Apple’s latest and greatest operating system — iOS 10 — is here, and with it comes a host of improvements. Most importantly, there’s now an iMessage App Store that lets you download stickers and install games or apps for you to play and use directly within a conversation. The whole iMessage platform, announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year, is quite similar to the Facebook chat bots craze. You can install apps like The Weather Channel if you want to pull up the day’s highs and lows directly within a chat, or OpenTable, which lets you vote and book your favorite restaurants.
There are three types of iMessage Apps you can install — games, apps, and stickers. You can access the iMessage App Store from the Messages app by tapping the App Store icon near the keyboard in a conversation. The list of stickers, games, and apps for iMessage are continuing to grow, and plenty more will come. For now, we’ve picked five in each section that we think you should download. Check them out.
Best iMessage Stickers
Super Mario Run Stickers (free)
Nintendo’s second major app to come to a mobile operating system after Miitomo will feature the company’s most iconic character, Mario. But game aside, who doesn’t want to spam Mario stickers in every conversation? These stickers allow you embed the popular plumber within your messages, and you can even send a selfie with Mario’s hat and mustache layered over your face.
Grammar Snob ($1)
If you’re the type to constantly correct your friends on their grammar and spelling, you should download Grammar Snob now. The app lets you playfully place misused or misspelled words over errors in a red, handwritten-like font.
Pac-Man Moving Stickers (free)
Pac-Man has been on mobile operating systems for quite some time, and now the yellow circle can chase ghosts in your messages. These animated stickers simply make your conversations more lively. Unfortunately, Bandai Namco says they’re only free to download until September 20.
Cookie Monster Stickers (free)
Cookies aren’t the only time you need to bring up Cookie Monster. OK, they kind of are, but Cookie Monster is cute and goofy so he deserves a place in your Messages. Like the Disney stickers, you can drag the blue fur ball to your chat bubbles, over images, and on top of other stickers as well.
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George R. R. Martin Stickers (free)
Winter is coming. No really, it is. But instead of typing those words out, why not use the sticker from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice collection? You can send stickers of iconic phrases, house sigils, and artifacts such as swords and crowns, and you can also place them on top of other images.