iOS lacks a quick composition and quick reply option for text messages and iMessages. There are multiple options in Cydia, like Messages+, biteSMS, iRealSMS, and now thereís another new option called Messages
by iOS developer Ma Jun.
As shown above, the tweak's message composition interface comes with a very minimalistic appearance that resembles the actual Messages application. In reality, this is actually just a sheet interface that appears and disappears dynamically when you call for it. The tweak lets you pick between a stock blue interface appearance, or a snazzy black interface appearance. The interface above is called via either an Activator action or a QuickDo action.
Should the user want to quickly reply to an incoming text message or iMessage, they can just tap on the notification banner to bring up the quick reply interface. Notably, the quick reply interface uses the same color setting that the user picks for the quick composition interface:
The messaging interface includes all of the features necessary to initiate a FaceTime call, initiate a phone call, add the sender to a new or existing contact, and display when the sender is typing (iMessage).
Messages adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where its options can be configured to the userís liking. The first option allows the user to choose between the blue or black interface. Below this, the user can configure their Activator or QuickDo action for opening the quick composition interface:
Additional options include enabling and disabling the quick reply feature on demand, hiding and showing the keyboard for the quick reply on demand, and setting the limit to load (loading earlier messages in the conversation) between 1 and 10.
Messages is a paid Cydia package, setting the user back $3.99 to secure their copy; however, it comes with a 3-day fully-featured free trial that users can take advantage of to see if the tweak is for them. Messages is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as long as the user is running iOS 6.0 or later.
Overall, the tweak is very solid and is sure to appeal to minimalists that are trying to keep the stock, Apple-looking feel. On the other hand, there are definitely more fully featured options out there to choose from. If you're looking for a simple quick compose and quick reply option for iOS, this will fit your basic needs.
$3.99 (3-day free trial)