Discreetify9 lets you filter your notifications based on keywords

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 4, 2016

A jailbreak tweak called Discreetify9 lets you filter your incoming notifications based on certain keywords so important notifications are never read by those whom they’re not intended for. Read More

 

App Store Review Guidelines updated with details on subscriptions, SiriKit and iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

In addition to beefing up App Store quality control by removing poorly maintained apps and those with 50+ characters in their name starting September 7, Apple also updated the official App Store Review Guidelines with details on app subscriptions, SiriKit and downloadable iMessage content. “As you plan and develop your apps for the upcoming releases of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS and tvOS, make sure to read these updated guidelines,” writes Apple. Read More

 

How to send texts and iMessages from Windows [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 29, 2016

If you’ve got a Mac, then you can easily send iMessages and SMS messages from the Messages app that’s baked into your operating system.

Windows users don’t have such a luxury. Remote Messages Client, a brand-new third-party desktop client, could change that. Read More

 

Phone++ now available for iOS 9, supercharges your Phone app

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 27, 2016

If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, then it’s time to supercharge that stock calling app with a new jailbreak tweak called Phone++.

In this review, we’ll show you how Phone++ can improve access to your contacts from your favorite social apps and make your life easier. Read More

 

MessageMarkdown enables text markdown features in the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 11, 2016

Those of you that are looking for a little more depth in your text messages may be interested in checking out a new free jailbreak tweak called MessageMarkdown.

With this tweak, you can enable basic text markdown features in your Messages app, and we’ll talk about how it works in this review. Read More

 

Tip: create custom vibrations for messages and phone calls on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 6, 2016

Your iPhone is probably your number one tool for communication between yourself and your friends or family, but out of the box, every vibration you get from a text message, whether it’s an SMS or iMessage, or a phone call, vibrates exactly the same way.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can create a custom vibration on your iPhone and assign it to any contact(s) you may have. Read More

 

iPhone 101: enabling the character counter for SMS messages on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 20, 2016

Unlike iMessage, the SMS messages you send on your iPhone are regulated by your carrier and have a character limit of 160 characters.

We’ll be showing you in this tutorial how you can turn on a character counter in your iPhone’s Messages app so you can have a better idea of the length of the SMS messages you’re sending. Read More

 

Apple executive explains why iMessage isn’t on other platforms

By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2016

In a broad reflective piece on Apple’s WWDC keynote, noted tech journalist Walt Mossberg made some interesting comments regarding a recent rumor that Apple was considering bringing its iMessage service to Android. Turns out that isn’t happening, and won’t be in the near future.

Speaking to a “senior Apple executive,” Mossberg says Apple is happy with the 1 billion+ active devices it currently caters to, so it doesn’t feel an immediate need to grow its user base by expanding to other platforms. It also still considers its iMessage service a major iOS-exclusive feature. Read More

 

Watch cool new iOS 10 Messages features in a video Apple ran during WWDC keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

A supercharged Messages is definitely my killer app in iOS 10. Not only does it catch up to other messaging apps with perks like downloadable stickers, it actually leapfrogs them with cool new stuff such as full screen animations, chat bubbles that animate in specific ways to better convey your emotions, support for sketching and the Apple Watch’s Digital Touch feature and what not.

In fact, Messages in iOS 10 is so jam-packed with improvements that Apple ran a cool video during the keynote showing them off. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple will introduce iMessage for Android at WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Apple is planning to bring its encrypted messaging service iMessage to Android, reports MacDailyNews. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the site says that the company plans to announce the move at its WWDC keynote next week.

If true—and that’s a big if—the move would push Apple further into the messaging space as it tries to grow its ‘Services’ category on the back of dwindling iPhone sales. Note that the Cupertino firm already offers Apple Music on Android. Read More

 

Mark Gurman shares more details about upcoming WWDC announcements, new iPhones, and more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 4, 2016

While in between two jobs, reporter Mark Gurman appeared on the latest episode of The Jay & Farhad Show podcast, where he shared more details about what we might see at WWDC this year, including new iOS features and design tweaks. Gurman also revealed more information about this year and next year’s iPhone models.

While most of Gurman details were already known or rumored for a while, he did also offer information about features we hadn’t heard of until now. Read More

 

New jailbreak tweak enables sending text messages via Pebble

By Anthony Bouchard on May 28, 2016

Those who are using a Pebble smartwatch rather than Apple’s own Apple Watch as an accessory for their iPhone are limited in features, but with a new jailbreak tweak dubbed TextSender for Pebble, there is at least some hope for extended functionality.

TextSender for Pebble will, as the name implies, allow those with a Pebble smartwatch to send text messages from their watch via their 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

 

How and why to report spammy iMessages to Apple

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

Sometimes your contact information ends up where you don’t want it, and you end up with annoying spam iMessages from people, companies, or bots that try to scam you or steal personal information.

Fortunately, Apple’s iMessage service comes with an abuse report feature that you can use to report senders who are misusing the iMessage platform and making it a less enjoyable thing to use.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how and why you should be reporting iMessages that seem spammy. Read More

 

Bring organization to your SMS & iMessage conversations with Message Groups [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 14, 2016

Message Groups is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to give you more organization in your Messages app, especially if you’re like the developer and have many conversations going on at once, as shown above.

With this tweak, you can add and manage your own custom groups in the Messages app, making it easy to filter through certain contacts or conversations, and as a result, making it quicker and easier to text in general.

In this review, we’ll talk about Message Groups and how it can help you. Read More

 

How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 2, 2016

Whenever you want to save a block of important text to your Mac, you probably copy and paste it into the Notes app or into a text editor to save it as a text document. But, did you know you could save any body of text on your Mac as a spoken iTunes track instead?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any highlighted body of text into a spoken iTunes audio track.

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Tip: how to add a new email to your iMessage account in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 29, 2016

iMessage, one of the most popular features on the iPhone, allows you to keep in touch with your friends, family and co-workers whether you have a cellular connection or connected to WI-Fi. iMessage uses iCloud to stay spread out across all of your iOS devices and Macs, and utilizes not only your primary iPhone number, but also your email address(es).

You can manage what email addresses are allowed to be used for iMessage, and you can even add or remove email addresses that you can use for sending and receiving message.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can add another email address to iMessage. Read More

 

iOS tip: changing the email address your iMessages are sent from

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 28, 2016

iMessage lets you keep in touch with other iOS and OS X users, and it ties together your Apple ID with your preferred email address and your iPhone phone number.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can control what phone number or email address the other person you’re texting can see, then you may be interested in learning how to set the default email address your iMessages get sent from on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover just that, and we’ll also talk about some scenarios where doing this is very important. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s cool new environment video: it’s all about iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2016

Apple yesterday published a cool new video on its YouTube channel that does a very good job explaining to the general public, in layman’s terms, its renewable energy strides.

The 45-second clip is all about iMessage, Apple’s own messaging service that’s built right into the stock Messages application on iOS and OS X.

With an average of tens of billions of iMessages hitting Apple’s data centers on any given day, the Cupertino firm wanted to make it clear that the impact on our environment is negligible because Apple’s servers run on 100 percent renewable energy. Read More

 

Bookmark specific SMS or iMessage messages with SmsSave

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 11, 2016

Every so often you send or receive a cherishable or important message in the Messages app on your iPhone, whether by SMS or iMessage. In some cases, it would be really nice if iOS offered a way for you to boak ark those messages so you could look back on them more easily later on.

A new free jailbreak tweak called SmsSave is available in Cydia and gives you the power to bookmark messages right inside of the Messages app on your iOS device. We’re going to show you in this review how it’s used and talk about why it’s going to be helpful. Read More