Apple has rolled out its first emoji sticker packs for Messages in iOS 10. Available only to those testing its first beta release, the packs include the Smileys, Hearts, and Hands stickers found on Apple Watch — plus a Classic Mac collection.
Stickers are all part of Apple’s big Messages overhaul, which will make the most-used app on iOS even more addictive. They’re a lot like the emoji characters we’re already familiar with, but they’re bigger — and they move!
If you’re already running the iOS 10 beta, you can download these sticker packs through iTunes Preview. You will already be familiar with Smileys, Hearts, and Hands if you’re an Apple Watch user, but Classic Mac is new.
Stickers are installed as mini apps — like third-party keyboards — and are then accessed in the Messages app drawer. Sending them is as easy as tapping your chosen sticker, or you can “peel” and place them around chat bubbles, images, and more.
Over time, we’ll see more and more sticker packs like these — many of which will come from third-party designers. In rival messaging apps such as WeChat, stickers are already incredibly common, and a massive money-maker.