Chapter 20. Mail and Messages
Your app can present an interface allowing the user to edit and send a mail message or an SMS message. Two view controller classes are provided by the Message UI framework; you’ll need to
@import MessageUI. In addition, the Social framework lets you post to Twitter or Facebook on the user’s behalf. You’ll need to
@import Social. The classes are:
- Allows composition and sending of a mail message.
- Allows composition and sending of an SMS message.
- Allows composition and sending of a Twitter or Facebook post. Alternatively, you can prepare and post a message directly using SLRequest.
UIActivityViewController (Chapter 13) also provides a unified interface for permitting the user to choose any of the built-in messaging milieus and to send a message through it. However, the Message UI framework and the Social framework remain important, because the user can be presented with a message form without having to pass through an activity view, and because you can fill in fields, such as the To field in a mail composition form, that UIActivityViewController doesn’t let you fill in.
The MFMailComposeViewController class, a UINavigationController, allows the user to edit a mail message. The user can attempt to send the message there and then, or can cancel but save a draft, or can cancel completely. Before using this class to present a view, call
canSendMail; if the result ...