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Once upon a time, people sent text messages between cell phones using a technology called SMS. And the cellular carriers rejoiced, because they charge by the message or the message bundle. And then Apple came along and spoiled the carriers party by creating iMessages. These are text messages that you send between iOS devices over an Internet connection rather than a cellular network. Because these messages weren't sent over a cell network, the carriers can't charge for them. The means for sending and receiving these messages is the Messages app. This is how it works.
To begin, go to Settings and then tap the Messages setting. Now log in with your Apple ID, if you have one. If you don't have one, you can simply tap Create New Account, and you'll be walked through the process for doing that. In this case we have one, we tap Sign In. The email address associated with our account is filled in so all we have to do now is tap Next. If you'd like to receive iMessages with more than one account, tap the Receive At item in the Messages screen and then tap Add Another Email.
In the field that appears, you can enter another one of your email addresses and then tap Return. The address will be verified and a caller ID item will appear. You can tap on this to choose which address your iMessages will be identified with. When you're done, you tap the message's back arrow to return to the Messages Setting screen. Of course if you'd like to turn iMessages off, all you have to do is tap the on/off switch. We're going to leave it on. Now in this screen, you're going to see two additional options. The first, Send Read Receipts will notify people you've messaged when you've read their message.
The other, Show Subject Field does exactly that in the Messages app, which we'll look at now. Return to the Home screen and tap Messages. The Messages app looks a bit like the Mail app. Along the left side of the screen is a list of conversation threads with people you've texted. To create a new thread just tap on the New Thread icon at the top of the window. On the right side you see the contents of the selected thread. You can address messages by either typing in an email address within the Address field, or tapping on the plus button and choosing addresses within the pane that appears.
And I'm going to text my friend Nick. Note that for messages to be sent successfully, those you send messages to must have message compatible email addresses that are registered with Apple. If you enter an address that isn't registered, the address will turn pink and display an exclamation mark indicating that the address can't be used with Messages. And yes, you can send a message to multiple recipients. Our message is ready, we haven't filled in the subject and that's okay.
To send the message just tap Send, and we wait for a response. You can also send pictures and movies. Tap the Camera icon, and you can choose to take a photo or video if you have an iPad that has a camera on it and that's currently the iPad 2, or you can choose an existing picture which is what we'll do now. Go in to your Photos, let's look at our Photo Library, and let's look at our Photo Library, and let's grab a dog picture because dogs are wonderful. And I'll tap Use, and here you see the image.
Along with the image, you can send a message, and so we'll type in a little message and send that along. You have the option to delete entire threads as well as individual messages within a thread. To do the first, you just tap on the Edit button in the top-left corner of the screen, tap on the red minus button, and then you tap Delete. We're going to keep this one, so we won't tap that button, and we'll tap Done to get out.
To remove a portion of a thread, select that thread and tap the Action button in the top-right corner of the screen, and that's the curved arrow button. Select a message and then tap the Delete button at the bottom of the screen. Optionally, you can forward that bit of message by tapping the Forward button. At this point, address the message and send it. We won't do that so we'll tap Cancel. If you'd like to see information about the messages sender, tap the Info button in the top-right corner. That takes care of the workings of the Messages app.
Before we go, we should talk about iMessages as they're reflected in other areas of the iPad. Messages is more than just an app, it's also a service that's available to other apps. For example, let's go back to the Home screen, launch the Photos app, and we'll select a photo from an album. When you tap the Action menu you see that Message is one of the options. Tap Message and that image is enclosed in the message. Just address the message, add a subject heading if you like, and some text and tap Send.
We won't do that and we'll tap Cancel. Well, let's go back to the Home screen and launch the Maps app. Let's find our location by tapping the Location button, and here we are. So tap on that blue dot, and then tap on the Info button, now tap Share Location, and you see you have the option to share that location through Message. So let's tap that option, once again a message appears, and we can then address that message and send it along to somebody we want to share our location with.
You can also share contacts via messages in the same kind of way. And that's Messages. An affordable and flexible way to dash off a quick message to other iOS device owners.
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