Fantastical gains iOS 10 rich notifications, iMessage stickers, iPhone 7 haptics & more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Developer Flexibits today issued a major new update to its popular calendar and reminders app, Fantastical 2.8 for iPhone and iPad. Beginning with this version, the app no longer works on older iOS editions and now requires iOS 10 or later, developers have said Wednesday.

On iPhone 7/Plus, Fantastical now supports enhanced haptic feedback. They’ve also added a convenient sticker pack for iMessage that you can enable or disable manually in the Messages app. Read More

 

Littlemoji shrinks the large Emojis in the Messages app on iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Starting with iOS 10, Apple has super-sized all of the Emojis that you send and receive via iMessage whenever they’re used without any complementary text.

Because the Emoji experience on iOS 10 feels a lot more like Facebook Messenger’s sticker system now and not everyone’s on board with it, a new free jailbreak tweak called Littlemoji can be used to return them back to their pre-iOS 10 size. Read More

 

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