Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple Inc., speaks during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Apple Inc.'s mobile-payment service Apple Pay will now work on websites, a long-awaited feature that will pit the company directly against companies such as PayPal Holdings Inc.
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By Don Reisinger
July 5, 2016

As Apple promised at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month, stickers will be coming to its messaging service iMessage. The tech giant has now delivered some of its own.

Apple (AAPL) recently released four apps that users can download to add stickers to iMessage. However, the feature is only available to iOS 10 users, so those hoping to append and peel stickers away from the messaging app will have to wait to try it out in the fall when the operating system launches, or download the public beta this month.

Regardless, Apple’s collection of stickers look awfully appealing for those who remember the good old days of computing. One of the sticker collections, called “Classic Mac,” show old cursors, an hourglass, and other icons from the early days of the Mac. Apple’s sticker collection also includes a wide array of “smileys,” as well as different kinds of hand gestures. All of the sticker collections are available as free downloads.

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Apple announced a slew of improvements to its iMessage app at WWDC last month. The application, which allows users to message each other, will include the new stickers function in iOS 10. With stickers, users can pick from their collections and add them to their conversation. They can also be “peeled” like real-life stickers. Apple opened iMessage to third-party developers, which means many more sticker apps will be coming to the operating system in the coming months as iOS 10’s launch nears.

Indeed, Apple called iOS 10 the biggest update it’s made since the operating system’s launch in 2007. In addition to iMessage improvements, the operating system comes with a refreshed design in Apple Music, security upgrades, the ability to copy-and-paste from iOS to macOS and back, and much more. It’ll be available as a free download in the fall, though those who want to try it out can do so starting this month as part of Apple’s public beta. Developers have had their hands on the operating system since WWDC last month.

Although Apple’s stickers are only available to iOS 10 users, the apps are currently available in the company’s App Store. Those not running the upcoming Apple operating system won’t be able to try them out, but those who are can get them up and running right now.

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While the sticker collections aren’t necessarily groundbreaking, if nothing else, “Classic Mac” is a welcome blast from the past.

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