iOS isn’t perfect. It never has been, and it never will be. For years, the jailbreak scene has been the space where developers and engineers address its problems. Before iOS 7, we had tweaks like Auxo and SBSsettings for quick access toggles and multitasking. For messaging, BiteSMS has been one of the most popular downloads from Cydia for a long time. The prime reason for its existence is that it allows users to “quick reply” to messages without leaving apps. It doesn’t exactly feel like it’s coherently part of iOS, and that’s why building such a feature in to iOS is a much-needed addition.
Sam Beckett – over on his YouTube channel – has uploaded a concept showing exactly what he thinks the feature could and should look like as an integrated part of iOS. I’m genuinely impressed. Many concept designers go for the wild, wacky, colorful and flashy ideas. Sam has gone with a much more understated design that looks like it could be implemented without any major difficulty.
To begin with the message notification pops up at the top of the screen as it does currently, except it shows a “reply” option on the right edge. Tap it, and it takes you to a Notification Center-style page. Check out the video below:
Personally, I’d love to see this make it to reality. Whether it’s as a jailbreak tweak now or as an official feature in iOS 8. I don’t care. I just know I want it.
If you like it, be sure to send your appreciation over to Sam Beckett on Twitter: @samjohnbeck