Columba: Jailbreak tweak brings some biteSMS features to iOS 8 [Updated]

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We all know that the legendary biteSMS tweak for Messages hasn’t been compatible with iOS 8, but a new jailbreak tweak known as Columba tries to replace it by porting some of its features to iOS 8.

Update: Please proceed with caution, as some users have reported hitting issues after installing it.

Other than bringing Quick Compose and Quick Reply features, the tweak also supports message forwarding and scheduling, message templates, Emoji popup and much more.

Once you install Columba, a dedicated preferences pane will be available in Settings where you can configure the options provided by the tweak. You can choose between Native or Windowed interface style for quick compose where the later allows you to compose a new message via a popup window whereas the Native style displays the full Messages interface.


There are two ways in which Quick Compose can be invoked. You can launch it via the volume HUD by tapping on the little compose button available on the corner of the HUD or you can invoke it via an Activator gesture. The pane also features options for scheduling messages to be delivered at a specific time as well as creating your own custom message templates.


Columba also provides a quick shortcut to its features via the Messages interface. When you’re inside a conversation, you’ll notice that the camera button has been replaced with a plus button. Tapping on it displays a popup containing Emoji along with buttons for scheduling a message, inserting an image or using a custom message template.

Columba is not as polished as it should have been and is far from being a biteSMS replacement. There’s still a lot of issues that the developer needs to iron out. For instance, when quick compose is invoked, there’s a delay of few seconds until the window appears. I’m also not fond of the design of the user interface as the buttons are not evenly spaced and the text size is too small. Another issue of Columba that is worth mentioning is that when you schedule a message from within a conversation, it sometimes causes the app to crash right away.

Columba is available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $2.99 but I wouldn’t recommend you to purchase it until the developer has fixed all the known issues. If you’ve already installed it on your device, let us know what you think about the tweak in the comments section below.

As we reported earlier in the week, iOS 9 will finally bring Quick Reply to your favorite Messaging apps. If you’re looking for the QuickReply feature right now then you can try tweaks like Couria, Nuntius, Envelope, TwitkaFly and QuickReplier for Viber that bring Quick Reply to some of the popular Messaging apps right now. Couria brings enhanced Quick Reply and Quick Compose to the Messages app, Nuntius brings Quick Reply to WhatsApp, Envelope brings the feature to Telegram, TwitkaFly brings Quick Compose and Quick Reply to Tweetbot and Twitter, and the last one as the name suggests brings the Quick Reply feature to Viber.

Update: Please proceed with caution, as some users have reported hitting issues after installing it. It seems to have compatibility issues with other Quick Reply tweaks. We’ll update the post when the developer releases an update with bug fixes.