1/ Hand-write your message — Give your replies that personal touch by crafting them using your own handwriting: from the Messages window, tap to compose a response then turn your iPhone (or iPad) around so you’re in landscape mode. A new handwriting button appears in the lower right corner.
Tap this to scribble. Your note will be saved for future use and you can if you wish pick from some example notes already stored in Messages. An extra line of text can be added to the handwritten message too. (Anyone not using Apple Messages gets an MMS image … you know, if they’re using that Google Haemorrhoid).
2/ Deleting hand-written Messages in iOS — When you rotate your iPhone into landscape mode in the Messages app (on iPad, touch the squiggly icon down at bottom-right on the keyboard to get to that same mode), you can send hand-written notes to your friends. Just start drawing with your finger or stylus in the large rectangular area, or tap a pre-drawn one from the selection below to send that.
When you send that hand-written message, it stays in memory (below the drawing area) for you to use again.
If the recipient is running iOS 10 too, they’ll see your writing as a little animation in their Messages thread.
To get rid of what you’ve drawn before, just press and hold on any of the drawings within this view on your iPhone. They’ll start wiggling about, and just touch the little X and it’s gone.
You can get rid of those pre-drawn ones, too.
3/ Quick responses to messages — Another feature of iOS 10 Messages is the ‘tapback’: a quick pictorial response you can fall back on when you don’t have the time to type something out or aren’t feeling eloquent. Touch and hold on a message from them (with to send a tapback.
Available options include a thumbs up, a brief burst of laughter and a question mark. Your friends who aren’t using Apple Messages will get a plain text explaining the tapback instead: “laughed at…” for example. You can change and remove tapbacks with another long press.
4/ Filter unknown Message senders — If your cell phone number got discovered by someone who is now hounding you with promotional or other messages, open the iOS Settings app and look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch. You won’t see those any more. To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.
5/ Oldie-goodie — sometimes an old-fashioned trick is better than all these pulsating, hand-drawing, gifs, stickers and goodness-knows what else (I’m kinda dreading iOS 11 already!). Luckily, you can still bang a photo straight into the Message, which can sometimes say everything you want to say most eloquently. Tap the Camera icon to the left of the Message field (where you type), snap a quick picture, and blat that to them instead.