Tapback in iOS 10

Feature Request: iMessage Tapback for Shared Photo Stream

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

When Apple announced Stickers and Tapback for iMessages in iOS 10, my first thought was: “What a useless gimmick”. I would have preferred that Apple had spent more resources on making iCloud Drive more like Dropbox. It’s been a few weeks since iOS 10 was officially released, and I have to admit that I’ve been using Tapback a lot.

Tapback. Just tap to send one of six quick responses that let people know what you’re thinking.

Maintaining the context

Between my wife’s Costa Rican family, my Austrian family, and friends in the US, I take part in several iMessage group chats. When multiple people are texting at the same time, it’s not always easy to keep up the context when replying, especially if there are multiple messages between the message you want to respond to and answer. That’s where Tapback is handy because you can attach a Tapback to a particular message.

Tapback in the Young Kummer chat
Tapback in action in the “Young Kummer Chat”

When my brother or my sister-in-law sends a photo of my niece changing the diaper of her teddy bear, it’s much quicker and more meaningful to attach a heart to that photo instead of writing a reply.

Tapback for Shared Photo Stream

I’ve come to enjoy Tapback for iMessages so much that I started to miss them in Shared Photo Streams. Same as with iMessage groups, we have a Shared Photo Stream for the family. When someone posts a cute, funny or cool photo the only options to respond today are Like or Comment. Attaching a thumbs up, heart or a “haha” makes so much more sense in my opinion. I have submitted a feature request via Apple’s Feedback Assistance, and I hope Apple will add this functionality in a future update to iOS.

PS: I still think Tapback are a gimmick, but I don’t consider them useless anymore.

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Michael Kummer

🇦🇹 Austrian 📜 Blogger 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Father of a princess and a preemie 🥑 Fan of Paleo lifestyle 💻 Technologist ✈️ Frequent flyer 📱Amateur photographer