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  • bill_the_geek Level 1 (0 points)



    I think this is the first time that I have ever heard of an app for Blackberry having an advantage over an app for iPhone.


    But I understand it.


    It's a limitation that iOS places on its app developers.  They cannot access the portion of the phone that handles SMS messages.  In its zeal to make the best overall user experience, Apple limits what third-party apps can do so as to avoid future issues.  However, the release cycle is too slow right now to account for the BIG push being made by government at all levels to find a technological solution to the problem of teen texting and driving.  In this scenario, Apple will not allow 3rd party apps to access SMS, and Apple can't get an update to iOS out the door soon enough to avoid being seen as a company that aids and abets driving texters.  The carriers can't even release apps for SMS blockage during driving because they are under the same restrictions as app developers.


    Apple has really painted themselves into a corner.  They have removed the ability of the third parties to make the needed apps, and they can't add a feature to iOS in a reasonable period of time.  I suspect we won't see this feature in iOS until at least version 8.  Version 7 is probably already locked down, unless it was already planned for version 7.


    Jailbreaking can void your warranty and can damage your phone, for which you would be liable. 




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  • tonefox Level 6 (9,155 points)

    I'm confused. If I receive a text whilst driving, I ignore it. The next time I choose to stop, i read it.  You don't need a technical answer, you just have to stop treating texts as desperatly  important.   ;-)

  • dreamgirl9 Level 1 (0 points)

    You have a point, but so do I.  the iphone is touted as one of the top phones to own in this world. which is why it's shocking that such a simple app has not been created for it.  it's very disappointing.

  • Sk8Dreams Level 3 (855 points)

    It's an app no one should need or use.  We shouldn't be talking on the phone while driving, either, and I confess to using bluetooth.  I've missed many a turn while on the phone, which is an illustration of how distracting it is.

  • dreamgirl9 Level 1 (0 points)

    u seriously need to leave this discussion because it doesn't concern u. this is for the folks who are looking for an auto texting app. if that doesn't apply to u, then buh-bye! :-)

  • bill_the_geek Level 1 (0 points)

    I can appreciate your opinion, but it is exactly that: your opinion.  Your ability to walk and chew gum at the same time does not equate to mine.  It is not illegal for me to talk on the phone while I drive.  So if you can't, that's your problem, not mine.  Don't impose your values on me.


    Again, this discussion is not about texting and driving, nor is it about talking and driving.  It's about an application that has the ability to sense when you are moving in a car and automatically reply to your texts with a message like "Texting and driving don't mix. I am driving; I can't text. I'll reply when I arrive."


    As it turns out, it is technically very difficult to have an app do this because of the iOS limitations on app interactions with the phone's functionality.  So for such a function, it is apparently up to Apple to supply it.

  • Len351 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm with you. What people fail to realize on here is that it can be used other than when you're driving. At a business meeting? Auto reply. Sick and sleeping? Auto reply. Or what I want it for - stuck in a group message and can't get out of it? Auto reply. When they see the same response over and over and over - they'll delete you from the group. I wish Apple could make a feature to leave group messages. I get the response "ask them to remove you." Easier said than them actually doing it.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,894 points)

    Regardless of the use case, there is no way to do that on an iPhone. And, because of the way apps are "sandboxed" (isolated from one another) there is no way for anyone to write an app to do that. Submit your feedback directly to Apple requesting such a feature:



    Best of luck.

  • BlackBrant Level 1 (0 points)

    Would it not be as easy as leaving your computer on at home with iMessages being sent to your mobile device AND computer then having a few command scripts in terminal to manage those messages (i.e. when you're about to hit the road send yourself a text (let's say "driving") and have terminal recognize that command to enter auto reply mode, then text yourself "not driving" to put terminal on standby)?

  • Michele712 Level 1 (0 points)

    This has been driving me crazy ever since I switched from my BlackBerry. I love a lot of things about the iPhone, but there are a lot of features the BlackBerry had that the iPhone doesn't. I miss them terribly! Really basic things for a power business user.


    To me, the auto reply has very little to do with whether I receive a text while driving. Though it would be helpful in that case, too. I don't have a problem letting a text go without a reply for an hour or more. Text has become the new email in that regard.


    But I had an app for BlackBerry called AutoTextBak. It was awesome. I used it in the same way as an out-of-office email reply. The purpose of that is so people don't think I'm ignoring them if I'm away from email. Same with voicemail. I can change my outgoing message if I'm on vacation or otherwise in a situation where I won't be checking (or wanting to reply to) voice mails.


    I receive a ton of texts for both business and personal reasons. Recently, I went on a retreat where there was no cell service for the weekend. Other than alerting my entire network of humans that I would be away from texts, the only alternative was for people to think I was ignoring them. And then I returned to a s***-load of texts, which is totally stressful.



  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,894 points)

    I don't disagree with you. I've used autoreply and text forwarding apps on Android phones for years. However, there is no way to help you on this. The feature doesn't exist natively and, as has been explained a couple of times in this thread, can't be added by a third party app. You can suggest to Apple that you'd like such a feature:



    My standard operating procedure, especially where work is concerned, is if it's a life or death emergency, call 911. We have trained ourselves, our families and our friends that it's reasonable to expect an immediate response to every communication. It is not. But, I also used to, back in the day, turn my answering machine on when I go home so I could screen calls and turned it off when I went out so that people couldn't leave messages.

  • Boney Franklin Level 1 (140 points)

    Use Siri.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,894 points)

    Boney Franklin wrote:


    Use Siri.

    Siri cannot autorespond.

  • Len351 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, as expected. My earlier reply was deleted. But the iPhone does have the ability to do this. You're just not allowed.

  • Len351 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you know the script to write, please share. I have no idea where to start, or how to do that.

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