Ben Rosen



TypeStatus Plus

Creators: The team over at HASHBANG Productions

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TypeStatus Plus is a paid iOS jailbreak tweak, or runtime extension that adds a lot of message related features to iOS. It builds off the tweak Type Status, which is used and enjoyed by thousands, which shows a typing indicator in your status bar for the stock Messages app. TypeStatus Plus builds on this by adding support for many popular apps, like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Messenger. It also comes with an API that I did extensive work on where any other developer can add TypeStatus support to an app. I enjoyed working on this tweak because I got to explore parts of iOS that I don't normally work with. I learned a lot about working with users during the beta period of this tweak.

I also worked to implement many new features, such as inline messaging bubbles that appear when someone starts typing. This feature involved diving right into Apple's Messages app code and adding the bubble in without disrupting any other processes.

TypeStatus Plus is also the first jailbreak tweak that has features for the Apple Watch. We worked dilligentely to get a custom app added to the apple watch.

We also decided to open source TypeStatus Plus so others can learn from the code. Available on Github.


Description

TypeStatus Plus can help you see who currently typing a message to you no matter what app you use. Whether this is WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, or even the default iOS Messages app, TypeStatus Plus supports all of these and more.

But, it does not end there. TypeStatus Plus has an API allowing developers to make "providers" to support any given app. With this addition, it is unlikely there will be an app TypeStatus Plus doesn’t support.

With TypeStatus Plus, you will never be left without typing notifications. TypeStatus Plus supports the Apple Watch and Bluetooth Low Energy devices, such as the Pebble smartwatch. TypeStatus Plus deeply integrates with the Apple Watch, leaving you with a sleek interface to enjoy.

In your Messages app, you can always see who is typing. When you’re in the conversation list, a typing indicator will conveniently be added to the given conversation. When you’re talking to multiple people at once, this will really come in handy.

If someone is typing for a while, and you don’t really know what’s going on, you can always click the typing indicator in your status bar to open up the messages app to your conversation. There has never been a way to access the messaging from the typing indicator with such ease.

In addition, you can keep track of your unread messages. From the TypeStatus Plus settings, you can configure any app and the badge count for said app will be in your status bar at all times. If you don’t have any unread messages, TypeStatus Plus will remove it from your status bar, leaving it clutter free.

You also will get notifications for when someone starts typing, so that when you’re away from your phone, all of your TypeStatus Plus notifications will still be there. Now, you can always see when someone is composing a message to you.