When iOS 10 was introduced at Apple’s WWDC 2016 event last month, a number of changes and new features were introduced. The most interesting changes came to iMessage, with the company moving into the territory of Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, adding stickers and animated emoji.
Now that developers and early testers have had the iOS 10 beta for a few weeks, Apple is adding some of these new features to Message’s functionality. Yesterday saw the release of the first four official sticker packs, consisting of different themed animated emojis.
The packs can be downloaded through iTunes Preview, and they include Hearts, Smileys, Hands, and Classic Mac. The first three packs have been seen before on the Apple Watch, acting as the smartwatch’s exclusive animated emoji.
The new Classic Mac pack, however, includes a set of icons from the original Macintosh, including the bomb and smiley faced-computer.
These first four sticker packs all come from Apple and serve as an example of what developer can create. Once iOS 10 launches this fall, users will be able to browse and download third-party sticker packs.