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Psss...iOS 7 lets users take screenshots of Snapchat messages without squealing

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Psss...iOS 7 lets users take screenshots of Snapchat messages without squealing
Snapchat is the Mission Impossible of messaging apps. Once the message is opened by the recipient, he or she has 10 seconds to read it before the message disappears. That makes the app a favorite of sexters everywhere. Despite the short screen life of a Snapchat message, the recipient can take a screenshot of it to get around the system and keep the message forever.

But there is a punishment for those who try to allow a Snapchat to live on in the form of  a screenshot. The sender of the disappearing message receives notification that a screenshot of the message was taken. This was done to allow someone sending an X-rated Snapchat message to know who is sending him/her those threatening blackmail letters.

Once iOS 7 is installed on Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units through the land, those days of knowing if that Snapchat picture of you wearing nothing but a smile has been memorialized using a screenshot. The release notes for iOS 7 beta 2 says that "Active touches are no longer canceled when the user takes a screenshot." Because the removal of an Active Touch is how Snapchat determines if a screenshot has been taken of a message, on iOS 7, Snapchat users will not be able to know if one was taken.

Can Snapchat come up with a fix that will allow message senders to know when their secret messages have been kept for posterity? If not, the release of iOS 7 could mean the beginning of the end of this innovative and quirky messaging app.

Screenshots from Snapchat
Screenshots from Snapchat
Screenshots from Snapchat

Screenshots from Snapchat


source: Snapchats via MacRumors, Gizmodo

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posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:33

1. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Another feature stolen from android

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:57

4. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How so?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 13:00

6. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


taking a screenshot is an android feature

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 14:28 2

7. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 399; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Actually android didnt even natively support screenshots until 4.0+

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 14:58 2

8. downphoenix (Posts: 2426; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


actually iOS had that feature for about 2 years before Android got it.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 16:14 1

9. Blazers (Posts: 249; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Son, have you ever heard of S60? It had this ability before Android even existed. So who's copying who? Come up with a better argument next time that doesn't make you look like an ass.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 17:23

10. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Grow up

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:08

2. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)


ok nice

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:13 2

3. quakan (Posts: 1226; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Sexters Beware.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 12:59

5. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


you mad bro?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 18:57

11. quakan (Posts: 1226; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


No, I've never used it.

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