What would you change about iMessage?

iMessage on Older Devices
iMessage on Older Devices (Image credit: iMore)

Messages launched with the original iPhone as "SMS", because that's all it did at the time. Apple had Safari, so they didn't build an old-school WAP browser and it turned out an old-school WAP browser is what MMS needed. So, Apple built one and, once carriers stopped freaking out about the potential bandwidth, added it to the app.

Then Apple did one better: The company announced iMessage, integrated it with MMS and SMS in the Messages app, and ran it on data completely outside carrier's then-lucrative texting rate. Apple proceeded to bring iMessage to iPad and Mac, enhanced group messaging, added instant sound-bites and selfies, and with SMS-relay brought carrier messaging to iPad and Mac as well.

So, the question becomes — what do you want to see Apple bring to Messages and iMessage in iOS 10?

  • Allow Messages to be secured by Touch ID or Passcode.
  • Extend VIP from Mail to Messages — make it system-wide.
  • Allow a confirmation before sending soundbites, selfies, or location.
  • Combine FaceTime and Messages together into a single super-app.
  • Support for stickers.
  • Synergy/Hub style unified person-centric inbox.
  • Allow favoriting of a message.
  • Per-person read receipts in group messages.
  • iMessage for iCloud web app.
  • iCloud Drive file attachments.
  • Smarter search and filtering to find messages.

Messages is already the most popular app on iOS, and messaging apps are among the most popular period. Some are becoming full-on platforms in their own rights. Whether or not Apple needs to move gaming and other features from the device layer to the messaging layer is a question for another day. Right now, right here, if Apple asked you what you wanted in Messages for iOS 10, what would you tell them?

Originally published January 2015. Updated February 2016.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I'd like the ability to mark as unread (to remind me if I need to do something about it) or to save it as a reminder.
  • Agree!
  • Second this! Sent from the iMore App
  • need this badly!! Sent from the iMore App
  • Agreed! Would love to mark a message unread Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't usually login, but logged in just to comment this and was pleasantly surprised to see this up here.
  • I'd like iMessage to become a Cross-Messenger that I can get rid of WhatsApp.
  • Exactly, this way we won't have the missing sms after a person moves to a different device (ie android). Lets make this happen. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Agree! Sent from the iMore App
  • It needs to be universally offered among all platforms. Would be a huge productivity enhancement for all of us plus it would put Apple in the number one spot for a messaging app. Sent from the iMore App
  • Apple will never do that, simply because iMessage is the sole reason they sell a hell of a lot of iPhones. By making it available on competing platforms, they give away that advantage that is currently solely available on iOS. Sent from the iMore App
  • The sole reason? I highly doubt that.
  • Blackberry also thought that about bbm Sent from the iMore App
  • And going cross platform didn't help them sell a thing.
  • It didn't help them years later. If they did it when Balsillie first mentioned it, it may have actually helped. Apple; however, doesn't require more revenue and they're not in danger of burning through their cash flow. In fact they can't seem to count the money quick enough. That being said, I would love to see iMessage go cross platform and I would gladly pay for it. Apple would be naive to think they'll ever control 100% of the market so bringing iMessage to at least Android would just make them that much more money. ~TheRealFixxxer
  • Perhaps it may have helped, sad to know that we won't know. I don't know BB could've monetized their messaging platform though.
  • Love that an random user knows the sole reason Apple sold 76 million iPhones in a single quarter. Hyperbole much?
  • Random user is talking out of his a**, I despise people like him who think they know it all. Sent from the iMore App
  • Err no I Sent from the iMore App
  • Err no iMessage isn't the sole reason they sell a lot of iPhones, the main reason Apple sells a lot of iPhones is because it just works and iOS is very fluid (most of the time). Sent from the iMore App
  • Not trying to start an argument, but iOS and OSX are far from perfect "just works" software, in my experience. In fact, they (and Apple software in general) have been getting worse over the past 5+ years: taking away functionality, yet released full of bugs. Most Apple software used to be very intuitive and useful, but now a days they are confounding and inconsistent. I know they are trying to deliver many features to satisfy a broader range of customers, but "just works" is an archaic slogan from a time before the iPhone, and before Tim Cook. Sent from the iMore App
  • This would such a huge win for sure. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • +1. thats the most important! Sent from the iMore App
  • On OS X I want auto-capitalization after I write periods.
  • Well that should probably be a global thing rather than just iMessage
  • The *only* new feature that I really care about would be the ability to Message my friends on Android and Windows. As a recent Android/Windows to iOS/Mac switcher, this is the single greatest annoyance about Messages and FaceTime.
  • You could always do that with your iPhone. It just sends as a regular (green) SMS. You can even do it with your iPad and Mac now, as long as you set up SMS relay from your iPhone. http://www.imore.com/how-to-set-up-use-sms-mms-relay-send-receive-texts-mac http://www.imore.com/how-to-set-up-use-sms-mms-relay-send-receive-texts-ipad
  • I know that, Rene. But SMS and Messages aren't equivalents. I want my green-bubble friends to have the same experience reading and sending messages that I do.
  • Tell them to buy iOS devices then :)
  • Rofl!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • LOL exactly. The iOS experience without the device? No. Sent from the iMore App
  • The Redstone update for Windows 10 might bring some SMS/MMS relay functionality, though it'll be a while. In the meantime, you can give Hangouts a try. Not as fluid as iMessage, IMO, but much more cross platform.
  • Yes, but the cost of one SMS sent from Spain to UK costs 50 cents (€), two messages and you could pay for Whatsapp. To get iMessage to send free data messages to Android and Windows you'd have to convince friend and family to install it. Whatsapp and Hangout have been doing that for ages so getting people to use yet another message app would be hard unless it had major advantages.
  • you mean like how my Android friends and family try to get me to install every messenger under the sun? At least if iMessage was multi-platform everyone could agree on one thing. Sent from the iMore App
  • Or at least on a couple. So far, I have about 5 different messaging platforms I use between three different os/device platforms. Don't get me wrong; I like ubiquity but not at the expense of convenience or familiarity. Sent from the iMore App
  • Custom read receipt Sent from the iMore App
  • Example?
  • Read receipt for certain people. If I'm in meeting my wife or coworker that I read their messages without a confirmation. Sent from the iMore App
  • You can do that on settings Sent from the iMore App
  • Scheduled messages! I'd love to be able to schedule a message to send at a specific time
  • Yes Sent from the iMore App
  • +1. Miss this feature of BiteSMS the most. Sent from the iMore App
  • This would be really useful for small biz people, and likely the corporate and institutional worlds too.
  • Yes, always wanted to do that, ex: texting my boss about me not showing up because I'm sick so I can keep sleeping, lol
  • I agree and no this is not in cases where people are skipping work! My boss comes to work at 7:00 AM and I come in at 6:00 (different schedules). I also live 30 minutes away and typically wake up at 4:45AM-5:00AM. It would be nice if I could schedule that message to arrive around 6:45AM so he can be aware that I'm not coming in, I don't have to message him while hes sleeping and I don't have to stay up till 7ish to text him I'm not coming in.
  • my husband uses this on his galaxy via an app all the time. would love to have this as a standard imessage feature..... Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes! Great idea!
  • I would like each message to be able to memorize with keyboard I use. I text family and some co-workers in Spanish and hate having to toggle between English/Spanish keyboards when I switch messages
  • Yes. And apple should also make a super app that lets you message to other services. Like what's app or Skype. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah, I hate that too, that's why I love using SwiftKey, I only need one keyboard to type in eitber language I choose...no need to change back and forth all the time. Sent from the iMore App
  • If it only worked.. I have try it twice but is two buggy, on android is abeast Sent from the iMore App
  • Not to be one of those people, but really, I just want the thing to work more reliably. Until things just work, I don't need new features. Cross-platform would be fantastic, but I'd rather they get the current iOS only side working better before adding in other platforms (not that I think cross-platform is coming any time soon) or more features.
  • Yes to almost all of it, no to 'Support for stickers' No
  • Hahahaha!
  • I can make a call from a favorite sound if do not disturb is on. I would love for messages from favorites to be able to sound when do no disturb is on.
  • Auto resend failed messages
  • Yes!!! that is a big one! urgh.... that would be perfect!
  • I wish that I message have options when to send message ( like want to sleep and want to send a messeges after one hour)
  • I like how iMessage has grown so that texts to my iPhone are echoed to my iPad and iMac (same as voice calls). I would like it to become more like Adium in that it is one text-messaging app to rule them all. For both better and worse, Apple tries to keep you within the Appleverse. Too many people I would "talk" with remotely through text clients on their computers do not have an Apple device and I will not use multiple clients to do so.
  • I would like to see that if you're typing a quick reply in the pop up box that if you're typing a long reply that your message doesn't disappear when another text comes in. So annoying. Sent from the iMore App
  • +1. Annoying bug. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd love the ability to be able to save a message so it can't be deleted i.e. Locked Sent from the iMore App
  • Honestly after trying out Android and experiencing first hand how God awful their messaging is I'm completely content with iMessage. Sent from the iMore App
  • Agreed. Hangouts was ok after it integrated with SMS/MMS, but it wasn't a part of the OS unless you had Nexus/GPE. It still felt clunky compared to iMessage, though. Sent from the iMore App
  • Zing!
  • Google Messenger is pretty good these days. Not quite on par with the fluidity of iMessage, but pretty close.
  • I'd like the ability to forward a conversation to email.
  • The ability to rename a conversation without it being renamed on the other participant's devices.
  • mainly id like to see: -Consistency between platforms
    on the mac messages can be iMessages,textsFacebook and Google messages and any jabber based messagers etc. but iOS is only iMessages & texts -timestamps on both sides
    I like that swiping over the conversation one-way gives me my timestamps but I want to be able to swipe over the other way to get the other sides timestamps Mainly for myself I'd like a way to force Messages to listen to me
    because I have some Android friends that it insists have iPhones so every time it fails to iMessage them (yes their contact list them as mobile not as a iPhone)
    I also have one or two friends with the opposite problem where it insists on only texting despite them having iPhones (yes their contact list them as iPhone not as a mobile) I'd like to see an android app, I know it probably won't happen but hey they made iTunes for Windows and other apple apps so why not
    I think Apple should make more apps like that for android because it will help with enticing them to move over to the full apple ecosystem
  • Ask your friends to unregister from iMessage at Apple's website:
  • I've had most of them try
    The funny thing is the one android friend that having the issue never had a iPhone to deregister so I'm not surprised it didn't work
  • I would be happy if third party keyboards would open reliably.
  • I'd like to see a "send" key added to the keyboard on quick reply, so I don't have to reach all the way to the top of the phone to send.
  • Easier built in group messaging features. I use my phone for work purposes, as much as personal. Being able to immediately start a group text with a pre-defined group of people without 1) typing in each person individually, or 2) depending on a 3rd party app would be great. Sent from the iMore App
  • The iPhone & iOS have been around for 7 years and there is still no native way to manage contact groups. Groups created or edited on your Mac will sync to the phone, but from there it still doesn't solve your problem. It would be nice to create a group of contacts then from that group start a group message. Also, adding to the group would prompt an "add to group chat?" popup. Sent from the iMore App
  • Basically replace anything that WhatsApp can do... cross platform messaging abilities, etc. It would be great to have a delayed sending feature. You set a time when you would like the message to send and it automatically sends when it is that time. You would no longer need to remember to text someone at a certain time. Insert files from a NEW iCloud Drive app. Also extensions functionality to allow insertion of files from other services such as Evernote, Dropbox, etc.
  • Apple: PLEASE create the option to have all text messages fully sync with each device so I don't have to delete on my iPhone, iPad, AND my Mac! Thank you.
  • Good point! When I delete a conversation on my phone it should also delete from my Mac and iPad. Sent from the iMore App
  • lol I've asked for this in beta since iOS7! :( Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes please. Sent from the iMore App
  • Plus 1
  • Great thinking! I like this idea.
  • I'd like to see confirmation before sending audio messages. Very annoying and embarrassing when an accidental audio message is sent.
  • More control over read receipts. Example: turn it on for my wife but off for others. At minimum ability to have on for contacts and off for unknown numbers. Read receipts on group messages. Maybe a check mark next to participants that have read it. Auto resend failed messages. Ability to undo sending up to 5 seconds after pressing send. Ability to schedule messages. Auto dark theme tied to screen brightness. Like tweetbot. Sent from the iMore App
  • liking that read receipt idea for sure!
  • I totally agree with your comments. I too would like to know the time when my message was read... Sent from the iMore App
  • • Per-person read receipts in group messages • "mark unread" text messages • numerical keyboard for entering CC#'s etc. • Name group chats if not everyone is on iMessage.
  • Every feature that was highlighted is amazing. Sent from the iMore App
  • Would love to see a iCloud web app or even a native windows app so I can use it while using my work pc (windows based). Currently I'll either use my iPhone or if I'm remoted into my home imac I'll use the OS X version. Basically would like to pull out my phone less at work.
  • As a small biz owner and contractor, I uuse my iDevices for work all the time. Using messages for work is very common and normal these days, especially since my work is almost exclusively with homeowners, and at there home. So here are a few things I'd like to see: 1) There needs to be a way to schedule messages to be sent at a future time and date. 2) There is a need to to lock, or save, a message and/or thread, or part of a thread, so that it cannot be deleted until it is "unlocked" so that it can be deleted,mor otherwise managed.. 3) I want the ability to share an entire thread, or text conversation, with another person who was not part of the initial conversation. This should be possible thru the Messages app, and thru email. 4) The ability to save a Message thread, or conversation, in whole or in part, as a document, with time stamps and dates. These Message Documents could be managed and preserved by the device user as they deem necessary. As a contractor, they could be invaluable when the Message Document is added to a job folder for that particular job and customer.
  • Great ideas. There would definitely have to be consent "check box" from the other user(s). Not from a legal standpoint, but from a "I don't want to be a dick" standpoint. Sent from the iMore App
  • BTW, great post, Rene. Thanks.
    And a lot of good replies by many other readers too. Great interaction on an important topic.
  • Why we're here :)
  • The ability to send via the return key (current function should be shift+return like everyone else). This would allow external keyboards to actually send messages (I can't find any way to send a message I've typed on a keyboard)
  • I got rid of my external keyboard on the iPad for this reason
  • CMD-Return on Mac would feel normal to me, like Paul Haddad said on Twitter.
  • +1. This is just the one example of the lack of real functionality that is overlooked in iOS, specifically with the iPad. Sent from the iMore App
  • The unification of FaceTime and iMessage in a single app would be nice. An option to not have my most recent pics showing when tapping on the camera icon within a message. And that thing you mentioned of having messages being secured by passcode/Touch ID has been something I've thought about as well.
    Email seems so 1999.
    And quick compose from anywhere similar to quick reply that's already implemented.
  • iOS has no functioning file system (for the user)
  • Similar to long pressing in new email then tapping add attachment. Use iCloud, etc.
  • Build it similar to bbm. Have profiles, with pictures and statues and take away the ability to not have messages marked as read
  • Linking to contacts cards would let that stay unified. I don't think you can force read-receipts since it's a privacy issue and that needs to remain a choice. Maybe let businesses force it via MDM for company devices.
  • BBM doesn't seem to have a privacy issue. well then maybe the option to turn it on or off for certain contact.
  • Deleting a message deletes it from everywhere. If I clear my messages from my iPhone clear them from my Mac and iPad too.
  • I'd like it to not freeze up on me multiple times a day.
  • I would make it where you can change the color of the message box
  • No more green and blue friends? :)
  • I would like to see iMessage in stand alone app like FaceTime and phone calls app Cause message app be like for just only SMS and officials messages And make iMessage to compete BBM and Whats app
  • If they had messages web app I'd have little use for my MacBook messages app. Definitely would like it secured by a password!
  • The ability to decide whether a message is send as iMessage or txt while sending. Often daughter runs out of data so prefers to receive txt as part of her phone contract.
  • Would love that Sent from the iMore App
  • This exists. After you start sending, long press on the message and you get an option to send as a text message..
  • Though if it is a short message the message is sent before the long press catches it to send as sms.
  • As others have stated, delete conversation on one device, it deletes on all devices. The other main problem/bug. You hear you alert go off, and the iMessage is several hours old. It has never worked right. Another thing. You start to clean up your conversations. After about the forth, or fifth time, that stops working. You have to force close the app, and bring it up again to get the delete conversation pop up to work again.
  • I'll love the idea of undoing and/or editing a text in iMessage. A feature that would remove the text from both the sender and the recipient or edit it (like what Instagram did in a recent update)
  • I agree! that is a very needed feature . :)
  • Timed messages and message retraction. That's important. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like to be able to send & receive all messages, social media accounts included, via the messages app.
  • I like to be able to change fonts without buying app only to copy & paste Sent from the iMore App
  • You… bought an app to change the font? For one thing that's not possible, which is why you have to copy and paste, what a waste of money. Changing the font would probably be a system-wide thing if it was actually implemented, and I wouldn't count on seeing that any time soon
  • Also il like to change background to messages iPhone messaging is so basic & boring Sent from the iMore App
  • I wouldn't mind those already listed
    EXCEPT I want my FaceTime an iMessage apps to stay separate Sent from the iMore App
  • Just get rid of FaceTime app completely. Build it into the phone app. Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree. Please keep them separate.
  • Is like quick reply to show if someone is still typing. I'm responding to messages constantly and another comes in form the same person. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would like for it to be cross-platform, so everyone I know could use it.
  • Have an Archive function that will hide a conversation until you or the other person sends a message, like in FB messenger Sent from the iMore App
  • The ability to archive messages. Sent from the iMore App
  • Agree 100%. Sent from the iMore App
  • Cross platform, confirmation when sending pictures etc (want them to show up in the message windows so you can add a text as well and then be able to press send), want it to be faster to send texts as sms when iMessage is not available because right now it can take like 2 min before it sends it as a sms. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would like the ability to change the bubble color to whichever you like and the ability to choose your font. Sent from the iMore App
  • This! I find the look of the app so basic and boring, I want to be able to customize how it looks, like I could with my sms apps on my android phone. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like to be able to save or lock certain received messages so that I don't lose them when I delete a convo. The system would remind me of saved or locked mags and only delete the remainder of the convo. Sent from the iMore App
  • Cross-Platform messaging.
  • There's no customization, None. I want to be able to make it my own with custom backgrounds and custom bubble colors. But OK, I get it. Now, at least add contact pictures to the list. When you have 4 Dan's, 3 Rick's, 2 Rebecca's it's a real pain to have to "find" the right person to message, especially if you don't have last names. With a picture, you have a visual aid for faster lookups making the process more efficient.
  • I agree with you on customization — especially on the OS X version. I do see pictures for my contacts in both OS X and iOS though. At least in the contact list on the side — where would you want pictures?
  • Add manual action mark message as ACKNOWLEDGE / (manually Send ACKNOWLEDGED Receipt)
    This way no need in replying OK or Confirmed when sender asking you to do something.
    Same way its implemented in Threema. Add option Send Read Receipts only to selected contacts or groups of people. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like it to be mostly what palm had in mind when designing their messaging app... It had an interface to integrate any messaging protocol so it would use the channel available....
    I seriously don't care about the protocol the messages are sent through... I just want the app to handle that stuff for me and I prefer to not be bothered using multiple messenger apps when I could just concentrate on the task sending a message to contact xyz... Apple should create such interfaces, and then the messaging all should decide. If the user has iMessage, send it via iMessage. If the user has what's app/bbm/whatnot use that means... If there is no internet connection fall back to sms... Would be so much more convenient than having what's app as a separate app for all those windows or android users out there Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like message apps to have an option to block the message when do not disturb/blocked contact are on and notify the sender that message hasn't got through(message not sent)
  • Good idea, at least they could post the little moon next to your name while your phone is on Do Not Disturb. But what about your other devices? Some people have 3 or more devices with the same iMessage account. Sent from the iMore App
  • Schedule text messages. I work nights would like to compose and schedule a text message to be sent while I'm sleeping. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would like to be able to save a distribution list! Sent from the iMore App
  • Contact icons next to the message. Especially in group messages. Also in the conversation list next to the name. Sent from the iMore App
  • YES! This would also reduce the number of times I accidentally send a message to the wrong person!
  • Not change, but ADD a Dark mode option! Sent from the iMore App
  • When you are using an external keyboard (say for the iPad), add a setting that sends the message when you press Enter or maybe Shift-Enter. Right now, it only put in a line break.
  • +1
    This is one of the reasons I didn't buy a keyboard case for my new iPad. I had the clam case for iPad3, but it was such a half-baked compromise in function and feel when compared to a real laptop.
    Now if only Apple would make a damn Convertible like the Lenovo Yoga that could run both OSX & iOS apps... With a proper digitizer :-) Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like there to be a PC version of iMessage! I'd also like better search and filtering, lastly id like to be able to copy and paste just a portion of a message Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like a 'solo' option (sort of like do-not-disturbed but in reverse). I've got my iPhone, iPad and Mac (actually multiple being a developer), so I'd like to be able to enable solo mode on the device I'm using at the moment so my house doesn't sound like a cuckoo clock shop at 12:00 when someone messages me. (i.e. only alert on the device I'm using).
  • and yes, I've already filed it as a feature request on RADAR :)
  • I'd like some pretty basic functionality which for some reason is missing (for plain old SMS at least, since I don't use the iMessage):
    - Delivery reports;
    - Message times and dates;
    - Mark as unread. All other phones I had before were able to do it - why can't iPhone then?
  • I agree also , although I use iMessage, SMS needs some long overdue refinement.
  • Contact picture. Schedule Messages Sent from the iMore App
  • Integrate more iMessage with Facetime, make them one.
    Option to disable sounds when sending and receiving.
    Send locations, contacts, easier (faster).
    Send more than one photo easier (faster).
    Option to save all the media in Camera Roll.
    Integration with iTunes and App Store.
    Link thumbnails.
    Integrate with Apple Pay to send money.
  • Apple Pay integration is a really intriguing idea.
  • I would really like a "Quick Compose" feature. Sent from the iMore App
  • I only want one enhancement, the ability to archive messages as oppose to backing them up, To either iCloud or via iTunes. This should include pictures, videos, etc, and make it searchable, 60/90/180 day option would be good. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would love the ability to be able to correct texting mistakes. I know for instance that once a message is sent, it cannot be unsent. So I think it would be an excellent idea for apple to implement a simple soultion to strikethrough words that have already been sent so that the recipient knows it was a mistake that should be ignored.
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  • Buy Viber and integrate EVERYTHING! And make it SECURE.
  • I would want to be able to change the colors of the message bubbles. Like personal colors for each conversation. That would be cool
  • I personally would love if we can change the color of the bubbles of the messaging. It's getting boring of the same colors! Also I would love if we can unread a text and also have passcodes on our messages.
  • They have an app that changes the color of the bubbles, but that is all you can change.
  • I was going to say the same thing as many of the others. I'd like to be able to customize the color of the texts I send or even the texts I receive. I'd like the bubble colors to be customizable.
  • I also think there should be a way to send a message to multiple people without it being s 'Group Message'
  • When using the Message to text to someone I want to see that person's name to show up when you are texting.
  • I would like to be able to go back to the top of my messages (the very beginning) without the hassle of scrolling all the way up! If I have been texting someone for months and have thousands of messages with them, scrolling up or clicking the clock at the top takes FOREVER! I have yet to be able to get to the top. Even if I could take all the messages with that person and be able to email it to myself so I could read the from beginning there would be so helpful!! Or when your forwarding messages and you click the circle button next to the messages that your forwarding to have a select all button would be helpful as well.
  • Please if I am SCROLLED UP on the message chain and someone adds to the message chain it does not "AUTO-SCROLL DOWN" to the bottom on my 6 Plus it even seems to do it when I am holding my thumb down on the screen. Or is there an option to turn that stuff off?
  • I would love to be able to "like" messages and also be able to tag group chat members in replies.
  • How about something more fun like being able to change colour themes or manage bubble colours in iMessage?
  • Then it would be like an android phone. Cool but pointless. I think Apple likes to keep simple but professional which is the plus with iPhones
  • I agree with kimmh72 we should be able to have a theme in the background be able to change the color and design of the bubble. Put something pretty in the background. I'm new to iPhone and I like it, it took a while to get used to but I'm really thinking of switching back to a android simply because I like being able to customize.
  • Maybe this is minor, but I'd prefer a timestamp on every text like in Windows Phone.
  • You know if you slide/swipe the conversation to the left, the individual message timestamps appear, don't you?
  • More than anything, recently I've been wanting a better way to search messages. Specifically, a better way to look back to the start of a long conversation than scrolling endlessly. I know there are roundabout ways to export and peruse conversations with programs on Mac, but I want a better way to look back at earlier points in long messages on the device itself. I like the sound of Touch ID integration and iCloud Drive file integration too.
  • iMessage for iCloud would be nice, and maybe further integration of Siri to make messaging "smarter".
  • VIP imessage!!! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The ability to delay sending a message. Would also be handy if that was available with in the mail app also. Sent from the iMore App
  • The only thing I'd improve with iMessage is the fiddly the audio recording feature is, especially when using a 4 inch iPhone like me, that particular iPhone issue will be rectified when I get my 6s Plus in less than 2 weeks, one thing I wouldn't want to happen is iMessage going cross platform, iMessage is unique to iOS and I want it to stay that way. I'm sure Apple wouldn't be so silly to do that anyway. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeahh if they do that, that means they're going downhill!! Just like black berry Sent from the iMore App
  • Exactly just like Microsoft making Cortana cross platform as well. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would love access to iMessages via pc. I know it can be done via Mac, but my work comps are Windows. Would love the ability to get messages on my screen while working Sent from the iMore App
  • Bring over note.app web link preview across to iMessage and other type of previews i.e. files, calendar and etc.
  • I'd like to see something along the lines of separate inboxes. For example, one could be for private messages that the recipient would have to purposely log-into? (2nd layer of authentication password or touchID?) and the contents of that private inbox would not appear on screen as a notification across devices etc.
    Another inbox could be for "random thoughts" where the sender doesn't care how soon the recipient sees their message &, perhaps, in fact prefers the recipient reads them later when they can really concentrate on the message. The "random thoughts" inbox would be good for passing along articles, tweets, etc that you'd like someone to see eventually but you don't really need to interrupt them right now with something so time-inconsequential.
  • (1) I like the idea to secure Messages with TouchID.
    (2) Also I'd like the ability to quickly switch between sending an iMessage and a regular SMS within the Messages app like the jailbreak tweak called 'SwitchService.' Please don't unify FaceTime and Messages into one single app, please just...don't. Keep them separate. Other than that, that's about it.
  • I want the ability to shut off sound bites. I only ever use it accidentally. Sent from the iMore App
  • The biggest thing to me would be to make it multi-platform. I want to talk to my friends and family who are deluded enough to own an Android device or Blackberry. I want the ability to choose my send method, blue or green bubble. Basically I would tap and hold the send button and it would change from blue to green or vice versa. I want messages to be synced between devices. So if I delete it on my phone for example it's gone everywhere. If I look at a new message on one device I want the notification to clear on all other devices. Sticker support would be awesome and snapchat like filters for selfies. I hate all the other messengers so I just want the best features from them. Sent from the iMore App
  • Screen sharing mode. Like OS X, I can navigate my friend's cursor to troubleshoot the problem they might face. (with the receiver's approval of course). It will be nice and help your friend troubleshoot their idevice without physically being there.
  • I'd like to see the iOS icon in blue instead of green. This would visibly link the iOS app with the Mac app, and more importantly, it would prioritize the richer experience of the iMessage service. Why is the iOS icon green, when green represents SMS, the limited technology of old? I might be biased because the bulk of my Messages conversations are with other iOS and Mac users. Those conversations feel lively; the SMS conversations feel stiff, almost alien, without the realtime feedback and other features iMessage brings. I feel restricted talking to people by SMS, too, without freely being able to send pictures, video or audio. Will they be charged? Will I? For these reasons, it seems backward that SMS gets visual priority on iOS.
  • I'd like a Compact Mode which used the whole screen instead of the cute bubble UI that has A LOT of space around each message, because I would like to see more of the transcript on one screen.
  • I'd like an indication of whether or not the other person is available, idle, or busy, so I have a clue as to whether this is good time to contact them. Busy could include on a phone call, or in Do Not Disturb mode. Idle could be that the phone is locked and there has been no activity or movement for a while. It'd be nice to be able to manually set Available or Busy too, perhaps with a message like "On a flight all day."
  • "Support for stickers" I don't know who started calling large emojis stickers, but I hate it. They aren't stickers. Stickers are images on sticky paper you can peel off and stick on things.
  • I think iMessage should be its own deprecate messaging app and not interested with the regular messaging app on iPhones
  • Meant to say *seperate*
  • Dark theme! Not just for imessage for the whole darn UI! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I would like to see all media in message threads be added to an album (call it Messages) in Photos.app, so it would automatically sync with iCloud and save them. There shouldn't be a need to have to manually save pictures or videos. Just have them saved automatically.
  • This; "Synergy/Hub style unified person-centric inbox". Sent from the iMore App
  • It would be wonderful to have iMessage/FaceTime on windows. Sent from the iMore App
  • Per person read receipts Sent from the iMore App
  • I want an option to automatically save received media (pictures especially, videos, audio) to their respective apps.
    Then within Photos, a folder named "From Messages" then "From John Smith", etc.
    From there the messages ARE NOT SAVED in the conversation, rather just a link/shortcut to that picture to display it in line with the text. If they delete it from Photos, it goes away from the convo. This way there is no data redundancy, and everyone can stop asking me why their phone is so slow when they have 80MB of storage left with 16Gb of messages.
    This would also prevent loss of pictures received when someone deletes an entire conversation. Especially since importing to OSX doesn't look in the messages conversations for pictures.
    With my method they would automatically be saved, in one place. Sent from the iMore App
  • Nothing more annoying than having to delete months worth of text message on my watch when I've already deleted them on my phone! Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd like to color code contacts so that when I'm switching between different messages, I don't accidentally send the wrong message to the wrong person. Like a red banner could mean someone work related, blue banner family, yellow. One time I was waiting on someone to meet me, and texting my wife at the same time. I accidentally texted "this person obviously has no clue on being on time" to the person in question when I meant to send it to my wife.
  • Search function within a conversation in iMessage. Sent from the iMore App
  • Groups! Imessage is horrible at this. If im in another app and share an image, link or whatever to imessage, i have to type all the recipients for that group. Why cant i preset groups to send to? This is basic stuff that even windows phone does correctly! Sent from the iMore App
  • I wish we had the animated emojis that the Apple Watch have. It seems weird to keep it on just the watch. Sent from the iMore App
  • The ability to schedule text messages would be great. Maybe you want to text a friend at midnight about something that you were thinking about at the time, but didn't want to possibly bother them or wake them up, you could schedule the message to go out at 9am the next morning and not worry about it. I would enjoy this immensely. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would like the ability to send a group text, but it sends to each person individually. I could do this way back on my Samsung Galaxy S3. To make my request clearer. I want to create a text with multiple recipients, but the text goes to them individually. So I don't have to copy and paste the text, over and over. Also, I would like the ability to delete all my message threads at once with a delete all option. Currently, you have to scroll and check every bubble. I'm looking for the conveniences I had when using Android.
  • In our friends network we all are having iPhones but we all are using Whatsapp,
    we are not using iMessage because it's operations are slower than Whatsapp BBM...
    In INDIA If we have 2G DATA Connection iMessage will not allow to send or receive words, but in other Chat apps like Whatsapp we can send or receive words it would take some seconds.... In fact sometimes SMS sending and receiving also getting slower response than Other mobile SMS operation.
  • Agree, I would like to be able to send delayed messages. Sent from the iMore App
  • Please do the same article for the music player. Because they messed it up with ios 9. it's cluttered and not nearly as user friendly or intuitive.
  • Music.app has taken after iTunes for the desktop and needs to be started off from scratch. I'm not saying it's unusable, because I do use it, but it's not a great experience with its constant quirks and bugs.
  • The ability to mark messages as"Unread" the way we can mark them as "Read" now. No, it wouldn't have to, and shouldn't, mess with Read Receipts. It's a simple way to mark a message as needing further action without having to tell Siri "Remember This" or keep track of it in another app.
  • One major thing I have been asking for over, and over. If I delete on any Apple device, it will delete it in all my devices. It is crazy to have to crank up the iPad(s), and Mac to delete. How hard can it be to write that in. Sent from the iMore App
  • It's simple ... If you want the IOS experience, buy an iPhone otherwise, move on. Tired of people debating iOS vs android to prove they are the ultimate IOS or android fan. Sent from the iMore App
  • Besides marking messages as unread, I would really like the ability to use iMessage in Windows. I have a Macbook and a Windows desktop, I hate having my Mac around to type messages
  • I don't like how it stores a person's entire contact history. Like when someone changes their number. I start typing in their name and multiple numbers come up. No idea which is the current one. Pretty much have to guess.
  • Dark mode Sent from the iMore App
  • Ability to send one-way group messages (replies come just to me, not the whole group). I do this using SMS groups where one of the recipients doesn't have iMessage but if all of them do, it becomes an iMessage group chat where all replies go to everyone. Even the SMS groups are annoying because they can't be "named" so it is hard to search for them