For quite some time, both the major SMS clients from Cydia, biteSMS and iRealSMS, have had open betas for extensive testing on iOS 5. Although many of us may not realize this, Apple really did a number on these clients with the numerous changes in the background; especially when it comes to the Notification Center. Thankfully, on the side of iRealSMS, testing has proved beneficial enough for the SpiritOfLogic (@iRealSMS) to release a public iOS 5 build for iRealSMS.
Users that have iRealSMS and use it frequently already (at least on 4.x. or when you used to use it now that you're on iOS 5) will be glad to know that most of the staple features from 4.x have been brought to iOS 5. This public release in regards to iOS 4 and below users is not applicable. I spoke with Christian Heusinger, the developer behind iRealSMS, to see how he could best describe what this build of iRealSMS has to offer:
Originally Posted by Christian Heusinger;
- iRealSMS fully supports iOS 5 (full integration with Notification Center)
- Tons of stability fixes and performance enhancements
- More updates are coming soon to add new features or fix existing ones from prior versions
You may remember from Christian's overview of the update that iRealSMS replaces the Messages application unless the MS plugin is disabled. Basically, this means that if you have the MS plugin enabled, the iRealSMS application will replace the default Messages application and you won't be able to use it. For some of you, this is OK because you use the iRealSMS application exclusively, but there may be a few of us that want to have our Messages application back and just use the iRealSMS functionality.
If you wish to have your default Messages application back, here are the steps to disable the MS plugin:
- Have SBSettings installed on your device
- From SBSettings, go More --> Mobile Substrate Addons and switch iRealSMS OFF.
To go even more native and stock looking, follow this guide:
- Go iRealSMS --> Settings --> Basic and UI Settings --> UI Tabbar Toggle
- Set UI Tabbar Toggle to ON
- Now, when you're in a Conversation view, simply hit the top bar to hide the tab bar. This will make it look like the natives Messages application
- Tap again on the top bar to unhide the tab bar and bring back full functionality
Since iRealSMS is now public, you can re-download it (if you've purchased it), buy it for $12.99, or upgrade from the beta or existing version.
UPDATE: Christian said that another update to further improve iRealSMS on iOS 5 is expected tonight.
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Source(s): Christian Heusinger