Good news for folks who like the features of biteSMS, but don’t use it due to performance and reliability issues. The team behind the popular Messages app replacement claims many known bugs were fixed in an update today.

BiteSMS version 7.5 was released this morning with a number of performance-related improvements and bug fixes. In fact, the developers say it’s now 100% the same speed as the Messages app. Full change log after the fold…

Here’s the full biteSMS 7.5 change log:

-Big performance increase when starting up biteSMS. It’s now 100% the same speed as the native Messages app.
-Fixed all issues associated with old messages appearing in Quick Reply.
-Fixed all issues associated with messages not always appearing in the biteSMS application.
-Fixed all scheduling issues.
-Fixed iMessage multi-media Apple bug.
-Improved LockInfo compatibility.
-QC and QR now display the Delivered or Read status of the last iMessage in the previous messages pull down.
-Inside biteSMS you can now pull down the keyboard from the blue title bar when you’re typing a long message and cannot see the bubbles anymore.
-Fixed up a bunch of crash reports and all known reported bugs.

And in case you’re wondering whether or not these changes really make a noticeable difference in the app’s performance, the biteSMS team claims that this is “the fastest and most stable production release” of the app to date.

If you’ve already purchased biteSMS, today’s 7.5 update is free of charge. Otherwise, you can grab it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. After a 7-day free trial, the app will start to display an ad banner until you purchase a license.

The license will cost you $7.99, and includes free, ad-free future updates. And considering some of the stuff biteSMS has in the pipeline, it may not be a bad investment. Yesterday the team teased its upcoming ‘Text Head’ feature.

Have you tried biteSMS 7.5 yet? What do you think so far?

  • Chiraag Thadani

    Yeap. BiteSMS was pretty awesome.. Now it’s just better! iOS 7 should so have some of these texting features!

  • Gorgonphone

    fantastic that iMessage bug was killing me

  • Gorgeous!

  • can’t wait to try it!

  • Havent checked it but ejth velox coming next weekend… we might no longer need this

  • weztimonial

    Awesome. The old messages appearing was getting on my nerve.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    If BiteSMS was built into the native Apple messages app, then I might give this another try. I just feel like with bitesms, it’s taking a step backwards with those AF popups in the middle of whatever you do. (I use statusbulliten, love it!) I also wish it had more of an Apple/iOS theme to it. But however, it is a great app and props to the developer team for making a good stable app that is updated regularly!
    PS: velox is around the corner. 😉

    • You can change it so it appears as banners instead of alerts, just play around with settings.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Yeah I’ll play around with it.

      • Where do you find that ?

  • Tye

    why should i try this instead of using the Messages tweak? What would you say makes this better than the Messages tweak?

    • Nothing makes this better messages is surpassing biteSMS features weekly : ) and it looks 10 times better. Look at that QC window. That’s so un iOS like. I don’t see how they can get away with releasing such and ugly tweak.
      Themes kind of saves this but I think they should set a standard.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      What messages tweak?

      • Tweak called messages, its a simple version of BiteSMS

    • Guest

      I like the quick reply feature. Allows you to reply while not closing whatever you’re in. You can also put profile pictures on your messages contacts, Change themes etc

  • Justine Tobi Dayao

    I thought it is like a tweak that you can install in every iDevice as long as you log-in your Cydia account.

  • I just want to use the chat heads. I dont care for this other stuff

  • Glad I bought the license when it was on sale, cost me about £2 only. Been using it for around 2 years without any problems anyways before this update.

  • Been using the trial of message and i like it so much that i bought. Tested the new update of bitesms and seriously i like message better

  • Guest

    wait, you guys aren’t highlighting its fantastic ‘text heads’ feature anymore?

    • iospixel

      It gets a mention. I think there’s a new article related to it too.

      Disappointment of the year for me. Whoever brings a chat heads feature to iOS deserves a lot of money.

  • I love how much faster the update made BiteSMS. Awesome update

  • Francisco Herrera

    One of my favorite tweeks. Didnt fall in love with it right away but honestly i could imagine my iphone with out it. Why appple has implemented this app in its standard ios is beyond me.

  • Very happy. Have used this for YEARS even with the crazy restarts and random bugs from time to to time. I have the retro old-school (blue) theme installed and that’s stabilized too, in the last weeks. Such a great app.