This is one of the most revamped apps of the new iOS 14 release and also one of the most used apps overall. With every new iteration, Apple makes improvements, and in this version Pin Conversations and Group Chats are introduced to streamline and make your communication easier.
Among other updates, you can pin up to 9 conversations to the top of your conversation list. It works just like a “Favorites” bookmarking feature.
When you get a new message from a pinned person or group conversation, it will pop up as a small speech bubble. You can then click on the conversation and it will open the regular text message screen you are used to from earlier iOS versions.
You pin a person or group chat to the top by holding down your finger on a conversation and then choosing Pin in the menu that pops up.
In group chats, you can now reply to specific messages as inline messages. Long-click on a message and choose Reply and it will be inline. You will get a visual cue in the form of a line drawn from the message you are replying to down to your reply. If you click on the inline message, it blurs the other messages and puts the focus on that message.
You also have the option to Mention a person using the @ symbol in front of their name. Using Mentions you can decrease the clutter of notifications in group chats. You can customize your message settings so that you only receive a notification when your name is mentioned. Any Mention will highlight your name for easier readability.
New Memoji’s and Stickers
If you like to spice up your messages with Memoji’s and Stickers, you’re in luck, since the new iOS offers better customization options for them. You can now age your Memoji’s and add face coverings. There are also 20 new hair and headwear styles to choose from, so have at it!