As if you needed another incentive to text your best friend, iPhone users now have the ability to add a creative personal touch to their messages using Digital Touch. What’s more, it turns out that there are plenty of Digital Touch tricks on iOS 10 to experiment with. So, if you’ve been wondering exactly what you can do with this messaging technology, I have good news: The answer is, “a lot.”
Digital Touch became available for the iPhone when iOS 10 was officially released on Sept. 13. (The announcement of the release date had previously been made at Apple’s keynote presentation on Sept. 7.) This feature, which Apple Watch usershave been able to take advantage of since 2015, lets you add notes to photos and videos, as well as send hand-drawn sketches, animations, single-tap replies, and heartbeats. What more could we ask for in a messaging app?
Once you download iOS 10, you can find the Digital Touch button by going to the Messages app, and clicking the icon that looks like a heart with two fingers. Your first reaction will probably be: OMG, this changes everything! It may take some time for you to get used to the new functions and for the element of surprise to wear off, but after that, the possibilities are endless. Go HAM with my top seven tricks for making the most out of Digital Touch:
1. Make Your Own Comic Strip
Now that you can draw on pictures and send sketches using Digital Touch, channel your inner Picasso and make a comic strip with your friends. You can draw on the same photo multiple times to create the illusion of a moving image or start a drawing from scratch. At the very least, it’s a great way to kill some time if you’re in line or in the waiting room!