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Delta Chat iOS is catching up!
February 04, 2021 by bjoern, paula (screenshots)
Delta Chat iOS is available
since about a year now 🎉 —
while being nicely usable and working, compared to the more mature Android and Desktop versions, some UI-features were just missing from our iOS app. Note that all platforms share the same, stable Rust-core so you can expect the same core functionality and stability that our longer evolving Android and Desktop apps enjoy.
With the releases of the lasts months and with the brand new iOS 1.16 release we were closing several gaps and added lots of features to the iOS user-interface:
We’ve added multi select for messages - long-tap a message, “select more” and forward or delete several messages together.
You see a nice image in the gallery of a larger chat - but you cannot really remember the context? Long-tapping the image and selecting show in chat brings you directly to the correct message in the chat now (this feature is even released first on iOS - other platforms will follow)
When using multi-select or show-in-chat, you will notice the improved context menus that show the available options directly together with the selection.
These menus are available since iOS 13 and they are a good example why native UI development rules for every-day-apps as messengers - they just look, feel and work better than platform-independent compromises.
Before sending an image, you can now add some text: Use the camera or the gallery as usual - the image will be shown above the input field where you can add some text and finally tap the send-button.
In the same way, you can add some description to videos, gif, documents or files
Moreover, you can have a closer look at a draft by tapping on it. A large preview opens which is especially useful for documents to double check the file you are about to send.
The preview allows even basic editing, like drawing on images or cutting videos. To enable editing, use the edit button in the upper right corner of the preview.
We did some effort to improve accessibility - thanks to our community helping us to target some issues. Please let us know, if you encounter more issues.
Before 1.16, but never mentioned in an dedicated iOS blog post, we added global search, disappearing messages, swipe-to-reply, improved video recording and message view and much more.
Currently, we are working on improving background notifications - depending how often you use Delta Chat and depending on how many other apps you have installed, iOS does not allow us to check for new messages as we would like to do. This is a known issue and there are ongoing efforts to address the issue – stay tuned :)
Finally, it is worth mentioning, that, despite all these new features
the minimal requirements have not changed:
iOS 11, iPhone 5s or iPad 5/Air/Mini are still sufficient.
Although supporting old systems is quite some additional work, we have resisted the temptation to increase requirements several times. So, existing devices can be continued for everyone’s benefit (maybe beside Apple’s :)
As always, you’ll find the new iOS version in Apple’s App Store.
Finally, of course, if you do not use an Apple device: Delta Chat is available for lots of other platforms.