Columba: a biteSMS alternative offering Quick Compose/Reply, scheduled messages, and more

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Although biteSMS is no longer supported on the latest versions of iOS, a jailbreak tweak called Columba for iOS 9 brings some of the functionality biteSMS users loved to jailbroken iOS 9 devices.

Columba for iOS 9 comes complete with Quick Compose and Quick Reply, as well as a slew of other must-have features for sending and receiving messages from your jailbroken iPhone. Read More


Kairos lets you schedule text messages to be sent later [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Text message scheduling is a useful feature that I’m surprised Apple hasn’t already built into iOS’ Messages app as a stock feature. After all, sometimes you want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or wish them a great holiday and you may remember before the fact, but you forget when the time actually comes.

Kairos is a new jailbreak tweak that streamlines scheduling out text messages in iOS, and we’ll show you how it works in this review. Read More


SwitchService: a tweak that lets you quickly toggle between iMessage and SMS messages

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 2, 2015

BiteSMS was a jailbreak app that acted as an outright replacement for the stock Messages app. It was extremely popular due to the bevy of different features that it brought to the table. One such feature was the ability to quickly switch between sending messages as iMessages or standard SMS messages.

Sadly, BiteSMS has been defunct for some time now, and with it, many of the features that made it so great. But a new jailbreak tweak called SwitchService brings back the ability to toggle between iMessage and SMS messages, and as you’ll see, it works very well. Read More


biteSMS 8: the best messages app for iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 18, 2014

Do you hear that? That’s Sebastien Page popping open a bottle of the finest bubbly in celebration of the public release of biteSMS for iOS 7. Of, course, I’m joking. Sebastien would likely save his bubbly for a more apt occasion, but he’s no doubt happy to hear about biteSMS’ release, and for good reason.

Despite some of the criticism I’ve heaped on biteSMS over the years, it’s still without a doubt one of the finest, and one of the most cared-for jailbreak apps in history. I mean, who else can you think of that meticulously updates its apps as much as the folks behind bite do? Instead of milking the success of biteSMS, it’s always being worked on, perfected, and enhanced for the customer.

biteSMS 8.0, which is the first public release sporting the highly coveted iOS 7 compatibility, is a pivotal change for the app’s look. Of course, the creators of biteSMS had to match the style of iOS 7, which was, besides the under-the-hood changes, one of the more pressing issues for them to get right.

I’m happy to report that biteSMS 8.0 looks great, and works in the same familiar fashion that we’ve all grown accustomed to over the years. If you’re a bite fan, you’re not going to be disappointed. If you’re new to the world of biteSMS, then you’re in for a treat. Have a look at our full walkthrough after the break as we explore what has made biteSMS such a loved Messages app enhancement over the years. Read More


BiteSMS 8.0 beta 7 is out with support for iPhone 5s

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

Great news for biteSMS fans with late-model iPhones this morning. BiteSMS 8.0 beta 7 has been released to the public, and in addition to a handful of bug fixes and user interface improvements, the update brings about support for the iPhone 5s.

The beta has actually been out for almost two weeks now, but due to complications with the 64-bit A7 processor, it has thus far been limited to older devices. That changes today though, and now 5s users can finally enjoy the biteSMS app on iOS 7… Read More


Here’s what biteSMS running on iOS 7 looks like on video

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 27, 2013

biteSMS is without a doubt one of the biggest jailbreak apps of all time. I mean, even Sebastien raves about it, and we all know how picky he is when it comes to installing things on his iPhone.

As Joe pointed out earlier, biteSMS 8.0 beta is here for you to test out with your jailbroken iOS 7 device. Although it is a bit buggy—which it should be considering it’s a beta—I couldn’t wait. I’ve installed it, and I recorded a short video showing off how beautiful the app looks on iOS 7. Take a look inside to see what I mean. Read More


BiteSMS beta now available for iOS 7 [update]

By Joe Rossignol on Dec 27, 2013

Good news for BiteSMS fans: an update to the popular jailbreak tweak for messaging has arrived a day earlier than anticipated. BiteSMS beta 8.0 for iOS 7 is now available on Cydia. One of the most popular alternative messaging solutions for iPhone users, biteSMS packs an impressive features list: quick reply, quick compose, scheduled messages, auto-forward, auto-retry, passcode lock, enhanced privacy, quick access to emoticons, signatures and more…  Read More


BiteSMS beta 8.0 for iOS 7 is a work-in-progress

By Joe Rossignol on Dec 25, 2013

While the wait continues for an updated version of MobileSubstrate, following the unexpected release of an iOS 7 jailbreak, the developers of biteSMS are moving ahead with an updated version of the popular jailbreak tweak for iOS 7. BiteSMS beta release 8.0 remains a work-in-progress, and should be seeded to the public in the coming days.

An official post on the biteSMS forums reads: Read More


biteSMS’ new Quick Compose widget is here

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2013

Well, it’s not exactly what we were expecting, but it’s still pretty intriguing. biteSMS version 7.6.1 is here, and it brings with it a new Quick Compose widget, that, for a time, was referred to as Text Heads.

It’s a far cry from the Facebook Home inspired Chat Heads tweak brought to us recently by Adam Bell, but it’ll no doubt still be a welcomed feature for hardcore bite fans. Read More


BiteSMS updated with big performance improvements and bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2013

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… Read More


Text Heads are coming to biteSMS [Updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 28, 2013

A new feature is coming to what is arguably the best text messaging app for iOS. If you listened to our previous episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, then you already have a good idea what it is. On the podcast, I speculated about what big new feature could be coming to biteSMS after its developer hinted about a brand new addition. My guess was Text Heads.

Today, we can confirm that, indeed, Facebook inspired “Text Heads” are coming to biteSMS. After a few hints, the confirmation came straight from the horse’s mouth. Read More


‘Messages’ lets you compose and reply to messages from anywhere in iOS

By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2013

Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the only people in the world that doesn’t use biteSMS. Don’t get me wrong, I really like some of the tweak’s features, like quick reply and compose. But in my experience, it’s not very stable and tends to clash with the stock Messages app.

That being said, you can understand my excitement when I saw ‘Messages’ pop up in my Cydia stream today. The new jailbreak tweak, by Ma Jun (the creator of Bulletin), offers up biteSMS-like quick compose and reply features, without all of the extra biteSMS fluff… Read More


How to get the new LastPic tweak to work with biteSMS

By Cody Lee on Apr 4, 2013

Last month, Filippo Bigarella released a handy little tweak called LastPic. For those who missed it, LastPic lets you quickly add the last photo you took to an iMessage conversation, similar to the Tweetbot function.

Unfortunately, the tweak is only compatible with the iMessage app. But luckily we’ve discovered a simple hack that allows you to use it with the popular jailbreak app biteSMS. And yes, we’ve got a tutorial for you… Read More


Quick Reply for Viber now available in Cydia

By Mike Schnier on Feb 5, 2013

Are you a fan of the BiteSMS jailbreak tweak, but prefer using services other than iMessage or SMS to send texts to your friends? Back in June, Delicious Inc. released Quick Reply for WhatsApp; which essentially brought BiteSMS’s quick reply pane to WhatsApp’s notifications. Today, on the heels of the release of the evasi0n jailbreak, the developers behind BiteSMS bring a similar tweak to Viber in iOS 5 and iOS 6.

Viber is another cross platform messaging app that allows users to make free calls, as well as send texts and photos. The original app works between iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia, and Bada. It’s a free alternative platform that is compatible with every major smartphone on the market. Viber is growing in popularity, so it’s ripe for a jailbreak tweak of its own… Read More


BiteSMS update hits Cydia with new features (and new temporary price tag)

By Sébastien Page on Aug 20, 2012

I have a love/hate relationship with BiteSMS. On the on hand, it’s my most used application and I can’t seem to find a decent replacement that offers as many features, but on the other hand, it’s the only application that sometimes often causes my iPhone to crash.

I’ve tried to replace it many times but I always come back to it simply because its feature list has been unmatched so far. Today, BiteSMS gets that much better with version 6.3 now available in CydiaRead More


biteSMS updated with new theme options and bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2012

Those of you who have been around the jailbreak community for a while should be extremely familiar with biteSMS. The Messages app replacement has been around since the early days of iPhone hacking.

The app was updated today, bringing it to version 6.3.10 (or beta 10). The update features some new theming options, as well as several improvements and bug fixes. Full change log after the break… Read More


BiteSMS-maker releases new WhatsApp quick reply tweak

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2012

Jailbreakers who use the popular WhatsApp messenger will be happy to hear that Delicious, the folks behind biteSMS, have just released a handy new tweak for the client.

Quick Reply for WhatsApp hit Cydia today. And as you may have guessed, it enables you to quickly reply to incoming WhatsApp messages from anywhere in iOS… Read More


biteSMS 6.0 Featuring iOS 5 Compatibility Officially Released

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2011

It’s finally here. After what seemed like an infinite beta test, biteSMS 6.0 has hit Cydia for public download.

With it comes all of the features you’ve come to know and love, plus a few surprises and UI enhancements. Best of all, it’s a free download if you’ve purchased an older version of biteSMS. Check out our video coverage inside…

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biteSMS Adds New Quick Compose Feature in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 15, 2011

The latest version of biteSMS is shaping up to be something special. The team has worked hard for months, issuing beta after beta to get version 6 of our favorite jailbreak messaging client just right for iOS 5.

We already covered some of biteSMS’ upcoming new features before, but this time around we’re focusing exclusively on one feature in particular — quick compose from Notification Center.

IntelliScreenX has it, and now the biteSMS team has it as well. Check inside for a full video walkthrough of the new quick compose elements of biteSMS… Read More


How to Install the biteSMS Beta on iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2011

It’s no secret that I consider biteSMS to be an absolute iPhone staple; it’s among the first apps that I install after jailbreaking my iPhone.

For those of you who, like me, decide to jailbreak your iOS 5 installation, you’ll find that the public version of biteSMS crashes upon launch.

Fortunately, the biteSMS team has produced a beta version of their popular SMS app that works great on iOS 5. Check inside for the full details on how to score it for yourself… Read More

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