New features are continually developed for the secure messaging service Signal. The app is knows for its focus on privacy, with end-to-end encryption powered by the open source Signal Protocol. Every message and call is protected from view, except on the intended receiver's device. Android users have had a built-in backup feature for some time.
Stickers are a fun way to interact with iMessage on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A wide variety of apps deliver their own sticker packs, and unique stickers can be purchased in the App Store. Personalized memoji stickers can also be created, and sent to others in a message thread. When there are many stickers in a group message, things can get confusing fast.
Instagram continues to add features, simplifying the management of content on its platform. For anyone interested in deleting a large number of comments or spam on a post, the photo sharing app has added a bulk delete option. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can easily delete multiple comments from a post with a few taps. Once deleted, the comments are gone forever.
Group FaceTime calls support up to 32 people on the same video chat. While this helps connect more people at once across Apple devices, calls with many participants can get busy. FaceTime automatically decides which face to make larger on the screen. This feature is known as Automatic Prominence, which moves tiles and enlarges the box with the person actively speaking.
Some AirPods Pro owners have had issues with crackling, static, or noise cancellation while listening to their earphones. Firmware version 2B588, which was rolled out in November seems to be the culprit behind some of these problems. Apple has since released updates for the AirPods Pro, with the latest firmware version 2D15. It's easy to check what firmware is installed on your AirPods.