Preview: Anemo

By , Aug 18, 2013

Anemo

Anemo is an upcoming tweak that brings a sleek looking Quick Reply feature to the stock Messages app. The tweak, which has been in its conceptual stages for quite some time, is a collaboration between iOS developer, John Corbett, and renowned iOS designer, Sentry.

Anemo was initially featured by Sentry in its conceptual stages via a post on The Verge’s forums. Afterwards, it quickly rose to popularity, amassing over 200 comments from interested users.

Today, I was able to go hands-on with a real working beta copy of Anemo. What I found was a tweak that lived up to its initial concept laid out almost a year earlier. Check inside for my first hands-on demo with Anemo.

Once I had Anemo installed, it just started working. There was no need for me to enable any options or configure any settings. After I received a banner notification for an iMessage, I was greeted with a new Quick Reply button on the right-most side of the banner. Tapping the Quick Reply button revealed the full Anemo interface, which allowed me to quickly reply to a message without leaving the current application.

Of course, I’ve been testing a beta copy of Anemo, but it lends a solid idea of what to expect from the final project. The initial release of Anemo will be similar to what’s included with the beta, but Sentry tells me that we can expect a lot more features to be added via consistent updates — think MiniPlayer.

What do you think about Anemo thus far? Are you excited that this concept is being brought to reality? Share your thoughts about the tweak in the comments section below.

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  • William Melendez

    Take notes apple ! Bring it to the golden master ios 7 . Highly doubt it though :/

    • Gorgonphone

      Ive will say that UI has to much rendering and needs more wire frame

  • Siddharth Desai

    Quit messaging yourself, Jeff.

  • Al

    iPad compatibility?

  • Willie

    Reminds me of MobileNotifier.

  • Naveen Thomas

    Apple needs to implement this into the final build of iOS 7!

  • Dien Agustin

    Too bad Im already on 6.1.4 :( Is there any available jailbreak for me? :((

    • Abdullah AbuBakr

      UnthreadedJB is supposedly coming out, but I wouldn’t really bet on it (though they are legit)

      • Prasoon Singh

        That’s a joke. The codes they were using were stolen. They’re fake.

      • Javier Lopez

        Do you think Joshua is fake?

  • Richard Grounds

    Looks great. Would love to see a “delay” option like xMessages. I don’t think there is a delay option for messages for iOS6.

  • Jem Roxas

    BiteSMS ftw!

  • jackjohnbrown

    How does it handle messages on the lock screen?

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    I wonder if this will be compatible with DietBulletin; my best guess is it won’t.

    • SimonReidy

      Hoping the same thing, but I’d say your guess is right, as I don’t see how the animation from the slide-down banner would work with diet bulletin :(

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Yeah. And not just the animation but also there would be no space for an extra button anywhere, although that could easily be replaced with something else.
        In any case, I am no longer a user of quick reply tools as I used to be.

  • Pablo

    is there any quick reply for whatsapp working on ios 5.1.1 with the latest whatsapp version?

  • SimonReidy

    Awesome tweak. Sentry has a real talent at designing tweaks with a native look that fit right in with iOS. This is probably the most user-friendly implementation of quick reply too, due to to the cool way it extends from the banner.

    Surely Apple has to see the sense in eventually adding a quick reply API to iOS? (something that developers could integrate into all messaging apps). In fact it would be great if Apple went even further, and allowed different buttons on banners with a range of actions available, depending on what type of notification banner it was (a snooze button for a 3rd party alarm app for example).

    I know Apple likes to keep everything simple, but static banners are _too_ simple to deal with the multitude of different notifications we now receive.

  • sam445

    Any Quick Reply for whatsapp

  • Jeff Ramirez

    Will there be a quick compose using maybe an activator option? Probably not.

  • Fanboyofapple

    Does it improve upon bitesms? If not, I don’t see any reason to get it. Bite is gonna be hard to replace.

  • Rupinder S

    No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no no noooo.

  • TuNuT

    This is just for QuickReply, how about QuickCompose? :-/

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    i wonder how long it takes for apple to copy this.

    apple is the new SameSung.

    • Joseph

      Careful, an avalanche of dislikes is incoming.

    • DissQuss

      Apple is implementing not copying.

  • אביאור רוקח

    Message+ is better.

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    Sentry should sell this to BiteSMS developers :D

    • Ryan Stack

      I don’t think it’d be too hard for the BiteSMS devs to copy this. I’m surprised they haven’t done it yet… or something similar.

  • Niclas

    I would like it to slide under the statusbar so I can se the date, time etc!

  • Kamrul

    Can you create a text from anywhere though like BiteSMS?

  • Gorgonphone

    this is nice but i dont use those flip notifiers so …

  • Steve Jobs

    there is bitesms and we dont need! WE NEED THAT FOR WHATSAPP!!

    • Guest

      Quick Reply for whatsapp already exists my friend…

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I don’t think this would be too hard to implement into iOS 7. C’mon Apple, I hate leaving the app I’m in.

  • Pankaj Rana

    I want exactly something like that for all of these: what’s app, we chat, tango, line, viber, skype, rounds, fring, and FB….

  • Robert Goldberg

    Looks really good, but I still believe Messages by Ma Jun is the best solution for quick reply.

  • Sleetui

    When will this come out? It’s been awhile…