Telegram 5 Gains In-App Notifications and Swift Code Rebuild for Faster Speeds

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Telegram received a major update today that includes new in-app notifications and a complete rewrite of the encrypted messaging app in Apple's Swift coding language, resulting in all-round faster performance and better energy efficiency.


    On the face of it, the Telegram 5.0 interface looks just like the previous version, but the developers say that rebuilding the app in Swift has made it "faster, sleeker and more battery-friendly," and has also removed a bunch of persistent bugs.

    The speed improvements should be immediately noticeable, particularly when viewing animations in chat threads and syncing messages across multiple devices. At the same time, the new in-app notifications allow users to keep on top of new messages without leaving conversations. From the Telegram blog:
    Elsewhere, the app now includes streaming support for audio files and improved navigation for busy chats, while the app icon message counter has been tweaked so that it no longer shows the number of unread messages in muted chats, which should make it a lot more informative.

    Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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  2. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
  3. smartygus macrumors newbie


    Dec 5, 2017
    They removed the Apple Watch app, which is rather disappointing. Communication is one of the main use cases for the Apple Watch alongside fitness.
    Their Telegram X app, which was like the incubator for this new codebase, also had no Apple Watch app, and I was kinda hoping that they would add one back in before replacing the main Telegram all with the new codebase but alas it seems they went ahead with the update without an Apple Watch app.
  4. viettanium macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
  5. SnarkyBear macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
    I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.
  6. JokerPower macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2017
    1. iMessage is only for iOS. Telegram is available on every platform
    2. iMessage is only for messaging. Telegram is both text and audio
    3. iMessage may be secure, but I trust Telegram (just read news about their encounter with Russian FSB)
    4. Telegram interface is more organized.
  7. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    Telegram is awesome on iPhone and windows app.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 29, 2018 ---
    Because it available on non iOS devices.
  8. alleggerita macrumors 6502


    Dec 19, 2011
    Improved battery efficiency plus the night mode on OLED equipped devices (X, XS, XS Max), I’m sure it’s gonna be awesome.
  9. WalterTizzano macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2014
    Because you can use it also with people that don't have an iPhone, which are by far the majority.
  10. SnarkyBear macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
    Which you can do with Apple's Messages app. I do it all the time. Texting and sending pictures anyway.
  11. star-affinity macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2007
    Using SMS and MMS? Sorry, doesn't count. :)
  12. medee88 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2015
    Austin, TX
    To add something on, it’s like what iMessage should be. You can even edit messages for typos, reply to messages which allows you to autoquote so you know where you are in conversations.

    I originally started using it as I have a friend who uses windows to work and hated signal’s application for Mac and loosing my messages when I switched devices. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and feel like their software is top notch IMO.
  13. Pangalactic macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2016

    Far more secure and trustworthy about your data, available on all platforms, has wonderful group chats and secret chats with wonderful audio message support, has a lot of channels you can subscribe to (think like Reddit but in message mode), two step authentication, document sending, temporary images, and so on
  14. WBRacing macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2012
    Love telegram, it's brilliant. Had to use whatsapp recently and it is awful by comparison.
    So pleased that virtually everyone I know now uses it, would definitely encourage people to give it a go.
  15. Bustycat macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2015
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    It is still pitiful that it hasn’t included the Chinese localisation. Most of people here in Taiwan choose to use some craps like LINE, as they cannot understand Telegram in English.
  16. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Telegram group chats are a big reason I use it. I'm in a whole bunch of group chats, some of them with upwards of 300 members. We goof off and have a great time.

    It's so good that it's managed to replace IRC for many of us who used to use it heavily. And the best part is it works great on both desktop and mobile devices, unlike IRC which is pretty much garbage on mobile.
  17. hank moody, Sep 29, 2018
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    hank moody macrumors 6502a

    hank moody

    Jan 18, 2015
    5. Send, receive and open any file until 1,5GB
    6. Groups of infinite people
    7. Public channels
    8. Usernames, so you dont have to discosure your number to strangers
    9. Secret chats
    10. PiP of videos
    11. Playlists inside the app
    12. Instant view of articles and websites inside the app
    13. Themes
    14. Amazing stickers FREE
    15. Amazing UI
    16. Share location with a group
    17. Send files without compression
    18. Encrypted calls with amazing quality
    19. Audio messages that actually work and you can hear them
    20. Pinned chats
    21. Pinned messages inside groups
    22. Message replys
    23. And so on

    iMessage is so archaic when compared to Telegram
  18. Textime macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2016
    iMessages voice message quality is so 60s but hey we have mimoji instead!
  19. CollinH macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2017
    100% free and no ads. Would someone mind explaining how the developer supports itself and the necessary bandwidth and infrastructure?

    If the product is free, chances are you're the product.
  20. WalterTizzano macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2014
    The only chance I see is that you are repeating an Apple slogan without informing yourself. Telegram uses an open protocol that anyone can analyse, and anyone can write alternative apps compatible with it. Nobody so far managed to break the encryption or to find backdoors or other ways the developer could have to steal your data. So no, you are not the product.
  21. smirk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    I’ve never heard of Telegram before but it sounds great. Does the other person have to have a Telegram account or does it fall back to SMS like I’d like to use it but I’ll guess that most of my friends and family aren’t on it.
  22. AJACs3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    Yup. I kept this app as a backup communication method, and when I noticed the Watch app was gone, “somehow” the iPhone app disappeared from my phone. :p
  23. Pangalactic macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2016
    The founder of Telegram was also the founder of the largest Russian social network Vkontakte ( now with over 300 mil users, and his net worth is around $2bn. Pretty sufficient for running such a company. Interesting fact - he more or less got kicked out of the company due to disagreeing to disclose user data to the Russian special services.

    Also, they raised $850M this year for the ICO.

    --- Post Merged, Sep 30, 2018 ---
    Yup, the other people also have to use Telegram. It's getting more popular in the US, is relatively popular in Europe and is insanely popular in eastern Europe and Russia. Don't know about Asia:D
  24. ZebraDude macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    Sadly, MMS (this is how you send pictures when not using iMessages) is a VERY outdated voice channel product and is subject to severe shrinkage of the picture files.
  25. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I want to switch over to Telegram, it has nice features. I have been using WhatsApp ever since it started (back when it was $0.99). However, now that WhatsApp is part of Facebook, I don’t trust it being “secure”.

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