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Apple clueless on iMessage purgatory syndrome

Apple’s iMessage platform is great for heavy texters. Integrated deeply into the bowels of the operating system, iMessage simply disappears so normals are completely oblivious to the fact they’re actually using the system. When you start typing a recipient’s name in the stock Messages app in iOS or OS X, iMessage checks with Apple to see if a person has iMessage enabled.

If so, the chat bubble turns blue to indicate that the message will be sent as an iMessage, thereby bypassing your carrier’s SMS service. Problems arise when you switch to another smartphone platform only to discover that your phone number has not been removed from your Apple ID.

As a result, this could turn your phone number into a black hole for text messages…

Google Glass getting iPhone SMS alerts and agenda view later this week

If you’re among early adopters who dropped $1,500 for a Google Glass when Google for a single day opened up its Glass Explorer program to everyone, you’ll be delighted to learn that your pricey smart googles will soon be able to display notifications for incoming iPhone text messages in your field of vision.

In addition, a new Calendar card will also launch later this week, allowing you to interact with calendar items on your timeline.

Google’s recently upgraded its Glass software to Android KitKat, allowing them to “bring you faster updates” so these upcoming goodies are part of the new rapid development and roll-out process…

How to send group text messages on iPhone

We all know how to send an SMS or iMessage to a group of friends: open up the Messages application and type in the name of the contacts you want to include in this group message. This is fine if you want to send a text message to just a handful of contacts, but what if you want to send a message to 25 contacts for example? Adding each of them could be a time consuming process.

As always, the App Store can provide a solution to this problem. Today, we will show you how to text message a group of contacts on iPhone, in a quick and efficient manner. To do so, we’ll be using an application called Connect, a free download in the App Store. There are other applications that can streamline your group messaging, which we will list at the bottom of this post, but we’ll be using Connect as it is a free alternative that works really well for what we want to accomplish.

How to back up and restore Messages on a fresh iOS install

Backing up the iPhone has always been an interesting phenomenon. iTunes makes backing up your iOS device inherently easy, and iCloud, when you have enough space to store all of your files, makes it even simpler. Unfortunately, people still seem to have lots of questions about backing up their devices.

One of the main issues that makes backing up such a questionable process, is the way that backups are handled in the first place. For starters, backing up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is basically an all or nothing affair. It’s the clothes, the appliances and the kitchen sink, or it’s nothing.

One of the biggest questions that always seems to come up involves backing up and restoring just the SMS and iMessage messages found in the Messages app. Of course, you can perform a normal iTunes backup, and grab all of your messages and the kitchen sink as well, but that’s not a viable solution for everyone.

With that in mind, what do you do if you want to backup and restore only your text messages (iMessages and SMS messages) and keep everything else clean and fresh? Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t provide a way to do this with either iCloud backups or iTunes backups, but it can be done.

There are many reasons as to why you’d want to create a fresh backup and restore and maintain your messages. Perhaps you’d even like to transfer your messages to a separate device? Maybe you’d like to jailbreak a clean device before Apple kills the Evasi0n7 jailbreak, but you’d prefer to keep your messages in the process?

In this tutorial, we will show you how to backup your SMS messages and iMessages, no jailbreak required. We’ll also show you how to import these messages back to the same iPhone or a different one. Check inside as I walk you through the entire step-by-step process.

How to mark conversations in the Messages app as unread

Have you ever wanted to mark a conversation in the Messages app as read or unread, but eventually realized that there was no way to do so with stock iOS? I’ve certainly been there before. Perhaps the jailbreak community has come up with a good solution?

Unread is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to tap and hold on a message to mark it as unread. If the message is already unread, you can conversely tap and hold on it to make it read. The concept is certainly admirable, but I found that the tweak is not without issue. Check inside for the full rundown.

SMS Stats 2: monitor SMS statistics on a global and individual contact basis

I’ve never thought of myself as a big text messenger, but I was quite surprised to see how many text messages that I’ve sent and received over the life of my iPhone. As it turns out, I’ve sent and received a combined 17,000+ text messages—way more than I expected.

Chances are you’ll too be surprised when you see your text message statistics, and there’s a brand new jailbreak tweak called SMS Stats 2 that makes it super easy to view them.

The best way to customize the look of iOS 7’s Messages app

Messages Customiser [sic] is a brand new jailbreak tweak that just hit Cydia’s ModMyi repo, and it’s one of the, if not the best way to customize the stock Message app’s look on iOS 7. The most remarkable thing about Messages Customiser, besides the fact that it work great, is that its developer has made it available free of charge.

If you’re looking for a way to customize the look and feel of the stock Messages app, and you don’t want to break the bank in the process, then look no further my friends. Check past the break for the full video demonstration.

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

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.

How to receive SMS notifications when iDownloadBlog publishes an article

We have some pretty diehard fans. Quite a few of our readers boast about not being able to go to work until reading our news and jailbreak articles. Some have even mentioned adding our RSS feed to their SMS notification through IFTTT.

For those that don’t already know how to use the trigger-and-action service, we have a quick tutorial for creating an IFTTT recipe from both the website and the iOS app. This will allow you to receive SMS notifications every time an article is published on iDB…

Preview: Anemo

Anemo is an upcoming tweak that brings a sleek looking Quick Reply feature to the stock Messages app. The tweak, which has been in its conceptual stages for quite some time, is a collaboration between iOS developer, John Corbett, and renowned iOS designer, Sentry.

Anemo was initially featured by Sentry in its conceptual stages via a post on The Verge’s forums. Afterwards, it quickly rose to popularity, amassing over 200 comments from interested users.

Today, I was able to go hands-on with a real working beta copy of Anemo. What I found was a tweak that lived up to its initial concept laid out almost a year earlier. Check inside for my first hands-on demo with Anemo.

Preview: iRealSMS beta with iOS 7 inspired QuickReply

The developer of iRealSMS contacted us recently regarding a new upcoming feature to its popular Messages app alternative. iRealSMS 3.0.6 brings a new iOS 7 inspired QuickReply theme to the fold, and it looks pretty interesting. Once QuickReply makes its way to iOS via an iOS 7 jailbreak, we imagine that this is similar to how it’d look. What say you? Check out our brief video preview after the jump.

A closer look at Messages in iOS 7

Messaging is arguably one of the most oft-used features of mobile devices. And with folks overwhelmingly embracing services like WhatsApp, little wonder instant messaging has overtaken traditional SMS by volume. The October 2011 iMessage unveiling signaled an era of frictionless communication between Apple device owners, made convenient by blurring the line between SMS and IM.

iOS 7 elevates that experience by making it prettier while implementing a few evolutionary improvements. That said, the iOS 7 Messages app is nonetheless a pretty big departure from iOS 6. But don’t worry – iDB has you covered…