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Apple is testing new iMessage features internally, according to information obtained by MacRumors. While these features could potentially arrive as early as iOS 14, they could be held back until a later software update or perhaps never released.

For starters, there is a new Slack-like mention system that would allow users to tag other contacts with their name like @Joe or @jane. When you type the @ sign, a list of suggested contacts would appear. This would be particularly useful in busy group chat conversations, as it would be possible to enable the "Hide Alerts" setting and only receive push notifications when you are mentioned directly.

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Apple is also testing the ability to retract iMessages after sending them. Fine print visible to both the sender and recipients would indicate that a message has been retracted. It is unclear if there will be a time limit on retracting messages.

Other features in development include typing indicators in group chats, as already exists in one-on-one iMessage conversations; the ability to mark the last message of a conversation as unread after opening it; and an expansion of the "/me" command for sharing status updates, a feature that has been available on the Mac since the iChat days.

Last year, developer Steve Troughton-Smith uncovered evidence of Apple working on a Catalyst-based version of the Messages app for Mac in macOS Catalina code, and a lot of the features described above would be fitting for the desktop. This could make Messages for Mac a more viable team-based chat app rivaling Slack.


For emphasis, there is no guarantee that Apple plans to make all or any of these features available in iOS 14, but testing has taken place in recent months. Keep track of all of the features and changes expected in our iOS 14 roundup.

Article Link: Apple Testing New iMessage Features Such as Mentions and Retracting Messages, Could Extend to Mac App
 
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cesarbm

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iMessage is missing a great feature that WhatsApp and Telegram do have that is reply to a specific chat message. Very useful in group chats when the conversation has carried on and one wants to reply to an specific comment. For years I have been expecting Apple to add this feature, but nothing.
 

Mr. Heckles

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These messengers happen to be also superior to iMessage when it comes to features and reliability.
the other stuff, but not reliability. They all are poor at delivering, notification, and stuff.
iMessage is missing a great feature that WhatsApp and Telegram do have that is reply to a specific chat message. Very useful in group chats when the conversation has carried on and one wants to reply to an specific comment. For years I have been expecting Apple to add this feature, but nothing.
that is a cool feature

And also, since WhatsApp is Mark Zuckerberg’s pet, security, privacy, and trustworthiness. Oh wait....
And why I won’t use it.
 

Idec50

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Is there a way to search for words shared with a specific contact or within a date range? I wish we had that along with icloud.com usage.
 
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newyorksole

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Unfortunately, too little too late. That ship has sailed.
So many people have switched to platform-independent messengers like WhatsApp. These messengers happen to be also superior to iMessage when it comes to features and reliability.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t get WhatsApp message simultaneously on your iPhone, iMac, iPad and Watch, right?

That’s huge. Continuity and the ecosystem are important to people. WhatsApp is also now owned by Facebook which some people don’t like.

There are still tons of people who use iMessage and will continue to do so.
 

JGIGS

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And only one of my contacts doesn't use iMessage. These anecdotal games are fun.

Seriously though, there have been times when I wish I didn't hit send lol. A retract feature would be great.

Trust me you’re definitely the more rare situation. I don’t know anyone who exclusively uses iMessage. Single platform missing every useful group chat feature. No thanks
 

tooloud10

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t get WhatsApp message simultaneously on your iPhone, iMac, iPad and Watch, right?

That’s huge. Continuity and the ecosystem are important to people. WhatsApp is also now owned by Facebook which some people don’t like.

Granted, I have no use for WhatsApp—everyone I know uses iMessage—but that almost sounds unbelievable for a modern messaging app.
 

cmaier

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no no. Any other messaging app already kills iMessage. It’s at least 2 years behind most main stream messaging apps. This is playing catch up and still no mention of being able to quote messages. Yikes.
Improving is the best way to kill them. I prefer privacy and end to end encryption that actually works and hasn’t been compromised.
 

JGIGS

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t get WhatsApp message simultaneously on your iPhone, iMac, iPad and Watch, right?

That’s huge. Continuity and the ecosystem are important to people. WhatsApp is also now owned by Facebook which some people don’t like.

There are still tons of people who use iMessage and will continue to do so.

You can use a web app on the Mac and iPad. So ya you can. Just no stand alone app.
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Improving is the best way to kill them. I prefer privacy and end to end encryption that actually works and hasn’t been compromised.

Other apps are at least supposed to be encrypted. I honestly don’t believe Apple is as amazing a vault as most macrumors people seem to think it is either.
 

ipedro

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And also, since WhatsApp is Mark Zuckerberg’s pet, security, privacy, and trustworthiness. Oh wait....

My brother is on Android so he’s one of the few people I use WhatsApp with. I’m trying not to be paranoid but we were talking about a specific Sony camera in WhatsApp, and it took no longer than a few minutes for ads for that specific camera to appear in my Instagram feed.

I’m guessing that this is automated and might even be hidden from view outside of the Facebook ecosystem but I’m really not comfortable with Facebook snooping on keywords in my private chats. Not comfortable at all.

I’m on the verge of convincing my never-Apple brother to finally buying his first iPhone. 🤞🏼
 

swingerofbirch

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Oh dear . . . hearing the name of one of the best apps on the Mac and Catalyst in the same sentence is discouraging.

I don't care if I can't see the fireworks or whatever or use the iMessage App Store or whatever it is in Messages on the Mac.

It's still just like iChat to me but I can respond to iMessages and text messages which is great for me because I hate typing on phones. It works great. There aren't many Apple things I can say that about. It is very hard to imagine a Catalyst app being an improvement.

Edit: And for some reason getting text messages on Messages on the Mac is the one Continuity feature that always works. I don't know why. So much of the time Continuity doesn't work for me, but text messages (the non-iMessage SMS messages) always come through on the Mac.
 

danskin

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t get WhatsApp message simultaneously on your iPhone, iMac, iPad and Watch, right?

That’s huge. Continuity and the ecosystem are important to people. WhatsApp is also now owned by Facebook which some people don’t like.

There are still tons of people who use iMessage and will continue to do so.

That's why I prefer Telegram
 

Rogifan

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What’s with all the leaks this week? And all software. Embarrasing.
 
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