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Here’s the standalone Animoji app Apple should have built

Here’s the standalone Animoji app Apple should have built


Unlikely we’ll find it in the App Store anytime soon

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Animoji karaoke has been the latest meme to flood social media feeds since the iPhone X was released on Friday. Animoji is fun, essentially transposing your facial gestures onto one of several animated creatures. Unfortunately, it's locked to Apple’s Messages app and limited to ten second clips that can later be saved as a movie files and shared in other apps.

Now developer Simon B. Støvring has created a standalone app that also doubles clip recordings to 20 seconds, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Støvring’s application is called SBSAnimoji and uses Apple's private APIs. That means it's unlikely the app will be available in the App Store any time soon unless Apple chooses to open up the Animoji APIs to third-party developers.

SBSAnimoji is arguably the app Apple should have made in debuting Animoji, but then it would have lost a persuasive feature that helps create iMessage envy and lock-in. Those who really want to try out the SBSAnimoji app can side-load it onto their iPhone X, but only after pursuing a non-trivial route that includes the creation of a developer account.