Believe it or not Apple is shutting down the most successful iMessage sticker packs. One of the most adored uses of iMessage stickers will not be available anymore. This was confirmed by the creator of Phoneys. Phoney is a sticker set that swaps your friend’s blue text message bubble in return of a false one which contains funny sentence instead.
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The creator stated that Apple has requested him to completely alter the app just before the very next Thursday otherwise it will be no longer made available on the store. The issue has prevailed because of Phoney’s using Apple’s traditional font and style and because Apple generally disapproves prank apps.
In fact all this does not come as a surprise because although Phoney has maintained its replacements to be pretty much good natured one can just imagine how another sticker pack of this sort might reconstruct the concept and give an inappropriate result. Also coming down to the basic level, the results obtained from Phoney are actually confusing for a person who does not have a knowhow of iMessage stickers and ironically even confusing for a person who is aware of their functionality just because of the seamless look of the sticker pack.
Adam Howell who is the creator of Phoneys has been specifically directed to change Phoneys completely so they do not look anything like iMessage bubbles. In simpler words they have to be reconstructed so they give more of a comic book cartoon bub look. Now this new concept absolutely changes the original concept of Phoneys.
Therefore Howell isn’t very sure about his immediate action. He may allow Phoneys to be removed so that the current users can enjoy in its original form or he might update to something new which uses the basic concept of Phoneys. But Howard states that both the options do not seem to be good enough. No comment has been given by Apple upon this matter.
Till last Friday night Phoneys still remained to be in the top spot for paid stickers in the App Store. This position has been so since it attracted attention on Wednesday. This isn’t surprising as the concept is so clever but unfortunately we won’t be seeing something like it for a long time in iMessage.