Apple adds gif animations to iMessage


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  • Saturday, 01 Sep 2018

Apple is finally letting iMessage users get more expressive with an integrated gif search bar. — dpa

Why send a thumbs up emoji when you can send a gif of a person in a horse costume doing it instead? Apple is finally letting iMessage users get more expressive with an integrated gif search bar.

Users of Apple’s iMessage will soon be able to add animated gif images to chats without having to resort to additional apps or extra keyboards. Apple is ­releasing an integrated image search for iMessage, as a support document reveals.

The corresponding icon is located below the input line in the iMessage app bar. The ­suggestions are based partly on the content of the text, the ­popularity of a gif and on ­frequently used search terms.

Gifs are provided through search engines like Gyfcat, GIF Keyboard and Giphy. The ­integrated gif search is available on all iOS devices running iOS 10 or above.

If the feature – a white ­magnifying glass on red ­background – doesn’t appear automatically in iMessage, you can also activate it manually.

To do this, tap the App icon in iMessage, swipe to the very end of the list and select the icon with the three dots. In the new window, click on “Edit” and ­enable “Pictures” under “More Apps”. The icon will then appear in chats. – dpa


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