Quick reply for text messaging is something that iOS lacks. There have been many attempts in the past to make text messaging faster and more efficient, like biteSMS and Messages+
, but they generally come with large price tags attached. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed ImmediateSend
by iOS developer snakeninny allows us quickly reply to text messages without ever leaving the interface you’re in.
As shown above, when you receive a text message banner notification from someone, you can tap on it to bring up a dialog box that lets you input a message, and choose to send it as an SMS or as an iMessage. The dialog box includes a cancel button for closing the dialog box, and a go to SMS button for launching the Messages application so you can see the whole conversation if you want to.
Since the tweak uses a dialog box as the middle-man for sending messages, iOS won’t drag you into the Messages application and you can quickly and easily get back to what you were doing without having to change between applications after you send your message.
ImmediateSend also integrates with the ‘Send Message’ button in the Contacts, Messages, and Phone applications under each individual contact. When you tap on the button, you will get the same dialog box as above instead of the Messages application launching. ImmediateSend will even allow you to tap on notifications in Notification Center as a way to launch the dialog box and reply to a contact that has text messaged you. Lock Screen Notifications are also included in the functionality.
Another great feature of the tweak is that ImmediateSend will send iMessages whenever possible. In addition, any messages that you reply to with ImmediateSend will be marked read as if you had went into the Messages application and read the message.
ImmediateSend doesn’t come with any options to configure apart from enabling and disabling the tweak. The tweak also requires an iPhone and you must be on iOS 5.
For the small 99¢ price tag, the ability to quickly send a reply message out without the time-consuming application switching is very useful. If you feel like it’s cumbersome switching between applications to have a conversation with someone while you're in the middle of trying to do something, then check this tweak out!
iPhone, iOS 5