Concept sees how Apple could improve iMessage by implementing link previews

Concept sees how Apple could improve iMessage by implementing link previews

One of the apps that doesn't get much love from Apple on iOS 9 is Posts (Messages). Although it changes a little bit here and there, there is no big news in the new operating system for those who exchange messages using the iMessage network.

Thinking about it, Michael Steeber of 9to5Mac published a concept with a simple suggestion that would “modernize” iMessage: previews of links.

Just as it happens today in apps like Slack and HipChat (until Microsoft has already started to implement the feature, in Skype), the idea that when the person pastes a certain URL the application automatically "improves" it, making it more useful before the user even touches it. Among the possibilities are:

  • Show the content of tweets.
  • Load the video master image.
  • Show the app name and icon.
  • Preload images from social networks like Instagram.
  • and by the go

With an API ready for this, Apple could, according to Steeber, even take the feature to apps like Mail and Notes, optionally opening it to all developers.

All the details of the concept, as well as several images, are in this post of 9to5Mac. Hopefully Apple will not delay until iOS 10 to implement something like this