen their message? iOS10 now allows you to customise who specifically can see your read receipts. Leave your read receipts off in settings but turn on individual ones through the info in your message thread. Once switched on, this will automatically sync to all your devices where you’re signed in on iMessage.