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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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