Last week, Apple announced a new version of Messages that will come with iOS 10, and it’s adding some things that I’m concerned will force us into communicating in a really, really stupid way. On the surface, the updates sound clever: suggested emojis for words, disappearing messages a-la SnapChat, full-screen animations based on things you’ve said (like if you say you’re excited, it will suggest that you add an exciting explosion), animations, stickers, and more.
Sounds fun, right?
No, no, no.
We joke about a future in which people only communicate via emojis and animations, but it appears we’re rapidly approaching that linguistic apocalypse.
While these additions are things Apple probably has to do to keep its Messages app up to speed with competitors, it’s going to force the cuteness on those of us who just want to text. If my buddy sends me a text asking if I want to grab a beer with just an emoji of a pint of beer and a happy little bunny exploding into a beer tap, I might turn him down or ask him to just ASK me.
With words. Like an adult.
We joke about a future in which people only communicate via emojis and animations, but it appears we’re rapidly approaching that linguistic apocalypse. There’s something elegant about communicating with words and something juvenile about communicating with animations and emoticons. There’s nothing wrong with it, to be clear – some people are kids, but it just doesn’t strike us as something that’s ultimately good for us as men, women, adults, and humans.
When the iPhone first came out in 2007, it had very basic texting capabilities. The messaging app that it came with sported an icon that just said “SMS” (Short Message Service), evidence of its simple nature. It wasn’t until the iOS 5 update that its name changed to iMessage, allowing iPhone users to send messages, photos, and movies without being charged for text messages by their providers.
I get it: They need to catch up. But this has taken things too far, in my humble opinion.
Here’s to hoping there’s an option to turn the goofiness off and allow us to just text one another when the update hits. That would make us very :).
You can see a preview movie below. Prepare to cry for our future.