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Why can't I schedule messages in iMessage? Craig Federighi explains

Just now, we talked about the new feature of Telegram that allows the user schedule a message to be sent to a particular contact instead of sending it immediately. Users of iMessageSo you might ask yourself: Why doesn't the Apple Messenger have something like that? Was it simply Ma's unwillingness?

Well, now we know the answer no. That's because the Reddit user u / Jmaster_88 sent an email to Apple's software cheff, Craig Federighiby asking exactly that and received a very detailed answer about Ma's considerations about such a feature.

This was the message sent by the user (our translation):

Good night, Mr. Federighi,

I thought of a cool feature that I would like to see adopted by you. IMessage should have an option to write a message that would be automatically sent at a later date or time. For example, if I remember something important to write to someone but late at night, I could schedule a message that would be sent to that person at a time I chose in the morning. This is a particularly important resource for me as I tend to stay up all night and always end up with a lot of message reminders I need to send in the morning. It would be nice if iMessage could automatically send them to me at a certain time.

No one would expect Craig himself to respond so attentively, but that's exactly what happened. That was the answer from the executive (also our translation):

Hi John,

This is something that we certainly consider (and continue to consider).

Of course something like this would come with some complex points, such as:

– How to represent messages not yet sent;

– The ability to delete or edit pending messages;

– What to do if someone sends you a message when you have pending messages for that person (for example, you just throw pending messages in their face?)

In addition, there is the social issue that you would end up texting at a time when you would not be available to respond to your contacts. This could be confusing to the person on the other side, as they would have the impression that you would be ready to answer on your phone once you "just" texted her.

These are all really valid points, both the user and Craig's. True, Apple could, if it wished, solve these problems raised with a good deal of creativity and artificial intelligence, as it has done with so many other elements of its services.

Or perhaps even Telegram previously had a feature that works as well as message scheduling: the ability to send a silent message, which generates a notification on the recipient's device but produces no sound or light.

What do you guys think?

via Cult of Mac