iOS 8 Messages upgrades: View attachments, share location, Do Not Disturb, exit group chat, more

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in iPhone edited June 2014
Group messaging and content sharing in the iOS 8 Messages application are greatly enhanced, giving users the ability to silence alerts from specific conversations, quickly view attachments from a thread, and even actively share their location with friends for a set period of time.




In the first beta of iOS 8, users can access all of the new options in the Messages app by tapping the "Details" link in the upper right corner when in a specific conversation thread. In a one-on-one chat, this menu shows a person's contact info and gives the ability to share current location with an embedded Maps link, which even works with iOS 7 and Mavericks users.

iOS 8 Messages also gives users the ability to continuously share their active location with fellow iOS users for three set periods: one hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely.

Individual conversations also come with a "Do Not Disturb" switch, so that sounds and vibrations from a potentially active conversation will not continuously go off.




The "Details" menu also includes a convenient list of message attachments. This allows users to view images, locations and any other content that may have been shared in the conversation, without the need to scroll up and find what they are looking for among text messages.

Attachments can also be deleted from this section, paring down the amount of content to something more manageable. Multiple items can also be selected and either saved to the camera roll or deleted.




Additional functions are added to the "Details" menu when the conversation is a group chat. These conversations can now be given subjects in iOS 8, and that name will be shown at the top of the thread as well as in the main menu for Messages.

Users can also add a contact to a group thread, and location sharing options as well as the "Do Not Disturb" switch are also available.




Finally, group messages also include a "Leave this Conversation" option that will no doubt be welcome to users who may be unwilling participants in a particularly chatty ongoing thread.



These advanced options in Messages are in addition to the time saving additions of a new quick-send images function, as well as a quick-reply option via notification banners. Those functions, along with a new quick voice memo button, can be found in the video above.

iOS 8 also adds the ability to automatically delete message threads over a period of time, saving space not only on an iOS device, but also in iCloud backups. And the Messages app also gains Apple's new QuickType keyboard with suggested words, as well as support for system-wide third-party keyboards from companies like Swype, Fleksy and SwiftKey.
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  • Reply 1 of 29
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    Leaving group texts is the best part of iOS 8.
  • Reply 2 of 29
    Despite all the amazing enhancements being promised in iOS 8, but if they don't update Maps to include better mass transit information or fix the inconsistencies in the data shown in apps that use maps (like Find My Phone), it will be a disappointment to me.
  • Reply 3 of 29
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,603member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Andysol View Post



    Leaving group texts is the best part of iOS 8.

    Millions of parents all over the world will love this feature!

  • Reply 4 of 29
    websnapwebsnap Posts: 224member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by carloblackmore View Post



    Despite all the amazing enhancements being promised in iOS 8, but if they don't update Maps to include better mass transit information or fix the inconsistencies in the data shown in apps that use maps (like Find My Phone), it will be a disappointment to me.

    Then it will be a disappointment to you. Not that there aren't improvements, but if you think there will ever be a state where they will be "done", you are going to be disappointed. Google maps still gives me errors and it has been around for way longer than Apple Maps. They both just get better, but none will be perfect.

  • Reply 5 of 29
    jakebjakeb Posts: 557member
    I'm really surprised they didn't announce transit directions in maps. I wonder if they're saving that for the iPhone 6 announcement... or if it's not going to be in ios8 at all :|
  • Reply 6 of 29
    pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jakeb View Post



    I'm really surprised they didn't announce transit directions in maps. I wonder if they're saving that for the iPhone 6 announcement... or if it's not going to be in ios8 at all :|

     

    Aren't there numerous third-party solutions?

     

    Like even... Google Maps?

  • Reply 7 of 29
    aruhligaruhlig Posts: 7member

    Question: When someone shares their location with the members of a group conversation, are those permissions replicated to the Find My Friends app? In other words, are the location sharing permissions between Apple IDs and independent of whether their viewed in Messages app Group Conversation A, Messages app Group Conversation B, Find My Friends app, etc?

  • Reply 8 of 29
    aruhligaruhlig Posts: 7member

    Question: When someone shares their location with the members of a group conversation, are those permissions replicated to the Find My Friends app? In other words, are the location sharing permissions between Apple IDs and independent of whether their viewed in Messages app Group Conversation A, Messages app Group Conversation B, Find My Friends app, etc?

  • Reply 9 of 29
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by carloblackmore View Post



    Despite all the amazing enhancements being promised in iOS 8, but if they don't update Maps to include better mass transit information or fix the inconsistencies in the data shown in apps that use maps (like Find My Phone), it will be a disappointment to me.



    have you tried google maps? i've found the transit info to be great!

  • Reply 10 of 29
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    Originally Posted by websnap View Post

     

    Then it will be a disappointment to you. Not that there aren't improvements, but if you think there will ever be a state where they will be "done", you are going to be disappointed. Google maps still gives me errors and it has been around for way longer than Apple Maps. They both just get better, but none will be perfect.


    I don't need it to be perfect or done. And I prefer it over Google Maps for the reasons you state above (and more). My personal experience is unique to me (thank you for stating the obvious that I already stated). Not everyone lives in NYC. And of the people living in NYC, not everyone cares about being able to see mass transit lines while looking at Maps. And of those people, not everyone cares about Brooklyn being labelled as Long Island. I just wish they would stop trailing Google maps in these couple aspects that are important to my life.

  • Reply 11 of 29
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    Originally Posted by OllieWallieWhiskers View Post

     



    have you tried google maps? i've found the transit info to be great!


    I have tried Google maps. You're right, the transit info is helpful. But unfortunately Google maps is slightly clunky enough in usability and prone to enough direction errors for me not to rely on it. So I keep it buried in a folder that I rarely dig into.

  • Reply 12 of 29

    How do you actually find someone's location, if they're sharing it? Do they just send you a message with a map, like in the article? It would be neat if I knew some of my friends were nearby and I could just open Maps and see a pin where they are, because they're sharing their location. Or even if I specifically had to type one of their names, as if they were a store or restaurant, and then have a pin and route to find them.

  • Reply 13 of 29
    simtubsimtub Posts: 277member
    Whatsapp & Wechat have had most of the functionality that iMessage has gained in iOS8 a long time ago.

    Maybe the core iOS apps should me be made available for updates throughout the year for new features and functions.
  • Reply 14 of 29
    mnbob1mnbob1 Posts: 262member
    Despite all the amazing enhancements being promised in iOS 8, but if they don't update Maps to include better mass transit information or fix the inconsistencies in the data shown in apps that use maps (like Find My Phone), it will be a disappointment to me.

    Even though Maps is a standard application included with iOS it should be considered an application separate from the OS.Especially now that it is a universal Mac/iOS app. Development is continuing and it's very likely that Maps wasn't ready to show at WWDC. I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in one of the developer beta releases for both OS's.

    Transit directions are the missing link. Apple has been working very hard on turn by turn and fly over. Realtime traffic, road construction, and accident reporting are very very well done. I commute from the southern suburbs of St. Paul into downtown Minneapolis. I ask Siri What's the quickest route to work? She's given me alternate routes and has never steered me wrong. Maps also adjusts my arrival time bases on my speed. Transit is coming. Just because they didn't announce it Monday doesn't mean it's not happening soon. It's a dual OS project.
  • Reply 15 of 29
    websnapwebsnap Posts: 224member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by carloblackmore View Post

     

    I don't need it to be perfect or done. And I prefer it over Google Maps for the reasons you state above (and more). My personal experience is unique to me (thank you for stating the obvious that I already stated). Not everyone lives in NYC. And of the people living in NYC, not everyone cares about being able to see mass transit lines while looking at Maps. And of those people, not everyone cares about Brooklyn being labelled as Long Island. I just wish they would stop trailing Google maps in these couple aspects that are important to my life.


     

    That's fair (it wasn't apparent to me when I read your comment). I don't live in NYC, I live In Winnipeg, Manitoba and I have to admit, it's been great when (being a smaller city) you would expect it not to be. I use the transit system here for commuting to work and I have found the Transit App (which uses Apple's maps) to be extremely reliable (and it's free). Have you given that a shot? it has features (like routes near me & "starring" favourite routes) that Apple maps would likely not add.

  • Reply 16 of 29
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,336member

    Apple can update that on the backend.  It doesn't need to be launched with iOS 8, and certainly not mentioned at a developers conference. 

  • Reply 17 of 29
    websnapwebsnap Posts: 224member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by simtub View Post



    Whatsapp & Wechat have had most of the functionality that iMessage has gained in iOS8 a long time ago.



    Maybe the core iOS apps should me be made available for updates throughout the year for new features and functions.



    That does happen. The dialer in the current 7.1.1 has evolved from the one in 7.0

  • Reply 18 of 29
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    Originally Posted by LighteningKid View Post

     

    How do you actually find someone's location, if they're sharing it? Do they just send you a message with a map, like in the article? It would be neat if I knew some of my friends were nearby and I could just open Maps and see a pin where they are, because they're sharing their location. Or even if I specifically had to type one of their names, as if they were a store or restaurant, and then have a pin and route to find them.


    This is exactly what Apple's app Find My Friends does. It appears that the messages location feature is just making the service more available...

  • Reply 19 of 29
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 869member

    Will people know that you are leaving a group text? For instance, my friends send out big group texts a lot, and, then you get a couple people that talk between themselves. I don't really care for it, so I'd like to leave, but I don't want a message to say "Tyler has left the conversation" cause I think it's kind of rude and passive aggressive. 

  • Reply 20 of 29
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by tyler82 View Post

    Will people know that you are leaving a group text? For instance, my friends send out big group texts a lot, and, then you get a couple people that talk between themselves. I don't really care for it, so I'd like to leave, but I don't want a message to say "Tyler has left the conversation" cause I think it's kind of rude and passive aggressive. 

     

    I’m of two minds here.

     

    On one hand, BCC would be nice as a feature. On the other, don’t freaking spam everyone in your contacts, for heaven’s sake.

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