Auki 2 launches in Cydia, brings Quick Compose and improved Quick Reply to iOS 9

By , Sep 9, 2016

auki 2 quick compose

Back in the day, Auki was one of the coolest jailbreak tweaks to have on any jailbroken device. It brought a very native-feeling Quick Compose and Quick Reply experience to iOS.

Auki 2 for iOS 9 has been in development for some time, and after all that hard work, it’s finally become a finished project and is available in Cydia starting today.

Because iOS already has native Quick Reply built into it now, part of the Auki experience was already doomed from the get-go. Nevertheless, well-known graphic designer Surenix has worked hard with iOS developer @pimskeks to create something that’s the exact opposite of what you’d think to be “doomed.” In fact, they’ve crafted what some might say is a whole new beginning.

Quick Compose is probably the biggest feature of the tweak, because even a stock installation of iOS doesn’t have Quick Compose despite having native quick reply features built into it.

Shown above, Quick Compose can be initiated from anywhere in iOS with an Activator action of your choice; additionally, you can also open quick compose by swiping down while you’re in Notification Center.

You can begin typing someone’s name in the text field at the top of the interface and the tweak colorizes your search results in blue or green depending on whether or not you can iMessage the person. When you tap on the person you want to talk to, you can begin typing to them immediately.

You’ll also see that Auki 2 has an image picker to the left of the chat box, and this lets you send attachments from your Photo Library right from the Auki 2 interface without having to be in the Messages app.

As far as Quick Reply goes… well, iOS already has quick reply. So now, Auki 2 just goes to work by improving on it.

auki 2 quick reply

What you’ll see after installing Auki 2 is that you can now send attachments from your Photo Library through the Quick Reply interface, and contact pictures now show up next to the sender’s name.

Just like before, you can also swipe back to other messages from the conversation, just in case the notification you’re looking at doesn’t give enough context to spark your memory about what the conversation was about in the first place.

Auki 2 even comes complete with the ability to be reminded later of incoming messages you can’t deal with at the moment, and with a “Mark as Read” feature that lets you mark unread notifications as read. These buttons are brought up by tapping somewhere in the blurred area when you open the Quick Reply interface:

Auki 2 Remind Me Later Mark As Read

The contact pictures are actually going to be system-wide, and show up in the Messages app as well as in the Auki interface:

auki 2 systemwide profile pictures

Auki 2 is available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository starting today for $3.99, but if you own the original Auki tweak, then Auki 2 is just a $1.49 upgrade.

If you’re jailbroken, I can’t recommend this tweak enough for improving your messaging experience. It works with iOS 9 iPhones and iPod touches (not iPads) and doesn’t have any options to configure.

Check it out and let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

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  • 2008crna

    How does this tweak differ from Couria other than the UI? That is the one I currently use but it doesn’t allow picture messaging and it has about a 3 second lag when activating from my lock screen on my phone. Anyone know?

    • Sleetui

      I use Couria as well. But this tweak is probably more refined and in general better overall. I still continue to use Couria since Auki took quite some time to be updated for iOS’s.

    • Chris Ryan

      i like couria better because it allows you to pull up recently messaged people as well as a list of favourites instead of having to enter in the contact name to send your message first…also with couria you can see the full conversation when u pull down instead of swiping thru a few messages in auki…i think the only benefit to auki is quicker access to send a picture…not worth the price tag imho

  • Julio Hernandez

    Wow I totally forgot Auki even existed lmao

  • Diego Milano

    I used to be a big Quick Compose user back in the biteSMS days but honestly I don’t see myself using it anymore.

  • iOS Kush

    Whats the word on the iOS 10 Jailbreak?

    • Blip dude

      Too soon to be asking, it’s not even out to the general public yet.

      • iOS Kush

        I’m running the GM at the moment just was curious if anyone knew the progress so far. The GM was always the last piece of the puzzle I thought?

    • It’s not out yet.

  • David Pomerleau

    Is there an iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak?

    • Blip dude

      I wouldn’t hold my breath for an iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak at this point, not with iOS 10 just days away from release. But hey, who knows.

    • No

  • Blip dude

    Probably gonna skip on the this for the time being. I’m almost positive they’ll also charge extra for an iOS 10 upgrade as well.

    • Unfortunately this is because a whole new developer was responsible for coding the update. It wouldn’t be fair for a completely new developer to pick up the responsibility and time for coding this tweak and not be compensated for it. On the plus side, it’s less than half of the asking price… not much at all.

      • Blip dude

        Oh that part I completely understand. But I do also developers like A3 Tweaks have to recode their own tweaks whenever they update them for a new OS update. I presume this will be the case here as well.

        I had the 1st version of Auki, and I have absolutely no complaints about it. I know that if this tweak is updated to iOS 10 (when that time comes of course), I know I’ll be paying for a awesome quality tweak.

  • 22082121

    This tweak is buggy. Crashes upon receiving a text-based notification for me.

  • Damian

    Messages by Ma Jun is just a much better tweak