The Best Features From Messages App In iOS 8 [Video]

WWDC 2014 is over and the most important thing that iOS 8 is here and we already told you that Apple pushed out iOS 8 beta 1 to developers yesterday. Among the features Apple mentioned at the WWDC about iOS 8 is the new great change in the Messages app. Without a doubt, I believe that quick reply for Messages was by far the most wanted feature of iOS 8 for the majority of long-time users. It’s a feature that has been egregiously overlooked by Apple with seemingly little explanation.

Apple has finally brought quick reply feature to the messages app.

After installing the beta of iOS 8, one of the first things I’ve begun to play around with is the stock Message app, and of course, perhaps the most anticipated feature in iOS 8: quick reply.

Check everything about Messages app in this video:

iOS 8 is the first time we’ve been able to see Apple’s creative juices really go to work in the post-Forstall era. As such, we’re seeing a ton of brand new features that I’m sure the iOS engineers have been dying to show off for the longest time. Now that time is finally here.

Quick Reply

Quick Reply feature works in a great way as you expect it. If you've ever used Auki—the jailbreak tweak by Surenix and Benno, then you definitely know what to expect.

So how does Quick Reply work ? Simply slide down on an incoming banner notification. The background will blur, the interface will darken a bit, and you can send a new message reply or compose a new voice reply without having to open the full-fledged Messages app. Quick replies can also be sent from the Lock screen by means of a swipe gesture on the message notification.

Sending Recent Photos & Videos

You probably want to quickly send recent photos and videos that have been snapped. Now we have the ability, at least within iOS 8′s Messages app at least, to quickly insert recent photos and videos. Along with that, you can insert multiple photos or videos simultaneously.
Location Sharing

Among the features that Apple has added is the "Location Sharing" and you can call it a "security feature". Apple’s Find My Friends app just went on life support as soon as Apple unveiled the new location sharing features in the stock iOS 8 Messages app. 

The feature lets you to send messages with your current location/current time and day. 
Send Quick Photos/Videos & Voices

iOS 8 now includes two buttons that allow you to quickly compose and send video clips, photos, or sound bytes with a one-handed action. These new features are there to promote richer multimedia sharing via iMessage, and they do enrich the experience. More importantly, all of functions can be done with one hand, which promotes a certain ease of use and simplicity.

The final area that I want to talk about in this post is group message management. You can now rename group message conversations, mute conversations, and remove yourself from conversations you’ve been invited to. Whereas with iOS 6 and iOS 7, group messages were intrusive and annoying due to the lack of end user control, iOS 8 puts the control back into the users hands.

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