Telegram 5 Gains In-App Notifications and Swift Code Rebuild for Faster Speeds

Telegram received a major update today that includes new in-app notifications and a complete rewrite of the encrypted messaging app in Apple's Swift coding language, resulting in all-round faster performance and better energy efficiency.


On the face of it, the Telegram 5.0 interface looks just like the previous version, but the developers say that rebuilding the app in Swift has made it "faster, sleeker and more battery-friendly," and has also removed a bunch of persistent bugs.

The speed improvements should be immediately noticeable, particularly when viewing animations in chat threads and syncing messages across multiple devices. At the same time, the new in-app notifications allow users to keep on top of new messages without leaving conversations. From the Telegram blog:
The new expandable in-app notifications will help you focus on whatever you're doing in the app without having to ignore incoming messages. When a notification arrives, pull it down to open the relevant chat. When you’re done with the interruption, simply close it to get right back to what you were doing.
Elsewhere, the app now includes streaming support for audio files and improved navigation for busy chats, while the app icon message counter has been tweaked so that it no longer shows the number of unread messages in muted chats, which should make it a lot more informative.

Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]



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9 months ago
They removed the Apple Watch app, which is rather disappointing. Communication is one of the main use cases for the Apple Watch alongside fitness.
Their Telegram X app, which was like the incubator for this new codebase, also had no Apple Watch app, and I was kinda hoping that they would add one back in before replacing the main Telegram all with the new codebase but alas it seems they went ahead with the update without an Apple Watch app.
Rating: 10 Votes
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9 months ago
Telegram = love
Rating: 7 Votes
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9 months ago

I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.


1. iMessage is only for iOS. Telegram is available on every platform
2. iMessage is only for messaging. Telegram is both text and audio
3. iMessage may be secure, but I trust Telegram (just read news about their encounter with Russian FSB)
4. Telegram interface is more organized.
Rating: 7 Votes
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9 months ago
but no more Apple Watch app!
Rating: 6 Votes
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8 months ago

Which you can do with Apple's Messages app. I do it all the time. Texting and sending pictures anyway.

Using SMS and MMS? Sorry, doesn't count. :)
Rating: 4 Votes
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9 months ago
Telegram is awesome on iPhone and windows app.
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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.

Because it available on non iOS devices.
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8 months ago

1. iMessage is only for iOS. Telegram is available on every platform
2. iMessage is only for messaging. Telegram is both text and audio
3. iMessage may be secure, but I trust Telegram (just read news about their encounter with Russian FSB)
4. Telegram interface is more organized.


5. Send, receive and open any file until 1,5GB
6. Groups of infinite people
7. Public channels
8. Usernames, so you dont have to discosure your number to strangers
9. Secret chats
10. PiP of videos
11. Playlists inside the app
12. Instant view of articles and websites inside the app
13. Themes
14. Amazing stickers FREE
15. Amazing UI
16. Share location with a group
17. Send files without compression
18. Encrypted calls with amazing quality
19. Audio messages that actually work and you can hear them
20. Pinned chats
21. Pinned messages inside groups
22. Message replys
23. And so on

iMessage is so archaic when compared to Telegram
Rating: 2 Votes
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8 months ago

I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.

To add something on, it’s like what iMessage should be. You can even edit messages for typos, reply to messages which allows you to autoquote so you know where you are in conversations.

I originally started using it as I have a friend who uses windows to work and hated signal’s application for Mac and loosing my messages when I switched devices. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and feel like their software is top notch IMO.
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8 months ago

5. Send, receive and open any file until 1,5GB
6. Groups of infinite people
7. Public channels
8. Usernames, so you dont have to discosure your number to strangers
9. Secret chats
10. PiP of videos
11. Playlists inside the app
12. Instant view of articles and websites inside the app
13. Themes
14. Amazing stickers FREE
15. Amazing UI
16. Share location with a group
17. Send files without compression
18. Encrypted calls with amazing quality
19. Audio messages that actually work and you can hear them
20. Pinned chats
21. Pinned messages inside groups
22. Message replys
23. And so on

iMessage is so archaic when compared to Telegram

iMessages voice message quality is so 60s but hey we have mimoji instead!
Rating: 1 Votes
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8 months ago
100% free and no ads. Would someone mind explaining how the developer supports itself and the necessary bandwidth and infrastructure?

If the product is free, chances are you're the product.
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