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  • 'auki' is the Best Looking Quick Reply/Quick Compose Tweak We've Seen for iOS 7


    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.

    Name: auki
    Price: $3.99
    Version: 1.0.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6, iPhone or iPod touch
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Bensge and Surenix
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'auki' is the Best Quick Reply/Quick Compose Tweak We've Ever Seen for iOS 7 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Looks like the next thing Apple will do with their stock Messages app is find a way to copy this. It should have been there all along. This certainly looks nice.

      As for me, I hate the way Messages looks, too... white... so I'm sticking with biteSMS, the only reason I have to jailbreak.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Needs:

      Auto close NC when text is sent.
      Auto dim the lockscreen when message sent
      A way to dismiss on lock screen without having to open NC, the app, etc.
      Have the most recent or at least the last person texted automatically populated

      Back to BiteSMS...

      Very nicely done though...what works works very well...just missing some basic features to make it a deal breaker.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Yes, Apple needs to update many standard apps with enhancements. I do like what I see here. iOS 8 will be interesting indeed.
    1. ryanDC's Avatar
      ryanDC -
      Could bitesms be modified to work similar to how auki works? E.g pull down nc centre?
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      I like it but the way you need to go about for activating is a giant nuisance in my opinion and kills the tweak overall. Especially at its hefty price tag.
    1. milder's Avatar
      milder -
      BiteSMS has been around longer, has more features, and should be lauded over this.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Features wise, I'll go with BiteSms
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Auki can't even come near bitesms,I know it's because the developer of auki is very well liked/known and that's why people are going gaga over it
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jj2345 View Post
      Auki can't even come near bitesms,I know it's because the developer of auki is very well liked/known and that's why people are going gaga over it
      Agreed! Who cares if it's from Surenix, or even Saurik!!! If it's inferior-it's inferior...
    1. godfred212's Avatar
      godfred212 -
      Sticking to my bitesms one of the reason I jailbreak
    1. anmiller07's Avatar
      anmiller07 -
      One of my favorite things about BiteSMS that's missing here is the pulldown conversation history. That comes in really handy. I'd like to see that implemented here, but still, I will stay with Bite for now.
    1. Jozelito617's Avatar
      Jozelito617 -
      Bitesms is the god of the goddes..
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      This is really more for people who don't want those nuisance ads with bite or the RIDICULOUS price to remove JUST the ads. So this really is a decent alternative. But I have Intelliscreen X for that.
    1. Nsomnia34's Avatar
      Nsomnia34 -
      My quick reply isnt working, anyone know why??
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      This is really more for people who don't want those nuisance ads with bite or the RIDICULOUS price to remove JUST the ads. So this really is a decent alternative. But I have Intelliscreen X for that.
      Are you using JellyLock? I just uninstalled Messages+ (didn't even bother w/ ISX) because it broke JellyLock's functionality
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      For those who have downloaded it ... have you noticed that when someone sends you a text it only takes up about half of the screen ... like 15 characters before is starts a new line making it super annoying to read? And a side note; the texts I send are more normal in size.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jozelito617 View Post
      Bitesms is the god of the goddes..
      Amen to that!! Though this is a nice little texting app, it can't even begin to compare to Bite
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      So, price-wise this is $4 and biteSMS is $8. This is QR/QC only, biteSMS has an actual app as well that you can text from and read conversations in. Bite is customizable, including the UI. This, apparently not. And for the poster who remarked that the biteSMS price is "ridiculous" "just to remove the ads," well, you can obviously use biteSMS for free if you like, or pay 8 bucks for a lifetime license "just to remove the ads" or, in my case, to support the developer as well. I've been using it since my first iPhone 3, then a 3G, then a 4, and now a 5S. Same 8 bucks. Not really ridiculous when looked at that way (think how many other apps you had that needed to be upgraded for more money as iPhones and iOS's have progressed). BiteSMS has had constant updates over many years and iOS iterations, and a functioning beta program to test new versions. I think auki is very nice, but it really is just an extension of the stock Messages app (and one that Apple should have included years ago- shame, Apple, no ability to reply to texts from the Lockscreen). BiteSMS is a messaging app with all of the bells and whistles anyone could possibly want. Eight bucks seems pretty realistic to me. It actually seems like a pretty good deal.
    1. hemptation's Avatar
      hemptation -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      So, price-wise this is $4 and biteSMS is $8. This is QR/QC only, biteSMS has an actual app as well that you can text from and read conversations in. Bite is customizable, including the UI. This, apparently not. And for the poster who remarked that the biteSMS price is "ridiculous" "just to remove the ads," well, you can obviously use biteSMS for free if you like, or pay 8 bucks for a lifetime license "just to remove the ads" or, in my case, to support the developer as well. I've been using it since my first iPhone 3, then a 3G, then a 4, and now a 5S. Same 8 bucks. Not really ridiculous when looked at that way (think how many other apps you had that needed to be upgraded for more money as iPhones and iOS's have progressed). BiteSMS has had constant updates over many years and iOS iterations, and a functioning beta program to test new versions. I think auki is very nice, but it really is just an extension of the stock Messages app (and one that Apple should have included years ago- shame, Apple, no ability to reply to texts from the Lockscreen). BiteSMS is a messaging app with all of the bells and whistles anyone could possibly want. Eight bucks seems pretty realistic to me. It actually seems like a pretty good deal.
      Sorry to quote a long post. But you are on the money my bro. I have had bite since iPhone 3G as well. But I buy it everytime I upgrade my phone. To help the dev a little more. Because this is a must have app/tweak in my book

      Seems to me surenix is jumping on the " last must have " tweak apple has not incorporated into the iOS. I always said , other than theming. That quick reply is a must have. Used to be SB settings. But control center smashed that
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      So, price-wise this is $4 and biteSMS is $8. This is QR/QC only, biteSMS has an actual app as well that you can text from and read conversations in. Bite is customizable, including the UI. This, apparently not. And for the poster who remarked that the biteSMS price is "ridiculous" "just to remove the ads," well, you can obviously use biteSMS for free if you like, or pay 8 bucks for a lifetime license "just to remove the ads" or, in my case, to support the developer as well. I've been using it since my first iPhone 3, then a 3G, then a 4, and now a 5S. Same 8 bucks. Not really ridiculous when looked at that way (think how many other apps you had that needed to be upgraded for more money as iPhones and iOS's have progressed). BiteSMS has had constant updates over many years and iOS iterations, and a functioning beta program to test new versions. I think auki is very nice, but it really is just an extension of the stock Messages app (and one that Apple should have included years ago- shame, Apple, no ability to reply to texts from the Lockscreen). BiteSMS is a messaging app with all of the bells and whistles anyone could possibly want. Eight bucks seems pretty realistic to me. It actually seems like a pretty good deal.
      Actually, bitesms is $8 per idevice according to the developer. You don't get to keep it. New idevice, new license and another $8. I know, I've had it on every device I've had, but it's money well spent each time.