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

 

Apple’s created mockups of iMessage for Android, including one with pure Material Design

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

I was just reading a post titled “On iMessage’s Stickiness” from Apple pundit John Gruber, published last evening on his Daring Fireball blog, and stumbled upon an interesting passage alleging that Apple’s created several mockups of iMessage for Android.

One of the mockups of iMessage for Android reportedly looks like a carbon copy of its iOS counterpart, with another one based on Google’s Material Design guidelines.

“I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design,” reads the post. Read More

 

How to quickly create fun GIFs in iMessage using the Tumblr app

By Steffen Reich on Oct 24, 2016

The other day I made a rare visit to my iMessage App Store. Amongst a multitude of others, Tumblr, an App that never fully struck a chord with me, had add an iMessage app to my ‘Manage’ tab, silently begging for me to take it for a spin. I sighed and flicked the switch on, not knowing what to expect from the extension – and have not looked back since. Read More

 

TextCounter displays how many texts you’ve sent and received in the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 16, 2016

TextCounter is a new jailbreak tweak that can help put into perspective just how much you’re texting people.

It keeps track of how many sent and received messages you have in your Messages app and then shows them to you in various interfaces in the app. Read More

 

How to use iMessage Apps in iOS 10 Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch lets you spruce up your messaging game with stickers, emojireactions, bubble and screen effectsanimated expressions of your feelings and iMessage Apps for things like OpenTable reservations, Apple Music integration, animated GIF creation and more.

This tutorial details important things pertaining to third-party iMessage Apps, including finding and installing them in the App Store, organizing them on the Messages App Shelf, disabling those you seldom use and deleting ones you no longer need. Read More

 

Identifying songs inside iOS 10 Messages with Shazam’s new iMessage app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2016

Shazam, a music identification service that’s integrated into iOS (“Hey Siri, what song is this?”), recently celebrated a billionth download of its popular mobile app. Today, the company pushed a sweet little update to Shazam and Shazam Encore iOS apps in the App Store. Bumped to version 10.1, the refresh software packs in a brand new iMessage app with support for music detection within iOS 10’s stock Messages app, here’s how to use it. Read More

 

You can reduce motion and keep iMessage effects in iOS 10.1 beta

By Cody Lee on Oct 4, 2016

A handy improvement has been discovered in the first two betas of iOS 10.1: the ability to reduce motion while retaining the various iOS 10 iMessage features. It seems Apple has heard the complaints of users (me included) who like to turn off Parallax and other UI animations, but still want to be able to enjoy the new Messages app. Read More

 

How to send kisses, heartbeats, heartbreaks, taps, sketches, and fireballs on Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 4, 2016

If you own an Apple Watch, then there are several ways you can reply your new messages right from your wrist. You no longer have to reply with only words.

Starting with watchOS 3, you can take advantage of Digital Touch, which lets you send all kinds of custom animations right from your wrist with combinations of taps and gestures. Read More

 

Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $302.4 million in patent retrial

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2016

A jury has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to VirnetX Holding Corp over using its patented virtual private networking protocols in FaceTime and iMessage on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The case will now go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC before VirnetX sees any payout, Reuters and Bloomberg reported today. Read More

 

How to add reactions to the iMessages you receive

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 1, 2016

When someone sends you an iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, you can do way more than just reply to it; you can also send your reaction to the message, starting with iOS 10.

Sometimes there’s no better way to show someone how you feel about what they’ve said than with some sort of visual effect as opposed to simply saying something back, and that’s why Apple implemented this feature. Read More

 

Apple threatens pulling an app for pranking friends with stickers that mimic iMessage bubbles

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2016

Apple on Friday threatened to pull Phoneys, a 99-cent sticker pack which lets you prank friends by putting words in their mouth. The #1 Top Paid item in the Messages App Store, Phoneys employs a simple trick to make the illusion work: it provides stickers that look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles. Phoneys developer Adam Howell says Apple told him it would be pulling the app next Thursday unless it’s fundamentally changed so that the stickers looked nothing like iMessage bubbles. Read More

 

How to set up read receipts for specific conversations in the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 30, 2016

Beginning with iOS 10, you can now choose who gets to see when you’ve read their iMessages and who doesn’t, as the feature can be configured on a per conversation basis. Read More

 

Yes, Apple keeps a log of who you contact on iMessage for 30 days

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

A new report is out on Wednesday, claiming that Apple logs your iMessage contacts and may share them with police. The Intercept published the piece, along with an internal law enforcement document that shows Apple tracks information like IP addresses, phone numbers and time, and stores it for up to 30 days.

At first glance, the report can be a bit unsettling, conjuring thoughts like: “isn’t Apple always preaching about user privacy” and “I thought iMessage was one of the most secure messaging services, thanks to its end-to-end encryption.” But it doesn’t take much digging to realize this is likely much ado about nothing. Read More

 

How to use stickers in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, Messages allows you to tap to send stickers in a thread, adjust their size, rotate them or peel and place stickers on top of bubbles, other stickers and photos in your conversations. Anyone can create stickers without no coding experience and users can download them through the built-in Messages App Store.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to obtain, use and manage Messages stickers like a pro and spruce up your messaging game. Read More

 

Delete messages from the Lock screen & Notification Center with MadridDelete

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 22, 2016

MadridDelete is a new free jailbreak tweak that lets you easily delete SMS and iMessages from either the Lock screen or Notification Center, rather than having to be in the Messages app.

Although you can typically clear notifications and mark messages as read from these places, you have never actually been able to delete a message from the Lock screen or Notification Center until now. Read More

 

iMessage bubble and screen effects not working in iOS 10? Try this

By Sébastien Page on Sep 15, 2016

One of the flagship features of iOS 10 is the new pack of bubble and screen effects you can use to give some pop to your messages. If you’re anything like me and my wife, this is the first thing you tried after installing iOS 10. But if you’re anything like me and my wife, you might have also ran into some problems where one of the devices was able to send effects, but not receive them. Read More

 

This tweak hides the typing indicator from your iMessage recipients

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 15, 2016

One of the main features of iMessage lets you and your recipients know when the other person is typing. For some, this is a little unsettling and doesn’t give you the privacy you may want.

Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak called MessageTypingIndicator provides a way to turn this feature off. Read More

 

15 iMessage apps and sticker packs to download on iOS 10

By Cody Lee on Sep 13, 2016

One of the headlining features in the just-released iOS 10 update is the new Messages app. It now includes support for iMessage animations, sketches, enhanced emoji, and third-party apps and sticker packs.

As such, there has been a number of app updates and new releases today with a focus on the new iMessage platform. And we thought it’d be handy for our readers if we rounded up 15 of our favorite downloads.  Read More

 

Super Mario Run stickers now available on the iMessage App Store

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2016

Nintendo on Monday released its Super Mario Run sticker pack for iMessage. The company announced the move during its surprise appearance at Apple’s keynote last week, promising the stickers would be available on day 1 of the iOS 10 launch.

Folks running iOS 10 beta on their device can install the sticker pack for free via the iMessage App Store. Simply open the iMessage App Drawer, tap on the Store icon, and search for ‘Mario.’ The pack includes 12 fun Mario-themed sticker images. Read More

 

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

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 9, 2016

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. Read More

 
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