John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss blocking unwanted messages on your Mac, and some private alternatives to the iOS apps Apple gives you.
Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s (lacking) Messages app and what rumors say could make it an Apple-level product in iOS 14.
Book retailer Barnes and Noble has added Apple Business Chat. This lets Apple customers connect to businesses through iMessage.
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss some hints for iMessage in iOS 13, and we start talking Catalina prep.
Gone are the days of manually adding photos to contacts. Instead use the iOS 13 feature to add an iMessage name and photo.
In iOS 13 you can use Animoji and Memoji camera effects in iMessage and FaceTime. Here’s where to find the setting.
Andy Greenberg writes about security problems in iMessage and Safari, saying that these products make iPhone less secure.
“If you want to compromise an iPhone, these are the best ways to do it,” says independent security researcher Linus Henze of the two apps…He and other iOS researchers argue that when it comes to the security of both iMessage and WebKit—the browser engine that serves as the foundation not just of Safari but all iOS browsers—iOS suffers from Apple’s preference for its own code above that of other companies.
Apple is in a tough position. If a company isn’t great at security, they could get a third-party to audit its software. But that would create a huge target.
The iPhone is the most popular device with Gen Z, the generation coming after millennials. Specifically, teens these days use iPhones so that no one is left out of iMessage group chats. Business Insider also found that iPhone ownership has created a “culture of multitasking” which I agree with, but I don’t think it’s limited to iPhones.
Some experts blame the rise of smartphones — and especially the iPhone — for fueling a pervasive culture of multitasking. Teens who spoke with Business Insider said they recognized that multitasking was not efficient. “It doesn’t really work out that well,” Jimenez said, acknowledging that she does it anyway. Experts say that trying to process two or more things at once may not even really be possible.
Ever get a beachball in Messages on your Mac? Want to re-arrange your CarPlay icons? Need an easy way to find files on your Mac, but the Finder’s not cutting it? These are just a few of the ways John and Dave start Mac Geek Gab this week, and then it’s time to dive into the harder questions! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!
Apple dropped iOS 12.3.1 today with bug fixes for VoLTE and the Messages app.
iMessage is the Apple social network. It might not be a Facebook killer, but it fares better than Ping and Apple Music Connect.
Will Marzipan be locked to the Mac App Store, and what effect will it have on the Mac experience? Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss this, as well as the idea that iMessage is slowly backing its way to being Apple’s first successful social media play. They cap the show with a look at recent WWDC spoilers.
Apple Support version 3.1, updated today, adds iMessage integration into the app for customers in the United States.
Apple says that this feature is limited to the United States and is available for select topics only. Today’s update also introduces an improved experience for scheduling reservations at the Genius Bar and Authorized Service Providers, and it includes other unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.
In the latest iOS 12.2 beta Apple has improved audio message quality by switching to a different codec for files.
Details on the improvement in audio quality were shared on Twitter this morning, and we confirmed the change on our own devices. Apple previously used the .AMR file format for its audio messages, but in the beta, has swapped over to .CAF.
The Opus codec, coming in a 24000 Hz, is a big increase from the old AMR codec at 8000 Hz. Opus is used by other messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram, and WebRTC.
Michael Grothaus argues that it’s the perfect time for Android iMessage thanks to Facebook’s plans to unify its messaging apps.
The iPhone maker’s messaging app is widely regarded as one of the best messaging apps ever, thanks to its clean, simple design, its ability to send and receive both encrypted iMessages and regular SMS text messages in the same interface, and its end-to-end encryption.
It’s not the first time this has been suggested, but I think Android iMessage would be great for users. We need an end-to-end encrypted messaging app from a company with a better track record than Facebook.
RCS is a technology touted as the replacement for SMS. It will bring rich, iMessage-like features to texting, and major carriers support it. And it sounds like Apple is interested.
According to the purported slide from the conference, Apple has “engaged in discussions with the GSMA and Operators about including RCS in iOS.” This is inherently vague and doesn’t offer too many details about the extent to which Apple is involved, but the pitch seems to center on three things.
I find it unfortunate that RCS seems to only support encryption during transport, and not end-to-end encryption. Governments around the world would probably not let end-to-end encryption become so widespread.
In an earnings call on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that iMessage is the biggest competitor to Facebook Messenger.
Business Chat is Apple’s take on chat bots like those found in Facebook Messenger. But Facebook can’t match Apple’s iMessage encryption.
Kévin Eugène is back with an iMessage concept. I’ve shared his previous design concepts before, and his latest one involves redesigning social interactions in Apple’s Messages app. By using Screen Time in iOS 12, Mr. Eugène noticed how much he spent messaging people, and he wanted to improve the experience. A new feature is called Chatroom, and it’s meant to “bridge the gap between digital and real world interactions.” It makes iMessage apps more powerful, and lets people experience digital things like they would in the physical world. For example, when you send a video to a friend using YouTube’s iMessage app, it shows an indicator when the person watches it. Then, you can tap on the video to watch it together inside of the Chatroom, where you can discuss the video.
You have questions, Dave and John have answers. Today’s topics include malfunctioning AirPods, setting Apple Pay addresses, restoring a Recovery Partition, email and iMessage encryption, and much, much more. Download, press play, enjoy, and learn!