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deltachat-ios

Email-based instant messaging for iOS.

Screenshot Chat List Screenshot Chat View

Testing

Betas are distributed via Testflight. Just scan this QR code with the camera app of your iPhone/iPad

QRCode

or open this link

https://testflight.apple.com/join/WVoYFOZe

on your iPhone or iPad to try Deltachat iOS Beta.

Check the Changelog (for TestFlight builds) at the bottom to see what's included.

How to build with Xcode

$ git clone git@github.com:deltachat/deltachat-ios.git
$ cd deltachat-ios
$ git submodule update --init
$ open deltachat-ios.xcworkspace # do not: open deltachat-ios.xcodeproj

This should open Xcode. Then make sure that at the top left in Xcode there is deltachat-ios selected as scheme (see screenshot below).

Screenshot

Now build and run - e.g. by pressing Cmd-r - or click on the triangle at the top:

Screenshot

Roadmap / TODO for 'minimal viable version'

  • use new deltachat-core-api and adapt threads to the following scheme: https://deltachat.github.io/api/ (the current ios-implementation relies on threads created by deltachat-core; this is no longer done)
  • threads should be created when going to foreground and removed when going to background. we could say, for the first version, we're a foreground app and figure out background things later
  • order: new group, new contact
  • allow group creation (leave out group settings and settings for contact for now)
  • text drafts support
  • support DC_EVENT_HTTP_GET event
  • add a progress indicator while doing the configuration
  • allow advanced configuration options on setup to make sure users can connect if the autoconfig fails (imap-server, imap-port, imap-flags, same for smtp)
  • allow re-configuring (e.g. after changing the IMAP/SMTP password) at an arbitrary point in time
  • allow sending of images and taking+sending photos directly from the camera. (videos and voice messages and other attachments can be done in a later version)
  • reception of images
  • ui-polishing, eg.
    • improve group creation UI
    • smarter time/date display (time beside messages, date as headlines)
    • adapt avatars (use the colored images from the chatlist also in the chat, no avatars beside outgoing messages
    • show e-mail-address in the chat-title and/or open profile when clicking on chat-title (subtitle) dc_chat_get_subtitle
  • read address book for contact suggestions
  • check notifications, currently there is only a vibrate, however, we should keep in mind that the first version may be a "foreground" app, so "system notifications" may be delayed to a later version
  • check how to solve this: new messages are only seen if a chat is closed and shown again (similar to that). No tune, no number at icon. https://github.com/deltachat/deltachat-ios/issues/9#issue-356157986

Changelog (for TestFlight builds)

Beta 7

2019-01-21

Beta 6

2019-01-08

Beta 5

2018-10-01

  • allow advanced configuration options on setup to make sure users can connect if the autoconfig fails (imap-server, imap-port, imap-flags, same for smtp)

Beta 4

2018-09-18

  • display last DC_EVENT_ERROR string upon configuration failure

Beta 3

2018-09-17

  • support automatic configuration via DC_EVENT_HTTP_GET event
  • progress indicator while doing the configuration
  • fixes iPad crash

Beta 2

2018-07-26

  • new deltachat-core-api (no more polling, much faster)
  • groups can be created
  • text drafts support

Beta 1

2018-06-11

  • UI: colored initial circles
  • screens and menus now more closely resemble the Android version, while staying true to iOS conventions
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