Interactive Notifications on iOS 8

Now that it’s done talking about OS X Yosemite, Apple has moved on to iOS 8. And one of the first major new elements in the software is called Interactive notifications. This includes a couple of features, but without a doubt, the most notable one is quick reply

Craig Federighi demonstrated the new feature on stage by showing a message notification popping up on an iPhone Lock screen, and within one tap, he was able to reply to the message without opening the Messages app. This has been a long-time requested feature, and a popular reason for iPhone users to jailbreak.

Interactive Notifications iOS 8

And Interactive notifications goes beyond quick reply. For calendar events, users will see Accept and Reject buttons appear next to a notification on their Lock screen or in Notification Center. So again, they won’t have to open up the Calendar app to address the notification.

Hopefully this functionality will eventually spill over to third party apps (i.e.: dismissing a Facebook Message without opening Facebook).

  • Donovan

    iOS 8 > iOS x with jailbreak

    • Anmol Malhotra

      But they are available only for iMessage not for whatsapp or any other alternate app… Maybe they will provide an api for it?

      • Quang

        Yes, i think so. You can do that with Facebook app too such as Like or Comment…

      • Sachin

        It will eventually come with whatsapp and other apps too like they showed with facebook.

      • Donovan

        i think they will, it would be amazing.

    • Matt

      Uhh you must be intoxicated with something.

      • Donovan


  • It’s about time for Quick reply, they are listening to consumers.

  • jocastro

    its about damn time with quick reply, jesus

    • Rowan09

      I agree they are giving a people less of a reason to jailbreak.

  • Rowan09

    IOS 8 is definitely a step in the right direction . Deleting people from a group message is going to be big for me. About time for quick reply as well.

    • Sachin

      Quick reply, install third party keyboard. I think i am gonna lose my jailbreak. 😛

  • The Cigarian

    It’s about time!

  • VWH

    That last tweak needed to give up jailbreaking

  • ourcore

    HELL YEAAAAH. This is like every quick reply tweak combined with LockInfo. Love it

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Please make some changes to control center…. please apple!!
    And add dark mode in iOS 8.. PLEASE!

    • Matt Taylor

      And a third party Siri API! They completely skipped Siri… Get ur API’s here, come one come all… Oh wait, not you Siri! Hahaha

  • Edwin Koh

    Please let whatsapp have this function too :/

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    BiteSMS, LockInfo, Couria, Auki, Intelliscreen X7 in Cydia. NEXT

  • Rigs101

    Now allow a torrent downloading app like utorrent or itransmission and bye bye jailbreak

    • Rowan09

      Won’t happen but you can send airdrop to IOS devices now.

      • Rigs101

        Yeah but for now I’ll stick with jailbroken ios7 I already paid so much for tweaks

      • Rowan09

        I agree. I love my jailbreak.

  • Bosco

    I’m happy they have finally added QR. However, this is their first go at it. It’ll need work.

    • diggitydang

      Also doesn’t include QC… I’m tempted to let my JB go, but on the fence now.

      • Bosco

        Exactly. I honestly dislike stock ios. Too many small things I can’t stand.

        Plus, I really enjoy Auxo 2, bitesms (and all it’s features, not just QC/QR), notification center tweaks (betterNC7), themes, activator (so many goodies), f.lux, filpcontrolcenter, manualcorrect pro, ETC.

        So many reasons why I would never upgrade for stock ios. Nothing in ios 8 (to me) is worth losing my ios 7 JB.

      • diggitydang

        Yeah, I agree with you… I just hate having to avoid doing any kind of restore on my phone when I want to clean it out. I wish Apple would have said that you can go back to an old OS. If they’re giving users a choice on security for the new SDK’s, then why not give us a choice on using an older OS too?

        All that said, I do like the features that were announced today.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Since apple unable stop people from exploiting vulnerabilities for ios jailbreak might aswell integrate jailbreak tweaks in order fot them not to jailbreak anymore. Good thinking apple

  • er… I have exactly the same thing in my Blackberry 10 since January. Apple copying much..?

    • Tonka Thor


    • John

      er… my iPhones have had a touch screen since years ago.
      Blackberry 10 copying much?
      Stop with your comparing bullshit.

  • solidsephiroth

    Does iOS8 have Quick Compose?

    • Siddharth Desai

      It’s not advertised. But may be we could see a notification center widget?

      • solidsephiroth

        I hope so. And they could give us the option to use touchID/password if they are worried about privacy.

  • Ishaan Malhotra


  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    For clarification, this will be available for all notifications. I’m not sure if this will just work out of the box or if third party developers need to do anything on their end, but it’s still happening nonetheless. And let’s not forget about third party keyboards, I mean that’s pretty awesome!

  • hkgsulphate

    Gave up jb in iOS 7
    Now I have even more reasons!

  • sriram varadarajulu

    anyone know if this will be available for 3rd party applications?


    Looks like apple finally caved in.

  • Matt

    These all are wet big release that everyone has been waiting for for years. Button people say that this is a just real killer – the devs always will come up with something that will enhance the capabilities of the stic features whether it’s the quick reply or anythin else. Yes, some tweaks will be ditched like Auki but there are still thousands of themes, sounds, mods etc. to make the pain truly “yours”. So jailbreak isn’t even near being dead. I’m excited to see how devs are going to take advantage of these awesome new features.

  • Jk Akopian

    My quick reply doesn’t work what can I do?

  • Delfos Sambucetti

    The interactive notification not working on my Facebook. Any ideas why?