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iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

With iOS 7, Apple is adding the ability to block people from reaching - especially disturbing or otherwise harassing - you via the phone, FaceTime, and Messages. One of the downsides of the constant connectivity we enjoy on the iPhone is constant availability, and while it's annoying when people...
iMessage read receipts:  A little bit of heaven... or a lot of hell?

iMessage read receipts: A little bit of heaven... or a lot of hell?

Today's Talk Mobile is all about social etiquette and how technology can affect the way we treat our fellow human beings. Case in point, when Apple introduced iMessage in iOS 5 they took a page from BlackBerry Messenger and offered "read receipts", a way for you to know not only if your instant...
Investigating iMessage security and privacy claims

Investigating iMessage security and privacy claims

How secure and how private is iMessage, Apple's SMS/MMS-like communications platform? Earlier this month, after news broke about the NSA's electronic surveillance program, codenamed PRISM, Apple released a statement detailing some specifics on the number of requests they receive from government...
How to send an iMessage from the Contacts app for Mac

How to send an iMessage from the Contacts app for Mac

While iMessage has its own native Mac app, you also have the ability to quickly send an iMessage via the Contacts app if you're running OS X Mountain Lion. Whether you're looking for a specific number or not done looking through your contacts just yet, here's the easiest way to get a message sent...
iOS 7 wants: An iMessage. Merged with FaceTime. That works. Everywhere.

iOS 7 wants: An iMessage. Merged with FaceTime. That works. Everywhere.

A plea for more unified, more functional, more reliable, more compatible, and more competitive messaging on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. iMessage and FaceTime today do pretty much what they did years ago at launch. While it's hard to say they've been neglected, Apple hasn't prioritized them to the...
Forums: iOS 7 features, larger screened iPhone, iMessage issues, iPhone 5S release date

Forums: iOS 7 features, larger screened iPhone, iMessage issues, iPhone 5S release date

Interested in iPhone, iPad, or Apple and looking to have some great conversations? Got a burning question or frustrating problem you just want help fixing? Already an expert and eager to share your knowledge? Well, all that and more is just waiting for you in the iMore forums. Here are today's hot...
Apple says iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

Apple says iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

iMessage and Facetime are both down for some users. According to Apple, the outage started just a little after 3 PM Eastern Time. There is not yet an ETA on when the issues will be resolved. For more information, check Apple’s system status page. Are Facetime and iMessage out for you? Source:...
What the DEA really said about iMessages, and what it means to you

What the DEA really said about iMessages, and what it means to you

It was recently reported that iMessage had caused a snag in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to intercept text messages. Citing iMessage’s end-to-end encryption as the cause, the DEA stated that "iMessages between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be...
Apple's iMessage encryption hinders federal wiretapping

Apple's iMessage encryption reportedly hinders federal wiretapping

The Drug Enforcement Administration has found it difficult to intercept text message conversations sent with Apple’s iMessage platform due to the encryption that Apple employs for it. According to internal documents a criminal investigation was hindered by the DEA’s inability to tap into iMessage...
Does iMessage have an issue verifying your account? Here's how to fix it!

Does iMessage have an issue verifying your account? Here are some troubleshooting tips!

While iMessage is a great service that lets iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac users correspond for free with any other iOS user, it can also be a bag of hurt at times. One of the largest issues I see people complain about is the verification issue. Namely, iMessage will randomly sign you out of...
How to disable iMessage alerts for people that aren't in your contacts

How to disable iMessage alerts for people that aren't in your contacts

If you use iMessage frequently for both work and personal, there may come times when you don't want to be disturbed by messages from people you don't know. iMessage gives you the ability to disable alerts from people that aren't in your Contacts app. You'll still receive the messages, you just...
Apple launches new status page for iCloud, other services

Apple launches new status page for iCloud, iMessages, Siri, and other services

Apple has launched a new status page for it’s stores, services like iMessages and Siri ,and iCloud that is far more granular and informative than the previous version. While the old page was simply a list of status messages pertaining to iCloud, the new page contains a board with a section each...
iMessage and FaceTime down. Are you affected?

iMessage and FaceTime down. Are you affected?

iMessage and FaceTime are both experiencing outages according to Apple's iCloud system status page, and numerous reports flooding into iMore's various comm channels. Apple says service will be restored asap. Online continues to be a huge challenge for Apple, and if you haven't already, I invite...
iMessage is down. Again.

iMessage is down. Again.

Apple's iMessage service, their iOS and OS X SMS- and MMS- like service, is currently down for a lot of users. It's been going down fairly regularly as of late, though not for lengthy periods of time. Game Center, Apple's online gaming service, has also gone down or suffered from poor service...
How to turn iMessage read receipts on or off

How to turn iMessage read receipts on or off

iMessage lets you send free text, photo, and video messages to other iOS and OS X users anywhere in the world . Read receipts allow your contacts to see whether or not you've viewed a message. While some people may consider read receipts to be a bit stalker-ish, others may find them useful for...
Is iMessage down for you?

Is iMessage down for you?

A lot of us here at iMore along with friends and family members are having some issues with iMessage. Basically, we can't send or receive any! Are you guys experiencing the same problems we are? If you seem to be having issues sending iMessages, you can turn it off from Settings for now so you...
How to copy or forward messages on iPhone and iPad

How to copy or forward iMessages

Replying to an iMessage (or SMS or MMS) is only one of several things you can do with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac Messages app. You can also copy it or forward it onto someone else. Copying an iMessage is a great way to move important information to other apps, like Mail or Notes or for...
How to send photos using iMessage

How to send photos using iMessage

iMessage lets you easily send photos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do...
How to add additional email addresses to iMessage

How to add additional email addresses to iMessage

iMessage is great way to send and receive text and multimedia images with any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 or higher, as well as any Mac running OS X Mountain Lion. Along with receiving iMessages at your phone number on the iPhone, you can receive iMessages at your Apple ID email...
How to send a contact card using iMessage

How to share a contact card using iMessage

If you need to quickly send contact information from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it's and easy task with iMessage or even good, old-fashioned SMS. As long as you have the information listed in your Contacts app, you're only a few taps away from sharing a vCard file (vcf) containing phone numbers,...

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