Apple added quick reply functionality for the Messages application to OS X Mavericks, so it's a shame they didn't do something similar for the Messages application in iOS. Fortunately, for those that jailbreak, there are always options.
iOS developer Bensge and graphic Designer Surenix have just released auki
, a new jailbreak tweak that brings quick reply, quick compose, and other new features to the Messages application in iOS 7. The auki jailbreak tweak was announced yesterday at WWJC 2014
Shown above, you can see what auki looks like. You can access the quick compose interface by opening Notification Center and dragging down below the line that is underneath the tabs. The quick compose interface has a field for entering a contact's name, a field for entering your message, an image picker, and buttons for closing the interface, opening the conversation in the Messages application, and sending the message that you type. If your contact has a contact photo, it will be shown in the interface as well.
To begin using the tweak, you can begin typing someone's name, and a list of result will appear. Each result may have a different e-mail address or phone number, so make sure you look at them to make sure you pick the correct one. Blue color indicates that it will send an iMessage, and green color indicates that it will send a text message. Tapping on one will make sure your message goes to that address or phone number:
If you don't want to use Notification Center to open auki, you can assign the tweak an Activator action instead. If you have Activator installed, you can go to the Activator preferences pane and choose an Activator action that will open the quick compose interface instead:
Notably, auki also includes quick reply functionality, which means when someone text messages or iMessages you, you can reply to them without having to open the Messages application. When you receive an incoming message from someone, you'll see a new reply button on the right side of the banner. Tapping on that button will open the auki quick reply interface so you can send a reply message to that contact:
This interface includes a message preview of what the contact said to you, as well as buttons for cancelling the quick reply, opening the conversation in the Messages application, and sending your reply to that person. Like the quick compose interface, the quick reply interface also shows a contact photo for whoever it may be that you're messaging, but you'll also notice that underneath the name, the e-mail address or phone number of the person you're messaging appears so you know what e-mail or phone number you're replying to – this is handy if the person you're messaging has multiple contact entries in your device.
The last major feature you're going to find is that auki adds a new silent and stealth mode to your Messages application. With this feature, you can swipe right on a contact, and instead of just a delete button, you will find a delete button and a silence button. When you tap on the silence button, you will notice that the message conversation gets grayed out. When the conversation is in silent mode, you won't receive any notifications from that specific conversation, which is handy for avoiding specific people who are annoying you. Also, while you're in silent mode with someone, you also go into what's called stealth mode, so if you have read receipts enabled, they will be disabled for whatever contact(s) you have in silent mode, so they'll never even know you read their messages:
You will also notice that auki adds contact pictures to the Messages application too. The tweak also supports videos, photos, GIFs, landscape mode, group messages, and more.
iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 7.0-7.0.6 are welcome to head over to Cydia and grab auki for $3.99. It's not iPad compatible. Also, if you're using biteSMS or Messages+, they're not compatible, so they will be uninstalled if you install auki. We are very impressed with the aesthetics and implementation of auki, so be sure to give it a try and let us know what you think.
iOS 7.0-7.0.6, iPhone or iPod touch
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
Bensge and Surenix